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my family physician prescribed effexor for me and I have been

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my family physician prescribed effexor for me and I have been taking for 3 mths. I stopped taking it 2 days ago because I felt I no longer needed it and it made me very tired late afternoon time of day. Are there side effects when you stop taking? Yesterday and today I feel somewhat dizzy or lightheaded from time to time when walking?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  AgapeDoc replied 2 years ago.

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I am so happy you contacting us to ask this question! The short answer to your question is YES!!!! There are definitely side effects to this medication as you experienced when taking it and.....

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MORE IMPORTANTLY, there are side effects when you stop taking this!! It is IMPERATIVE that you consult with your primary physician when considering stopping this medication!

Customer:

ok....I already stopped it 2 days ago....it was helpful, just made me really tired late in afternoon time. I also felt I no longer needed it since my original reason for taking was work related stress, and my position changed creating much less stress. What would happen if I went back to taking it tonight after missing 2 days?

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This is one of many medications that you SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT stop taking on your own. AND it is recommended that if a patient is stopping this medication that the patient NOT stop COLD TURKEY. When getting off this medication, it is recommended that the patient starts cutting down little by little and under a physicians supervision.

Customer:

my head sometimes feels "clowded" for moments for past day? is this side effect along with dizziness, or feeling like equilibrium if slightly off sometimes when I stand up or walk?

AgapeDoc :

I think you are right to get off these meds based on what you have stated here - it's just the method that concerns me. First, you should call you doctor and let him/her know what you have done. Then I imagine you will be told to take a smaller dose - but let you doc make that determination :)

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Yes, in all likelihood that is one of the side effects.

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What you have done is not the worst thing that could happen, but you definitely want to take good care of yourself :)

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By the way, I am happy to hear that you have a less stressful situation now :)

Customer:

ok....just wanted to make sure there was not another health issue I was not aware of, but seemed to start the day after stopping meds....so I thought it might be related to that.

AgapeDoc :

I think you are on your way. Is there anything else I can help answer for you?

Customer:

so you agree I should discontinue meds with my doctors input based on changes with work, or do you recommend staying on maybe a lower dose to help anxiety, etc? not sure....what is your opinion?

AgapeDoc :

I would suggest that if since things have changed at work, it's best to be off meds if at all possible. However, I would rely on your primary doctor's input and recommendations :)

Customer:

ok....thanks!

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