RIGHT NOW I JUST CANT AFFORD IT... I ONLY HAVE LIKE 4 PILLS LEFT AND NOT ENOUGH MONEY... IF I JUST STOP TAKING IT AFTER I RUN OUT, WILL I BE OK?? WHAT SIDEEFFECTS WILL HAPPEN IF ANY?
It depends on the dosage you're taking. Usually, you need to taper down rather than abruptly discontinuing Effexor. Call your doctor's office and see if they have some samples they can give you while you find a way to get your prescription filled. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to get it through the manufacturer's patient assistance program. Check out www.pparx.org for info on those programs.
You should never stop taking a psychotropic 'cold turkey'. A doctor or pharmacist would be able to tell you what could happen if you stop.
You should find out where your Community Mental Health Center is and ask them about where you could find help for your medictions. Are you on Medicaid?
Can you buy a week at a time?
You also can call the United Way and ask them for agencies that may help you with this problem.
Director -Heartfelt Counseling Ministries
Co- author of Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You
Feel Like You're Losing It.
DO NOT STOP TAKING EFFEXOR.
Brain shocks, withdrawal, headaches, nausea, diahorrea, light and sound sensitivity, and generally feeling like I have the worst flu of my life... has been my experience. I had to do a prozac-effexor weaning to finally get off of it because I could NOT "just quit".
- 4 year effexor xr taker
I found out I was pregnant February 2009 and my ob/gyn said it was not safe for the baby to continue taking Effexor. I was first told to stop cold turkey by the NURSE because my dr was out of town... BAD IDEA! I called in a panic the next day and the next nurse said don't stop cold turkey because you have to wean yourself off. I cut down slowly on the mg. I do realize I was having morning sickness at the same time, but the withdrawl symptoms were the worst thing I have ever experienced in my life. I am 24 years old (was 23 at the time) and now seeing my baby happy and healthy I am so thankful I got off that god awful drug for her sake, but let me just say it was very hard. I was in the hospital 3 times due to the withdrawl symptoms making me so very sick. I threw up, knife stabbing pain in my entire head, fatigue you wouldn't believe and wanted to give up. Once the medicine was out of my system I felt like a new woman! I would not recommend this drug if you plan on getting pregnant anytime soon because believe me when I say it's so hard to stop. Research your options before you choose this drug!
I forgot to take a pill one day, but didn't realize it. I felt nauseous all day, and figured I was coming down with something. In the afternoon, as I was dismissing my students (I am a first grade teacher), I felt like I was going to pass out. I walked into the mail room to sit down, and the second another teacher walked in, I burst into tears. I felt so stupid, and kept saying, "I don't know what is wrong with me! I guess I'm just having a bad day!" I went home and sat on the couch and bawled for two hours. I kept trying to come up with reasons for the breakdown... until I backtracked and realized what had happened. So I would definitely NOT recommend going off cold turkey! :)
Took me over a month to wean off of it. I was on 300mg. I was able to half that easily and get down to 75mg by a week and a half. After that was pretty bad. I found that if I opened the pill and poured out a little of the granules and increase that amount a little each day the effects were easier to come down off of. I eventually ran out of pills and mixed the granules with a little applesauce for a little bit. It works but one year later I still have sound sensitivity and at night brain shocks if I wake up.