When doing some research on the drug Effexor, I found a website that had a petition to take action against Effexor. I, personally, have signed it for I feel it makes an excellent point. I, by no means pressure you all to sign it, but I would rather make it available for you to check out if you do so choose to sign it.
The link for the site is: petitiononline.com/effexor/
SOOO- I am in. What do I need to do to help get this petition going. My dad and sister are both on effexor. They can't even begin to realize what this is.
Get a pill cutter, get the regular time release pills and go off it slow. it is still horrible. but, do it. I have read some really bad and permanent effects of effexor.
I have signed the petition!!
It makes me feel better knowing that I am not the only one who has gone through such hell trying to get off of a drug that no one warned me about the terrible side effects of. I have been on effexor xr (75mg), for migraine treatment - about 15 a month, for the last 5 years and within the last year I have been SLOWLY tapering myself off of it. I dont think my doctor got it when I told him that I wanted off of this drug because of what it did to me- the brain zaps, nauseousness, decreased/lack of sex drive, weight gain headaches etc etc.
First I started the taper from 75 mg down to the 37.5 mg dosage for quite some time. I wish I better documented this.
After about 2 months, I was told that I needed to start counting the pellets. At first, I did not notice a drastic difference in how I felt. Each day I would try to take out an additional pellet. On days where I started feeling the side effects, I would go back to the previous number (add another pellet). I had become very frustrated with this and started removing more and more pellets every 2 days to where I was down to 4!! Wow. At this point I still had some of the side effects of withdrawal but it was tolerable. I felt lightheaded at times and I would get headaches, but nothing over the counter pain reliever couldnt cure. It's a bizarre feeling- these brain zaps.
I have been effexor free for 1 week now, and I cant say that I feel 100% as I'm sure it takes some time for the drug to get out of the system, but I feel better knowing that I never have to torture my body again. I have found that taking Omega3 vitamins does seem to help a little.
I just wish the doctors would tell patients the side effects of these drugs prior to prescribing them. I know that if I would have known about this beforehand, I would have found another doctor. I would rather have migraines than torture my body the way I have for the last 5+ years!
I was on this for a year of HELL. I lost alot during that time. I had the side affects for just over a year. I hope you are well now.