i am a 54 year old woman who was put on effexor xr almost 2 years ago for depression after i had fell and broke my hip. i have been sober and clean for 24 years sept. 23. so imagine my surprise when i tried to quit this medicine and went into severe withdrawal. i am on day 22. i am not sure if i am going to make it. i have studied alcohol and drug abuse. this is the most insane thing i have ever experienced.i truly can't believe this drug is on the market. i don't think there is a symptom i don't have. dr's only want you back on another antdepressant. i'm not sure at this point i will ever take another antidepressant. any suggestions????