Sunday, July 9, 2017

Held hostage to Effexor

I forgot to take my Effexor XR for 2 days. That is a bad, bad thing to do. I couldn't figure out why I was so angry, weepy and edgy and I feeling out of sorts. When the brain zaps started I knew right away what was happening. I have been so forgetful lately and I haven't been using my pillbox, huge mistake right there! I am so upset with myself right now. I feel weird and shaky now. I did take a pill at 7:30 but not much improvement almost an hour later.

I am angry with my doctor who prescribed this to me. I was weaned off of Cymbalta and had a nightmare of a time with discontinuation syndrome. She put me on this because it was "better than Cymbalta with fewer side effects." Baloney! It has a lot of unwanted side effects such as :dry mouth, constipation, insomnia and weight gain. The reason I was put on this godawful drug was to help me feel better with the Fibromyalgia pain. Guess what? I don't feel better. I want to get off of this drug so bad. I'm terrified of the withdrawal and how scary it gets. I should  have done my research before taking the first pill. I should not have put all my trust into my doctor, especially a military one.

I was just talking to my husband and told him I want to stop taking this but he said I should wait until we move into our new house. That's over a year away. I hate that I have to take this one more day let alone one more year. As soon as I get off of this, I will never take another pill for Fibromyalgia. I will do what I can naturally through acupuncture, massage, diet and exercise. I have lost faith in most medications that have been given to me. The CBD oil in paste form worked the best for me and whether or not I like the taste of it will not matter. I will do whatever I need to do.

What is discontinuation syndrome?

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