Effexor withdrawal symptoms can occur at any dosage. Effexor withdrawl symptoms
can begin within eight hours of a missed dose and can last from one to eight
weeks. Effexor withdrawal symptoms can easily last beyond eight weeks.
Obviously, the best way to avoid Effexor withdrawal is to avoid Effexor.
Consider using Deprex, the natural alternative, for depression symptoms. Deprex
quickly, safely, effectively and gently eases depression symptoms without the
side effects or withdrawal symptoms typically associated with Effexor and other
If already using Effexor, the best advice is to taper off slowly instead of
going “cold turkey.” It is important to develop a specific tapering schedule
with your health care provider to minimize Effexor withdrawl symptoms. Anyone
discontinuing Effexor runs the risk of suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
Over 50 different symptoms have been reported with antidepressant withdrawal,
with dizziness nausea, fatigue, headache, gait instability and insomnia the most
Withdrawal is most common with antidepressants that have a short half-life. A
half-life is the amount of time it takes for half the drug to clear from your
body. Effexor, tricyclics, MAOIs and most SSRIs all have the potential to cause
Of the SSRIs, Prozac generally causes the least amount of withdrawal symptoms
because of its long half-life of two to four days. In comparison, Effexor has a
half-life of about five hours. Effexor withdrawal symptoms can begin after
missing a single dose.
Effexor, Paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro top the “Worst Offenders” list of withdrawal
symptoms. Almost 80 percent of people experience withdrawal symptoms when
discontinuing Effexor. At least half the people who stop using Paxil experience
withdrawal symptoms. The newer medications Serzone, Wellbutrin and Remeron
rarely produce withdrawal symptoms.
Muscle and joint pain
Jolting electric "zaps”
Flu symptoms and general malaise
Sleep disturbance and insomnia
Memory and concentration difficulties
Chills and hot flashes
One particularly disturbing antidepressant withdrawal symptom is hallucinations.
While working through the physical and emotional effects of Effexor withdrawl
symptoms, hallucinations can make the sufferer feel as if they are going crazy.
You are not going crazy. You unwittingly became hooked on a drug that your
doctor, by prescribing it, told you was okay.
Like Celex, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants, Deprex aids in
the production, increase and release of serotonin. Unlike prescriptive
antidepressant medications, Deprex is a non-prescriptive, all-natural
“antidepressant” that provides the necessary dietary precursors to complement
the body's own ability to produce and release Serotonin. Deprex also affects
Norepinephrine activity while reducing Cortisol secretion. This natural
rebalancing of brain biochemistry calms anxiety while easing depression - all
without side effects.