Effexor Withdrawal Symptoms and Strategies

effexor withdrawal symptomsBe prepared for the Effexor withdrawal symptoms by learning techniques and strategies for dealing with the pain.


Effexor withdrawal symptoms, along with Paxil withdrawal symptoms, have truly set the standard for pain and suffering from an antidepressant.


As you continue to read, here’s a few things to keep in mind about Effexor withdrawal symptoms:

  • Severe withdrawal symptoms can develop from patients on any level of dosage, so if you’re taking a low dose don’t think you’re necessarily safe.
  • Effexor withdrawal symptoms can easily last two months or more, and some people don’t feel back to normal even after a year of discontinuation.
  • Because Effexor has a ‘half-life’ of about five hours, withdrawal symptoms can develop from missing only one dose.
  • (The half-life refers to the amount of time it takes the body to metabolize one-half of the drug.) Five hours is a frighteningly short half-life for a drug of this nature. It almost guarantees problems.
  • One Harvard study found 78% of patients experienced withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing Effexor XR making it the only drug worse than Paxil in this regard.

In the next few paragraphs you’re going to learn just how serious this can be. Or to get straight to the bottom line and read about what helps the severe withdrawal symptoms, click here.

So what’s the ‘official’ word on withdrawal?

Wyeth-Ayerst, the manufacturer of Effexor and Effexor XR, did a survey of all the patients in the clinical trial’s testing program. According to their method of counting, 35% of the Effexor patients experienced withdrawal symptoms ranging from a flu-like syndrome to insomnia, nausea, nervousness, and loss of energy.

Also, from the FDA medical products reporting program, the list of withdrawal symptoms from Effexor include:

agitation, anorexia, anxiety, confusion, coordination impaired, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, dysphoric mood, fasciculation, fatigue, headaches, hypomania, insomnia, nausea, nervousness, nightmares, sensory disturbances (including shock-like electrical sensations), somnolence, sweating, tremor, vertigo, and vomiting.

One more common effect not mentioned above is long term vision problems.

Most likely, 35 percent is an underestimate of Effexor’s withdrawal problems.

What’s not in dispute is the high number of ‘serious’ side effects from withdrawal.

The FDA defines as ‘serious’ any side effect that causes

  • death,
  • hospitalization,
  • cancer,
  • permanent disability, or
  • birth defects.

‘Serious’ events occurred in 201 of the 2,181 Effexor patients in the FDA’s safety evaluation, or 9 percent overall.

What does this mean to you?

Withdrawal is nothing to play around with. Some people have been forced to open a capsule, count out the number of granules, and take one less granule every day. As a way to deal with the withdrawal pain.

(You can’t just remove one granule, because some capsules have more granules than others. You have to count the number in each pill each day.)

In addition to counting granules, it’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead you to such a painful place.

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