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Its not fair Thats how I feel That a person in America could go to the doctor get a prescription take Effexor and all of a sudden be unable to quit That the doctor didnt tell that person how difficult it would be to quit before they started medication That the manufacturer didnt fully disclose the degree of physical pain an average user will experience when discontinuing Effexor That neither the doctor or the manufacturer acknowledge how serious the withdrawal symptoms are and therefore offer no advice on treating the symptoms Sean9 httpwwwsocialauditorguk A medical health problem is reaching epidemic proportions in the First World depression and other associated mental health problems such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder Venlafaxine Effexor a bicyclic antidepressant is used in the treatment of mood disorders including depression and anxiety disorders Sean9s experiences are not unique Effexor is the most commonly prescribed drug by doctors in the treatment of depression over 85 million people are prescribed Effexor every year When a patient ceases taking the drug they will most likely suffer from what are commonly known as discontinuation symptoms Physical symptoms include nausea vomiting intense fatigue dizziness chills sensory disturbances and persistent insomnia Psychological symptoms include anxiety agitation crying spells and irritability More rare symptoms include paranoid delusions and hallucination These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to many weeks Symptoms often subside upon reintroduction of the drug which can prompt a roller coaster-like attempt to quit the drug as patients find other ways to treat their symptoms Many patients after coming off Effexor confuse their symptoms with the common cold or the flu go to their GP and are prescribed a course of antibiotics Some are prescribed strong pain-killers increasing their incapacitation Sharon F McDill a medical student from Glasgow University reported withdrawal symptoms of vertigo and headaches on lthttpbmjbmjjournalscomgt My doctors refused to acknowledge that venlafaxine or lack of it was causing this
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