Hi everyone, I am new here to the boards and I have a question about Effexor XR withdrawls. I have been on Effexor for about a year. In the last month it has stopped helping the depression, caused me to gain 8 lbs., I became angry and almost separated from my husband. As a nurse I realized I shouldn't just stop it, so I decreased to every other day for a week. I took the last one on Friday and am having very strange symptoms. The worst is a weird sensation in my chest and tingling in my hands. I went to the doc today, he said the "weird feelings" were anxiety because I stopped the med. I really don't feel anxious, and I felt these same feelings before whenever I missed a dose. He started me on Wellbutrin 100mg and Prozac 10mg. Has anyone out there ever had strange symptoms coming off Effexor? If so, how long does this last? Thanks so much for any help and I look forward to being a member.