- May 28, 2019
I have been on medication for my GAD for 2 years now. The medication I am on is Effexor xr. Before 2019 is over I would like to stop taking it. I been noticing small symptoms throughout my time on this medication, but it is starting to annoy me. I gained 30 pounds, I have headaches more frequently and I notice I get irritated easily. Never discussed this with my doctor because I feel like there is no way to avoid these symptoms when taking medication like this. However, I feel like the medication helped me a little bit, but only with my panic attacks. I really want to not rely on medication anymore, I want to stop taking it. The problem is even if I miss a day, I get bad withdrawal symptoms such as lightheaded, dizzy, and headaches. How could I get off this medication with as little symptoms as possible, plus I am scared my anxiety with come back worse than before?