“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…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, Effexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, The Psych Ward, Transcend

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…

Searching for Permanence on the Downtown Eastside (Broken Glass)

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If you have read some past posts I’ve written about the Downtown Eastside (DTES) (most can be found here), “Canada’s poorest postal code”, Vancouver’s skid-row, “the site of the only open-air drug market in Canada” <quick, get the children away from the TV set!>, you know that I’m a little enamoured with the place.  Like me, it’s got very visible … Read More

jenniferlreimerSearching for Permanence on the Downtown Eastside (Broken Glass)

“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

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When I was released from the hospital, here in Vancouver – St. Paul’s denison of horrors to be specific – in February, one condition of my freedom was that I see a psychiatrist at one of the regional hubs for “mental health team” intervention in the city.  I had tried utilizing this service once before, when I first moved here, … Read More

jenniferlreimer“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

YOU Know Your Body: Buh-bye Epival and Remeron, Hi there, metabolism!

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Just a quick check-in regarding the taper I planned in the previous post.  For the past two days I have taken half of the dosage of Epival, and half of the dosage of Remeron, that had been prescribed to me in the hospital.  On these drugs I felt a naturally high metabolism start to lag to a near stop.  I … Read More

jenniferlreimerYOU Know Your Body: Buh-bye Epival and Remeron, Hi there, metabolism!

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!

erowid.org – The Venlafaxine (Effexor) Vault

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A series of “random” events yesterday led me to Erowid.  I would imagine a lot of readers are familiar with the site, the subtitle of which is “documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactives”.  As a teenager, my friends and I used it to look up the “effects” and “duration” of pot or magic mushrooms or “ecstasy”.  As I’ve … Read More

jenniferlreimererowid.org – The Venlafaxine (Effexor) Vault

“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

jenniferlreimer“Wellness Park”

Good ol’ Effexor rears its ugly head again…

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!

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…

YWF Seeking: *RADICAL* Method of Getting off of Effexor

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?

I just posted this on another well-known blog, so I figured I’d posted it here too.  I’m very disillusioned that I constantly read the stories of others’ horrible withdrawals from Effexor, ending in success, but I am on multiple times the dosage of any of these individuals.  I am looking for a radical solution to quickly get off this POISON … Read More

jenniferlreimerYWF Seeking: *RADICAL* Method of Getting off of Effexor