Best way to get off Effexor - looking for recommendations
I am interested in getting off Effexor and am wondering what recommendations people may have. I have been on it for about 5 years and it was prescribed to help with effects from menopause. I will be seeing my doctor in mid August and can wait to ask her, but my problem with the Effexor is that I believe it may be the culprit of causing sever muscle stiffness, which is a rare side effect. In 2018, my legs were temporarily paralyzed and at the time, I was tested for a number of diseases (through MRIs) and the conclusion was a toxic myopathy to Omeprazole that I had taken for three days. This was concluded after other considerations and test results were analyzed. My legs got back to normal after a couple of months, but I still have this stiffness in my thighs that flares up on occasion, and about a month ago I had another episode where I had difficulty walking (not a paralysis). My CPK result for this last episode came back in the normal range, so there was no indication of a problem there. I had another brain and thoracic scan this week, and all results were normal. So, I'm back to thinking it may just possibly be the Effexor. I'm feeling a little anxious to experiment with trying to ween myself off of it before I visit my doctor in August, but that may not be the best idea. I currently take 37.5 mg – the lowest dosage available. Last night I cut open a capsule to see if it was a powder or if there was a way that I might be able to reduce the dosage, and it turned out to be little beads. I could try halving the number of beads to see if that might be a good way to taper off, but I would appreciate some advice here. Also, I had a hysterectomy two years ago (full, but have ovaries), so I don't think I need the Effexor for those symptoms any longer. I am 56 years old. It would be nice to have a feeling of normal strength back in my legs. Thanks for any help or advice.