Medical Specialty >> Psychiatry

Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry Answers

Back to Psychiatry Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 8/24/2017.

Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms

 Mrdepressed - Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:01 pm

I take 150 mg of effexor xr a day and one time I decided to stop taking it. I really felt like I was too dependent on the drug. Yet, two days later I felt very dizzy, light headed, and moody. Fine, I can deal with that. But when I went to bed nightmares appeared so incredible and vivid that I woke up screaming. Each time I closed my eyes, they would come back. They were more like seizures than nightmares, for I was unable to come out of the state of shock after closing my eyes. My body and mind would cunvulse and I could get no sleep at all. It was very messed up and probably the most frightning experence in my life. I have read posts about people coming off effexor but have found no related symtoms as I had (Luck them!). As I came of effexor and went to bed...what happened to me?
Thank you.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Jan 15, 2005 7:16 am

User avatar Hi Mrdepressed,
Withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants including effexor may include:
anxiety, dizziness, fatigue, headache, insomnia, nausea, restlessness, tremors,
visual hallucinations/illusions. Abrupt stopage of antidepressants should not be done.
They should be slowly tapered.
 Mrdepressed - Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:30 pm

Thank you for your reply. Even as I tried tapering off effexor slowly I got the same symtoms. I wish I could go back in time to before I got put on all these meds, for now it is physically and mentally impossible to withdraw. I don't recomend antidepressants for anybody...who is proven depressed.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us