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“I cut at 37.5 mg each week and my wk2 is 150mg.”
I believe that your taper is much too fast and your going to run into worse problems down the road. The fact that you are experiencing symptoms now is an indication your taper is too fast. Weekly is not giving your body enough time to adjust. Every month is a more realistic period to wait between cuts. However, if you are determined to taper weekly you should stay on the dose or slightly increase it until any withdrawals stop before continuing. But chances are more likely than not if your taper is slower you won't have any withdrawal symptoms. Taper withdrawals in the beginning are not usually noticeable but increase as your dose becomes lower, especially if you taper by a specific milligram every week. When specific milligrams are used the percentage at the start maybe 25% but as your taper continues that percentage will jump all over place. By using the 5-10% method the percentage remains constant, (which your brain prefers) regardless of where you are in the taper process. However, compounding pharmacies can get expensive especially if not covered by insurance. I use an injectable medication which is expensive because it has to be prepared at a sterile compounding pharmacy and not covered by insurance.
Although decreasing your taper slowly is no guarantee there won’t be any side effects it should reduce the chance and/or severity of them tremendously.
Best of luck to you and for you sake I hope you extend your taper substantially. I hope you will keep us informed as to the progress of your taper.
All the best,

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I'm so scared to taper,I'm on 75mg of effexor xr for three months but I was in37.5for years,here in Canada we don't have the tablets so is difficult to taper into smaller dose I have to buy is compaund effexor that is going to be very expensive because compaund ndrugs does not cover by OHIP.Itook a loan from the bank to pay for Compaund effexor xr I want to start as soon as I feel stronger .Please somebody instruct me how to do it properly because my ok Dr.just gave five days no between tapers Wich I think is to little time he wants me to jump fron75mg to 37.5mg in five days I'm going to get into trouble that is why I got