Like other modern antidepressants that work through complex manipulations of brain chemicals, discontinuing Effexor® can cause a whole host of withdrawal symptoms.
Effexor® Withdrawal Symptoms
Common Effexor® withdrawal symptoms include:
- Hypomania (manic state)
- Dysphoric mood (prolonged, severe depression)
- Sensory disturbances (including shock-like electrical sensations)
- Long-term vision problems
- Agitation or anxiety
- Fasciculation (muscle contractions)
- Impaired coordination
- Joint pain
- Dry mouth
Some patients have reported intense dizziness, called "brain shivers" upon stopping use of the drug. The brain shivers are described as intense sensations that run through the entire body, from the head through to the fingertips and toes.
Some patients say they experience severe pain throughout the nervous systems. Others have reported a feeling of turning their head and "waiting for the brain to catch up."
These withdrawal symptoms can occur if a patient misses a single dose.
While some patients may suffer Effexor® side effects while actively taking the drug and want to stop, the long list of Effexor® withdrawal symptoms often drives them to stay or go back to the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication.
How Long Does Effexor® Withdrawal Last?
Every patient is different and will have a unique experience when stopping use of Effexor®. It is always important to consult your doctor before stopping use on your own. You should prepare yourself by asking your doctor to explain the possible withdrawal symptoms you might experience.
For more information about the painful withdrawal symptoms, consult your doctor. If you wish to file an Effexor® lawsuit, then contact one of our experienced Effexor® attorneys today for a free case evaluation.