Since: Jan 08

Wheeling, WV

#1 Jan 9, 2012
Anybody out there on Effexor and how long, also how much? I have been on Effexor XR 225mg for about 12 years. I have had a weight gain from it and also from a injury. I have gained around 100lbs and it really sucks. I get the sweats and twitches and i have thought about weaning off of it but from what i have heard it's nasty. Any comments feel free to add.

Fairmont, WV

#2 Jan 28, 2012
Effexor is poison, like many big pharma products. It is highly physically addictive and many people find they want to get off of the stuff due to the unacceptable side effects and end up with horrible withdrawal symptoms...brain zaps, shakes, weakness, nausea, the list goes on. Some people are never able to stop taking it once they start for this reason. Also, the extended release version is particularly nasty as it does not last the full time it is supposed to (this drug has a very short acting time) and you end up craving your next dose before it's due. Look it up on your favourite search engine sometime, it's a bad substance.
Been there

Akron, OH

#3 Feb 22, 2012
What eek said. I was on it for 18 months, 75 mg XR. It nearly drove me crazy so I decided to wean off it with a doctor's supervision. I won't divulge details but it was the worst period of my life.

I tried two other ADs after that and I'm now drug free, thank God.

Effexor is the pits. I'm sorry about what you're going through.

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