I've been on Effexor (300 mg/day), Celexa (40 mg/day), and Trazadone (150 mg/day) since 2002. For about the last 8 months I noticed that the medication wasn't as effective as when I first started. I had gotten to the point where I would break down in tears at least once a week, I had no energy & rarely left my house on the weekends when I didn't have to go to work. I see my psychiatrist every other month, and I finally convinced him to change my meds when I saw him on the 10th.
He recommended that I take half the dose of the meds on the following day (Saturday), no meds on Sunday, and then start on 75 mg of Wellbutrin on Monday while continuing on the Trazadone to help my sleep. I became extremely ill early Monday morning with vomiting and diarrhea. I was not even able to keep down water so I was not able to start the Wellbutrin on Monday. I thought it was food poisoning, but now reading the withdrawal symptoms listed in this forum I believe it that was not the case.
The diarrhea continues (it's been a week now), and I am still having trouble eating. It seems that the only things that agree with me are bannanas, yogurt & oatmeal. I am also experiencing a severe tingling sensation in my face and hands, almost like my skin is crawling. I've been dizzy, going between sweating profusely and chills. I had the skin crawling sensation for a few months usually in the evenings, but my doctor insisted that it was not a side effect of the medication since I had been on it for so long without side effects. The sensation is now 20 times worse, and I am sure that the medication is the cause.
After reading the posts about the symptoms and slowly weaning off these medications, I am now concerned about my doctor's advice. I was wondering if I should start taking the Effexor & the Celexa again then start to wean off, or if I should continue on this path of cold turkey since I've already done this for a week. I'm concerned because it is interfering with my ability to work, and I really don't want to end up in the hospital again like in 2002. I will be contacting my doctor again in the morning, but I will also appreciate any advice you can provide!
P.S. I read an earlier reply to a post where a member compared the withdrawal symptoms of Effexor to coming down from a Cocaine high. Having now experienced both (although it's been over 10 years since using illegal drugs for me), I can say this is much worse.
Thank you in advance!!