Common Effexor withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, gait instability and insomnia. Some may even report flu-like symptoms, and the range of symptoms may be mild to severe.
What Is Effexor?
Effexor is an antidepressant that acts as a stimulant and has occasionally been used to treat ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
One reasons is that children and adults who suffer from ADHD are at increased risk of developing depression.
The full list of withdrawal symptoms includes: tremors , visual hallucinations, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, sweating, fever, abdominal discomfort, mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, flu symptoms, general malaise, decrease in appetite, anxiety, agitation, irritability, and memory and concentration difficulties.
In addition, a serious condition called serotonin syndrome can develop in those who take drugs that increase serotonin in the body.
Report any side effects to your doctor. In particular, be sure to immediately report any severe or unusual reactions to your doctor.
If necessary, seek emergency medical treatment especially cases of extreme physical reactions while taking Effexor. This may include extreme swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviors, etc. Once your symptoms are stabilized and you are discharged from the hospital, follow up with your prescribing doctor.
How To Avoid Withdrawal
The best way to avoid withdrawal from Effexor is to only take Effexor exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
In addition, please do not stop taking Effexor without first consulting with your doctor. You will likely need to gradually reduce the dose before stopping Effexor completely. This should only be done under the supervision of a professional.
Suddenly stopping this medication may cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects.
If already using this medication, 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 withdrawal symptoms.
Anyone discontinuing this medication runs the risk of suffering the above-mentioned withdrawal symptoms.
Warning About Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy
For pregnant women, there is a risk of withdrawal affecting developing fetuses. For more information, read about the risks of combining antidepressants and pregnancy.
Do not share share your medication or sell it to others. Do not operate heavy machinery, and never drink and drive while taking Effexor, as it may worsen the effects of alcohol.