I have a very long story. Currently i am taking effexor xr anti depressant. I am a 21-year-old male who was a typical smoker. I have recently stopped while taking effexor due to some bad experiences i had while combining the two.
It started out one night over my friend’s house where we usually hang out and smoke and have a good time. This night i had increased my dosage of Effexor as prescribed from 75mg to 150mg. I smoked marijuana that night just like many other nights prior to this one. After smoking more and more i began to feel very different. My mind eventually started to scramble and nothing would make sense to me. I was unable to interpret anything people were saying around me and it made me very confused and scared like i was trapped in a dream. First thing i remember is having an out of body experience. I felt like my mind had left my body and i was sitting on the couch trying to fight myself to come back into my body. My friends say i was spinning in circles at this stage. I was head-butting my friends cousin who was sitting on the couch next to me. My friend yells, " quit head butting my cousin before i punch you!" I was not aware of this as i was out of consciousness. I head butted her yet again and she got up off of the couch very scared. My friend decided thought i was just being a dickhead to his cousin so he slammed me into the couch. He told me i had no resistance to him shoving me into the couch and knew something was not right. At this point i was coming in and out of consciousness not knowing exactly what was going on around me.
I then thought I was dying. I felt my heart pounding through my chest and I was very hot. After fighting hard to try and get back into my body by spinning my body the opposite direction I then was back in reality for a brief moment. Id say what just happened? As soon as my friend would start telling me about it, id suddenly go back into relapse and go back out of consciousness once again. This time my back started to arch very hard and I could feel my back muscles tense up and become really tight. Shortly after that I then felt as if it was hard to breathe. I came back into consciousness and told my friend I needed water and ice. Lots of ice I told him. Then he tells me we don’t have any ice, so he gets me an ice pack from the freezer. I take the icepack and start to bite it. I bit the icepack so hard that my friend told me he heard the ice inside the icepack break. This whole time I was very unaware of what I was doing, but only snapping into reality every few minutes. After drinking the water he gave me, I then felt like I was drowning in a pool of water. My mind thought that maybe I was dying and drowning at this very moment. So I felt as if I was drowning. I had just gargled the whole bottle of water down the front of me and I was soaked. I didn’t know at the time because I was not all there. I then felt as if I had to use the restroom. As I got in there I tried to urinate but I couldn’t get my mind focused enough to do so. It was so hard to fight against my mind to try and concentrate on one particular thing. As my friends are helping me walk back into the room to sit on the couch I pass out of consciousness again. I fell to the floor. I began to have a seizure. My friend grabbed my tongue, and tries to wake me up. I woke up and did not know where I was. My two friends helped me stand up and asked what I took that day. I said nothing. They said you had to take something are you on triple c’s (choricedine cold and cough medicine) I said yes, that. They didn’t take me to the hospital because they thought id be fine when they wore off. But I have never taken those before. I fell out of consciousness once again and I remember visualizing events that happened weeks ago start to flash very fast in my mind. I remember clenching up very tight and my heart pounding even harder now…harder…. harder with every beat. I thought to myself this is it im dying. My friend said I struggled to get it out and said “im dying dude”…”im dying”. He said your not dying just relax… I felt extreme pressure on my chest like my heart was about to explode. I had my eyes closed and say a bright light and remember thinking to myself I don’t want to die if this is it im not ready. The light became brighter and brighter. So bright it hurt my eyes to keep them shut. As I opened my eyes everything was fine and calm. I woke up and was conscious again. My heart was beating normally and there was no bright light in the room. I sighed in relief. I asked my friends in the room what happened? They said I wigged out and started doing crazy ****. I asked what did I do? And they started telling me everything. Two hours had gone by, and it felt to me like 10 minutes, if that. I was very confused, and still feeling a little high from smoking. It hadn’t wore off completely yet. As the night went on I did feel as what I know as delirious episodes from time to time… but when the high wore off, they stopped occurring.
The next morning I felt relieved and very happy. I was happy the whole day knowing I was alive and it was all just a bad experience. I didn’t know what happened to me that night.
I thought that just maybe it was just because I had upped my dosage so much.
A few nights later I was smoking again. But not as much as normal. Nothing like that had happened.
A few nights more I smoked again, and another similar episode occurred. I find out that if I get high while on effexor xr (any amount dosage) I have these episodes and my brain pretty much scrambles. I experience extreme confusion and delirious states of mind. I told my doctor about it and he advised me to stop smoking. I am clean now and haven’t touched it in 2 weeks to this day and feeling better.
I am not very religious but I think now that someone is looking over me and giving me another chance.
Anyone else experienced these symptoms or interactions with combining the two drugs? Please let me know if you have because I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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