Yesterday was my first day skipping taking Effexor. I was very worried but pleasantly surprised when I experienced no major side effects right away. In fact, I didn’t notice anything until about 6:30 pm when I felt my face tingling. I had lost sensation in my tongue, lips and cheeks (a familiar side effect). Around 8 pm I started experiencing the brain zaps. As soon as I felt the on set of the zaps I took 2 omega 3 fish oil pills (1000 mg each) and the zaps honestly, quickly subsided.
I am so happy that I read about the fish oil. I truly believe it’s made all of the difference so far.
Last night was absolutely horrible. I woke up almost every hour on the hour from vivid nightmares and of course when I woke up I was gasping for air. I responded each time by doing a little diaphragmatic breathing and was able to go back to sleep.
Today I took my effexor. Remember in this phase my doctor has instructed me to take 37.5 mg every other day. I’ll update you all later. I’m staying positive! You should too.