Well, withdrawal from Effexor usually lasts anywhere from a few days up to 5 weeks (but generally not longer than that).
What I find interesting about this scenario is that Lexapro is an SSRI and Effexor is an SNRI - two different classes of antidepressants that do different things. If Lexapro worked for you (a classic SSRI that affects Serotonin only), it is likely that another SSRI will work (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, or Celexa, which Lexapro is derived from).
An SNRI (which affects Serotonin and Norepinephrine) is a different thing altogether and I'm not surprised you experienced some side effects. I agree with the pharmacist - be careful with the supplements. They aren't regulated and can cause interactions. As for the antidepressants, you might want to discuss switching to a different SSRI with your prescribing physician. In all other areas it sound like you are healthy and taking good care of yourself!
Can I be experincing effexor xr withdraw even though I am taking Lexapro?
Could this last more than 5 weeks? It will be 5 weeks on Friday and I am still experiencing some.
Definitely. Lexapro doesn't counteract the withdrawal effects from Effexor, unfortunately since they work on different chemicals to a certain extent. I don't know that it would last more than 5 weeks, but depending on individual drug sensitivity and age, it could possibly be longer. If the side effects hang on, you might want to discuss it with your prescribing physician. Also, if the side effects are affecting your ability to keep food down (extreme nausea, etc) or function safely (vertigo/blurry vision), I would discuss it with your doctor sooner rather than later.
I hope this was of some help to you - let me know if you have any more questions.