Effexor discontinuation symptoms: Missed 2 days (150 mg)

Posted by behrouz @behrouz, Aug 19, 2020

My son, who is 17, has missed 2 days of his Effexor (150 mg) and is now experiencing anxiety. He has already started taking the medication again, which apparently takes a while to build up again. In the meantime, what can be done to relieve some of his symptoms? He does not like taking OTC sleeping aids as he says it makes him more agitated. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Thank you!

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My doctor put me on hold also due to Covid. I switched from Xanax to Valium for my taper. He asked if I wanted to hold due to my heightened anxiety due to Covid and the lifestyle changes it has brought. I said yes as I want this to be a successful taper. You may find that switching to Valium may help. Research the Ashton Method. This is what we are using. I have gone from 3 mgs. Xanax per day for 25 years to 10 mgs. of Valium per day. That is equivalent to approximately one half mg. of Xanax. The method has thus far been working well.

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@yellowmoon

Hi
Not sure why a doctor would put you on hold for tapering. Hopefully is working out. I am new to this process
and I am off tapering off Xanax and Lortab. Seems Xanax is the most difficult. I have gone from 8 Lortab per day to 1 and 3 MG or 3 Xanax per day to 1 or 1 mg. The withdrawal is so difficult at this point. I would like to know a few things since I am new to all that is involved. How do you find a good doctor to help you through this all ? Is anyone using cannabis for withdrawal? I am finding it helps especially at night to aid in sleeping.
I am only at 7 weeks of tapering and I am at the very painful point. I understand this will be a long process to going off Benzo’s. I am open to all suggestions and encouragement

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@yellowmoon Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

You have already connected with members such as @sears and members like @kevk74 @doorman @jimk849 @cim37343 @elwooodsdad @dryrun50 @cb772 @mariajean03 have discussed this topic in the recent past.

You have are taping off of Xanax and Lortab very quickly and that sounds extremely difficult. Do you think you are suffering unnecessarily? Have you due to tapering too quickly? Have you discussed the side effects with your provider?

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@erikas

@yellowmoon Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

You have already connected with members such as @sears and members like @kevk74 @doorman @jimk849 @cim37343 @elwooodsdad @dryrun50 @cb772 @mariajean03 have discussed this topic in the recent past.

You have are taping off of Xanax and Lortab very quickly and that sounds extremely difficult. Do you think you are suffering unnecessarily? Have you due to tapering too quickly? Have you discussed the side effects with your provider?

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Hi Erika and others
Yes I am suffering a great deal. It’s getting too much. Today was the worst since the beginning. Perhaps I am tapering off two meds too quickly as I am starting to realize. I don’t have a provider helping me at this moment. I am trying to line up some solid help
If I can find it. I know I am trying to do too much, too fast. It’s very painful and I am fearful. The pain clinic wants patients off one or the other and they don’t seem to have a program to get and taper off meds. The Xanax is provided to me by another doctor that is a Mental health provider. I have an appointment with him in twelve days.
Come up with a plan I can handle hopefully. I may have to add in a bit more meds for now until I see him
He is not aware I started already on my own.
Do you think that would be appropriate at this time to adjust a bit more meds as I don’t think I have a choice
I had no idea what I was up against.
Thanks for your advice and encouragement I am open to all suggestions…..from anyone that wishes to comment

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@yellowmoon

Hi Erika and others
Yes I am suffering a great deal. It’s getting too much. Today was the worst since the beginning. Perhaps I am tapering off two meds too quickly as I am starting to realize. I don’t have a provider helping me at this moment. I am trying to line up some solid help
If I can find it. I know I am trying to do too much, too fast. It’s very painful and I am fearful. The pain clinic wants patients off one or the other and they don’t seem to have a program to get and taper off meds. The Xanax is provided to me by another doctor that is a Mental health provider. I have an appointment with him in twelve days.
Come up with a plan I can handle hopefully. I may have to add in a bit more meds for now until I see him
He is not aware I started already on my own.
Do you think that would be appropriate at this time to adjust a bit more meds as I don’t think I have a choice
I had no idea what I was up against.
Thanks for your advice and encouragement I am open to all suggestions…..from anyone that wishes to comment

