SNDRI Antidepressants (JUST SAY NO)

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AztraZeneca Delaware

  This tripped me out… a friend was given this bag at a homeless shelter.  Everyone gets a free bag, a nice tough one, emblazoned with AztraZeneca’s logo, and a reminder that they do, indeed, make pharmaceuticals.  This is wrong in so many ways… I was actually shocked at it for a minute.  And it takes a hell of a lot … Read More

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SSRI Withdrawal Nightmares

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This morning I opened my comments box to find a belated Christmas gift – someone, upon finding my blog, specifically these most recent posts (link 1) about SSRI/SNRI Withdrawal (link 2) and night terrors, was inspired by it to begin his own blog on the same topic!  I am so honoured and humbled by this huge compliment. Please stop by his … Read More

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“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…

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!

“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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(Hilarious) Vintage Effexor XR Ad

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One benefit of the fact that magazines in doctors’ offices are usually at least 5 years old is you get to look at old ads!  When I found this Effexor XR ad from the late-1990s, when it was still being marketed as an anti-anxiety medication, I had to have it.  Alaryyk and I posted it on the back of our … Read More

jenniferlreimer(Hilarious) Vintage Effexor XR Ad

The strange things that come out of my skin

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Everyone had seen the infamous pictures of the “Faces of Meth” – before and after shots of daily users of crystal methamphetamine. Yet there are no pictures of the “Faces of Effexor”, “Faces of Amitryptaline”, etc, etc… ***Grossness Factor Warning*** I never experienced problems with acne as a preteen or adolescent, but ever since I’ve been on psychiatric meds very … 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…

“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

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The reply from our Canadian hostess in Peru, with my comments/confusion italicized and bolded: Right. [scars], this is ridiculous. I am not going to play your game and go on with this foolish drama. I didn’t start any “foolish drama”…perhaps I escalated the situation by analyzing the situation and writing about it on this blog…but I don’t think I said … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

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

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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