12/14/2003

Sudden Withdrawal on Effexor

http://www.drugawareness.org/Archives/Survivors/record0026.html

Antidepressants

I have attempted suicide 3 times now, maybe the fourth will be the charm because this life is not life, it is a tortuous hell, that leaves little to live for.

 

I am a disabled veteran diagnosed with PTSD, MDD and drug abuse. I was prescribed Effexor, for 4 1/2 years at which time, without notification or informed consent, while living in a foreign country, I suddenly quit receiving my medication through the US embassy,

As noted in numerous documents severity of withdrawals is directly related to length and dose. 375 mg for 2 years, I have lost everything, I live in misery, alone, in a 3 room apt with a black dog, totally withdrawn, I do not go anywhere that I am not escorted, an I only go to the DR Pharmacy and Food Store,

I am involved in a complaint with the Veterans Administration over malpractice they have refused to provide treatment, any kind of assistance and retribution for my complaints is the name of the game, I fear to return to the US for what they might do, I fear for my own emotional state, I have attempted suicide 3 times now, maybe the fourth will be the charm because this life is not life, it is a tortuous hell, that leaves little to live for.

The stress of the retribution is more than I can handle, my doctor here has written a letter telling the VA that their actions are placing my life in grave danger, They are involved in cover their butt, and I am in conflict, I am veteran with a duty and loyalty that I cannot deny,

I do not think that I shall last for much longer, yet, I cannot let go, and abandon my fellow veterans in obtaining some form of corrective action that will protect them from the horror of what I have been through.

Jeff McCall
Costa Rica,
Ex Patriot
wjmccal@hotmail.com