I've been on Effexor XR 225 mg since I was 15 years old, I am not about to be 24. I hate the stuff. It worked for a while but I think the last couple of years it has reversed. MY doctor has started me on Lamictol and it is doing great. Now she is taking me off of Effexer by having me take Lexapro. The mg isnt high really but I feel like I'm going crazy. I take a lexapro during the day when I feel like I'm about to go off the deep end. This has been going on for about a week. I feel like I could sleep 24/7. She gave me samples and I am almost out. I am scared of what is going to happen when I take the last pill. So is it normal to use lexapro to come off of effexor? How long does it take to be rid of the effexor withdrawls? She had me take 2 effexor then 1 then now 1 lexapro.