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Hi Guys,

I need your input as I am really scared. I have been on Effexor for 7 years. 75mgs for the 1st 3 years and 37.5 for the last 4. These last 4 years I have tried numerous times to come off this med but It was pure hell everytime. I have tried Celexa with it to withdraw, Remeron next and neither drug helped, just made it worse. I get the horrible zaps, ear ringing(loud), dizziness and severe anxiety everytime I try to come off Effexor. I went to a new pdoc and he wants me to take 5mg of Lexapro for 1 week with the 37.5mg of Effexor and then stop the Effexor and continue the Lexapro at 5mgs. He also wants me to take this drug called Lamictal which can cause a severe rash in about 5% of all patients. Plus he wants me to take 0.5 mg of Xanax 3 times a day, I already take 0.25mg of xanax twice a day. I AM SO SCARED OF THESE MEDS, especially the Lamictal. I need some help. Please give me some feedback. I DON'T WANT TO FEEL ANYMORE ANXIETY but I know I need to get off the Effexor. Please help.

Thanks you guys for the advice. I think thr Doc has me going off the effexor to fast so I am going to call him and see about doing it more slowly. I have had 2 really severe episodes of withdrawal before from it and am scared it could happen again. Has anyone heard of Lamictal being used for anxiety and depression and do you know about the Rash you can get?

Luvscats- I am going off the effexor because I have taken it for to long. 75mgs made me nervous and 37.5 is not even a theraputic dosage, I have been stuck on that dose for 4 long years because everytime I try to come off I have horrible withdrawals, with the ear ringing that makes feel like I will lose my mind :bouncing:.

Soulcatcher- Did you take the Effexor and the Lexapro together to do the switch?


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