“Are We There Yet??!” My Last Days on Effexor XR

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Just as I was about to shout from the rafters that I’m down to 112.5 mg of Effexor XR, down from an initial dose of 600 mg, and a steady dose of 450 mg for almost exactly seven years, and better yet, will soon say goodbye once and for all to the substance that has done nothing but make me … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Are We There Yet??!” My Last Days on Effexor XR

Chasing Ghosts/What Flu Season? It’s Effexor Withdrawal Season…

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A week into my new antidepressant-free existence, the withdrawal syndrome (from Effexor XR, taken for seven years,  six of them spent at 450 mg, this most recent one on 300 mg after a 150 mg in one shot taper during my hospital stay in February – the first one of those in five years… :takuts ) caught up with Ms. … Read More

jenniferlreimerChasing Ghosts/What Flu Season? It’s Effexor Withdrawal Season…

We live on a mountain, right at the top

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Effexor: Evil?, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal

Picture a switch. Today I believe that I and my loved ones are destined for greatness – that we’ll do something no matter how big, no matter how small, that will change allathis for the better, that multiple consciousnesses will be unburdened, some degree of freedom will somewhere, somehow, be attained because of us, this moment, the next… Back in … Read More

jenniferlreimerWe live on a mountain, right at the top

Effexor Withdrawal, Rage, Anxiety, etc.

jenniferlreimerThe Psych Ward

Nine days in the ward now?  Tomorrow I will finally regain access to my laptop, as I got one of those rare psych nurses today, quick on her feet, somewhat of a deviant herself, but able to get a “situation” under control with the snap of her fingers.  She was shocked to see that I was still wearing hospital issue … Read More

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Zap, Zap, Zap…oh, I forgot about you, Effexor!

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IT ALL MAKES SENSE!… I woke up at 6 am, 8 am, and then fell asleep and did not wake up until 3 pm!  Sweet, I thought, I managed to sleep away most of this day – but then I started weeping.  Alarryk is still not here.  I sent a barrage of text messages, hoping for a miraculous response, knowing … Read More

jenniferlreimerZap, Zap, Zap…oh, I forgot about you, Effexor!

Effexor Withdrawal Video Blog

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The cure for Effexor withdrawal? Effexor! But I would rather go through a month of hell than several years of discomfort…can’t they just knock me out for a month? Scary…very scary… kinda makes you want to choose “Effexor for Life!” And all of the YouTube “commenters” are on 150 mg – a third of what I’m on. If you live … Read More

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SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome: Brain Shivers/Brain Zaps and Permanent Brain Damage

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…makes quite a bit of sense…kind of like a very mild version of electroconvulsive “therapy” on a daily basis…I would imagine that would cause brain damage, and that the damage would increase with time… I wonder how much pharma-junkies like me and this youtube poster outnumber those addicted to “illegal substances”…I’m sure the statistics are staggering, but will never be … Read More

jenniferlreimerSSRI Withdrawal Syndrome: Brain Shivers/Brain Zaps and Permanent Brain Damage

“Brain Shivers”: From Chatroom to Clinic” – I beg to differ!!

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The following article claims that brain-zaps or “brain shivers” – part of the withdrawal syndrome one experiences when getting off Effexor as well as certain SSRIs (some are worse than others – i.e. Paxil) are a phenomenon that arose not from these brain-disabling drugs, but from blogs and chat forums on the internet, including Brainzaps: A Journal of Effexor Withdrawal! … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Brain Shivers”: From Chatroom to Clinic” – I beg to differ!!

“Wellness Park”

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…”Mulling over these questions, I wandered into the Wyeth Ayerst product display area for the drug Effexor, named “Wellness Park” on an enormous banner.  I struck up a conversation with a sales representative from Florida, who had taken some anthropology courses in college.  We chatted about the displays, many of which showed the same smiling woman in three photographs, the … Read More

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Good ol’ Effexor rears its ugly head again…

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A description of Effexor (XR) and its “effects” and withdrawal syndrome from the bizzare site www.crazymeds.us – a site that seems to be purporting the use of psychiatric medications, but also making fun of and at the same time warning people of possible horrors?  I feel morally ambiguous about the site, but it offered a quite accurate description of meds … Read More

jenniferlreimerGood ol’ Effexor rears its ugly head again…