A few months ago my pharmacy started giving me the brand Effexor in place of my generic because there was a problem with the generic supply from India. When I did my meds this weekend, I noticed that they had switched back to the generic. I didn't think anything of it.
Sunday I was tired, light-headed and anxious. Yesterday I was depressed, light-headed and tired and had a really bad headache- the kind I hardly ever get anymore and haven't had in months. Today I felt feverish, light-headed, super-depressed- I thought I was just getting sick. Until the tingling started. That is Effexor withdrawal. Tingling and zaps, light-headedness and mood swings.
And then I remembered putting the different colored capsules into my pill boxes this weekend. And then I got mad. OK, I am a coffee addict. If I miss a day of it I get a massive headache. But I don't want to be an Effexor addict. I don't want to go into withdrawal- and be miserable and not function well- just because I change brands to one that may be less potent. Of course, my brain will probably adapt pretty soon. But it just really has me questioning the Effexor.
The Effexor is pretty numbing. Parnate- which I was on before- was not. I wonder if there is an antidepressant that is less numbing than Effexor which would also work for me. And I don't think that lowering the dose will help- the numbing effect came at the lowest doses- where it is primarily an SSRI- I think if anything that going up on the dose helped.
I think Prozac was better, and I don't know why- it is also an SSRI. The problem was it always stopped working- but that was before I knew about light therapy. Prozac also has a lot of drug interactions. If it wasn't so sedating, I'd want to give Remeron another try- but it is too sedating, so no.