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Oh I forgot to say, I’m 24 now.
Hey so I’ve been on Effexor xr since I was 6 years old. Yes, you read that right, my parents put me on as a child because I had many phobias and had lots of anxiety. Surprisingly I didn’t really have many side effects growing up, or maybe I did and just didn’t realize that they were side effects cause that’s all I’ve ever known so to speak. My life was great and I graduated from nursing school and was working as an RN in a hospital. Anyways, Spring 2017 I worked with my psychiatrist to try to come off for various reasons over the coarse of 3 months, which I know now was WAY too short. I got down to my last pill and was still doing ok, but once the 37.5 was gone, I crashed hard. Pretty much every withdrawal symptom you an imagine, I had. I quickly tried reinstating to fix the damage, but it was too late. I never responded the same way to my beloved Effexor again. It’s almost been a year now and I’ve tried EVERYTHING to get back. Increase dose of effexor, decrease dose of effexor, add lamictal cause apparently I’m bipolar now, switch to zoloft, add mirtazapine, add Rexulti, try tms therapy, accupuncture, supplements, take seroquel and or klonopin as needed when you need to sleep. Things are not as bad as they were (I had days in the beginning when I actually cried all day about nothing and couldn’t stop and would not sleep for 4 nights in a row) but I am still really struggling day to day and am not back to work. I’m currently on 75mg of Effexor XR, my highest dose when I was stable was 150mg and I’ve been all the way up to 225. Wondering where I should go from here. Am i too far gone to even consider the possibility of stability off of medication or should I continue to try more antidepressants? Currently, I am not sleeping consistently, get very overstimulated, have high free floating anxiety that keeps me from living life to the fullest, increased aggitation especially at night, experience episodes of major depression usually when I first wake up. Please help! I’m only 24 years old and I want to make the best long term decision. I can go through a year or two of pain if that’s what it takes, but I have to know if there is even a chance for me. Anyone else prescribed antidepressants very young or know of someone who was?