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Last Updated on May 30, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Nov 4, 2019
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

At Alternative to Meds Center we have discovered Effexor addiction help methods which make this process easier and greatly reduce withdrawal symptoms.

When a person develops an Effexor addiction, they can face some of the most challenging withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit. Our residential drug treatment center is aware of other, better answers than living your life medicated on antidepressants that you can’t stop taking, even though you very much want to.

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What is Effexor Addiction?

The realization that you may have developed a need for Effexor addiction treatment can come out of nowhere as it is often not expected or noticed until you forget a dose and realize how dependent you are upon this drug. At that moment you may realize how much you need it to carry out life’s ordinary daily functions. This antidepressant addiction may develop over a long period of time, after which the body and the mind develop Effexor dependence even if the person does not choose to become dependent upon the drug.

Is Effexor an SNRI?

Effexor is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI, prescribed to control symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. These medications may lessen the severity of depression and help a person to deal with their depression. What’s wrong with this is that the drug is doing the “work,” not the person.

The medication is what is controlling the mood swings, and manic or depressed episodes, not the person. This is where the start may truly exist with Effexor dependence, people start to rely on this drug to control their depression, balance out their moods, improve their general happiness and quality of life. Without the drug, the person would return to their previous state of mental health; most people want to be happy and some people rely on an antidepressant to achieve their happiness. It can be scary to think about having to return to the previous state of depression or mania, and for many people, it may seem easier to continue with Effexor abuse to alleviate problems rather than dealing with them in other ways, other therapeutic choices.

Is It Possible to Find Peace and Happiness Without Medication?

effexor side effectsNo one has to depend on any prescription drug to maintain peace and happiness with one’s self; this can be done naturally. Many people may be afraid to end Effexor abuse because of the potentially painful Effexor withdrawal side effects and the possibility of a resurgence of previous mental health conditions and symptoms. Patients have described antidepressant addiction as being just as bad as an addiction to heroin. Some patients who try to taper off of this medication just encounter the uncomfortable experience of antidepressant withdrawal. More often than not, when a person who is dependent upon an antidepressant attempts to taper down their dosage without medical Effexor addiction help, they end up having a relapse because of the horrible Effexor addiction withdrawal symptoms.

Effexor Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

effexor withdrawal symptomsSome of the antidepressant addiction withdrawal symptoms that have been reported include brain zaps or shocks, irritability, flu-like symptoms, night terrors, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, insomnia, increased blood pressure, sweating, dry mouth, loss of appetite, and constipation. There are possibilities of more severe Effexor side effects that may have the potential of being dangerous to your health, rare withdrawal side effects include cardiac arrhythmia, increased cholesterol, stomach pain, changes in vision, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, pancreatitis, seizure, external bleeding, and Tardive Dyskinesia discontinuation syndrome. Tardive Dyskinesia is an involuntary movement disorder and a rare side effect that can emerge during or after withdrawal from this medication.

These withdrawal side effects should not make an impact on the decision to end antidepressant addiction. However, suddenly discontinuing this medication without medical supervision may result in serious withdrawal symptoms and put you at a higher risk of relapsing on Effexor. Choosing to end antidepressant dependence under medical care in an Effexor rehab or cessation center will reduce the risk of experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms and the possibility of relapsing. If you have realized that you may be dependent upon this medication, know that there are alternative ways to treat depression that are not addictive and with Effexor addiction treatment you can safely end addiction without suffering painful withdrawal symptoms.

Finding and Addressing Root Causes for Depression

Most individuals are put on antidepressant medications like Effexor before there have been any investigative efforts put into finding what is causing their depression. Is there a neurotransmitter deficiency?: Low thyroid? How about food allergies, slow metabolism, or toxicity? A person may or may not have a deficit in serotonin to begin with, but taking the medication can develop a real serotonin deficiency.

Does Effexor Raise Serotonin?

effexor affects serotoninThe SNRI antidepressants do not produce serotonin; they prevent the reuptake from occurring. Serotonin is designed for reuptake so that the nerve cells in the CNS are able to use it again. This is a conservatory process. But if serotonin is forcibly kept out in nerve space (the synapse), it will degrade into metabolites, and there will be no more active serotonin left. It’s comparable to the way cocaine relieves depression only temporarily. Cocaine wastes all of the dopamine and does not produce it. dopamine is the neurochemical that monitors reward, So when a person initially takes cocaine, there will appear to be a feeling of reward in everything. Eventually, though, all the dopamine will be gone. Now nothing will be rewarding to the person.

We need serotonin for its ability to not only inhibit environmental stimuli, but it also creates our sleep hormones and quiets compulsive thoughts and behaviors. Serotonin has an inhibitory nature. When an individual is in antidepressant withdrawal, they will most likely suffer from sleeplessness, anxiety, overstimulation, and even Tourette’s and OCD-like symptoms. This happens because now there really is a serotonin deficit present.

Can Nutrition Raise Serotonin?

Alternative to Meds Center identifies medical reasons that may have contributed to depression and other unwanted symptoms.1 For example, to combat depression during withdrawal, we use targeted nutrient treatments and oral supplements that actually create serotonin. When this is combined with finding out why the individual was depressed originally, long-lasting relief and success can be achieved. We invite you to find out more about our Effexor addiction treatment program at Alternative to Meds Center and how it may help you or your loved one with getting life back on track without prescription medications.

1. “What Causes Depression,” Harvard Medical School Publishing, published in June 2009, updated June 24, 2019 online [accessed 2019 Oct 20]

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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