By Jack Smith
So this is what the hiccup tastes like. The doctors warned me it would come.
Hiccups, setbacks and even relapse can all be part of mental health recovery, especially when you start some drugs and stop others.
I just didn’t know the hiccup would taste so bitter, hit so hard and cause so much angst.
Google “Effexor withdrawal” and you’ll see horror stories from patients on message boards and blogs.
On the more official websites, you’ll see the Who’s Who of side effects: Upset stomach. (More like stomach bug from hell). Dizziness. Brain shakes (this is real and hard to explain, except that it feels like your brain is rattling around in your noggin).
Migraines (four in five days). Nervousness. Fatigue. Loss of coordination (my wife revoked my driving privileges on a weekend getaway). Vomiting (does puking in your mouth count?). Tremor (good thing I’m not a brain surgeon or we’d be screwed). And an itch that feels like ants crawling under your skin. Continue reading