Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.
Pristiq, in part because of its short half-life has been notd for a hight rate of discontinuation symptoms - more that other SSRI and SNRI antidepressants.
Side effects can be intolerably bad, to the point that some users cannot stop because of extremely long-term withdrawal symptoms.http://www.crazymeds.us/effexor.html
Discontinuation symptoms can be dizziness
, nausea, headache, irritability, insomnia
, fatigue, diarrhea, abnormal dreams, and paresthesia (described as "brain zaps).
Work with your psychiatrist on this to find a very very slow withdrawal schedule to minimze these difficult symptoms.
Some relief can be found for some people by taking Fish OIl or other sources of Omega 3-6-9.
I wish you the blessing of relief from your pain and an intelligent approach to going through this process of weaning.
Elliottk, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC