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Antidepressant and withdrawal synptoms - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   My friend took the drug Effexor for his severe depression. He was on the drug for about a year but decided to stop cold turkey. How long is it before the withdrawl symptoms occur and what are they? What day of stopping cold turkey will have the worst effects? Thank you
Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi.. Please answer my question, thank you.
Doctor :   actually did he start it for stopping smoking or for depresssion
Doctor :  
the withdrawal symptoms depends on freqeuncy and the dose he used
Doctor :  
higher the dose the symptoms appear in a day or two
Doctor :  
if it as been tapered to lower dose and frequency it will have lesser effect
Doctor :  
it is better to taper the anti depressants to prevent
Doctor :  
withdrawal symptoms or rebound

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