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Yellowmoon. Yes adjust your meds until you see your doctor. There is no reason for you to suffer. That’s ridiculous. We don’t let dogs suffer. It is absolutely imperative that you do a very very slow taper. If your doctor is not willing to listen to you and your body google the Ashton Method. You can do it yourself without a doctor as long as you can get your prescriptions. Most doctors taper their patients much too quickly so they can get us out of their hair. It’s a sad state of affairs. They put us on these meds with no idea how to take us off. It’s a crime in my opinion. So far there is nothing legally we can do to these doctors. Hopefully we’ll see a change on this in the future.

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@yellowmoon

Hi Erika and others
Yes I am suffering a great deal. It’s getting too much. Today was the worst since the beginning. Perhaps I am tapering off two meds too quickly as I am starting to realize. I don’t have a provider helping me at this moment. I am trying to line up some solid help
If I can find it. I know I am trying to do too much, too fast. It’s very painful and I am fearful. The pain clinic wants patients off one or the other and they don’t seem to have a program to get and taper off meds. The Xanax is provided to me by another doctor that is a Mental health provider. I have an appointment with him in twelve days.
Come up with a plan I can handle hopefully. I may have to add in a bit more meds for now until I see him
He is not aware I started already on my own.
Do you think that would be appropriate at this time to adjust a bit more meds as I don’t think I have a choice
I had no idea what I was up against.
Thanks for your advice and encouragement I am open to all suggestions…..from anyone that wishes to comment

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@yellowmoon I'm sorry you are suffering.

No, you should not adjust your medications on your own. Some medications can cause seizures and long-term effects if not tapered correctly. It becomes even more complicated when there is more than 1 medication in the mix. If I had a quarter for every person I've seen that unsuccessfully tapered off their medications, I'd have a small fortune. I have education and a lot of experience in mental health and I have seen serious lifelong issues arise, unnecessary inpatient hospitalizations, and people sabotaging their work and personal life in an attempt to taper themselves. I know some have done it successfully, I'm aware of that too but I don't think you have enough information to make that call.

Do you have someone that can help you advocate? It's important that you exhaust all avenues before giving up. I know it's hard and I know it's easy for me to say this because I'm not going through it. I just don't want to see you hurt yourself, like I've seen so many others.

Regarding advocating, have you called and talked to the provider's nurse you will be seeing in 12 days to ask them what to do? Have you asked if you can be seen on an emergency basis or put on a waiting list? Have you called the hospital and asked if you could be seen by another provider on an urgent basis? Would urgent care or the ER be applicable here? I know if you visit these departments sometimes they can help get you into see a provider more quickly. I'm sorry for the battery of questions. Will you give us an update?

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I have been off effexor now since March 5th. I had a Dr. tell me it should be completely out of my system by now.. Does anyone know if that is correct. I am not depressed but still feeling nauseous.

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@marylcamp67

I have been off effexor now since March 5th. I had a Dr. tell me it should be completely out of my system by now.. Does anyone know if that is correct. I am not depressed but still feeling nauseous.

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Hi @marylcamp67, sorry to hear that you are still experiencing nausea. You will notice that I moved your inquiry to a discussion that has been ongoing about discontinuing effexor. I did this so that you can connect with other members who may be experiencing the same thing or have been through the tapering process.

Were you having the nausea while on effexor as well or just when you got off of it?

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@marylcamp67

I have been off effexor now since March 5th. I had a Dr. tell me it should be completely out of my system by now.. Does anyone know if that is correct. I am not depressed but still feeling nauseous.

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It may be out of your system but still have side effects. It’s the hardest one to get off of. Ask your doctor for something for the nausea I suggest. I’m just off Prozac and going through it. It’s so hard.

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I suggest calling his doctor. That’s the problem with this medication is the half life is so short and you can’t miss a dose. I’m so sorry he is suffering it’s so miserable

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@sunshinestacy

I suggest calling his doctor. That’s the problem with this medication is the half life is so short and you can’t miss a dose. I’m so sorry he is suffering it’s so miserable

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What does half life mean? I DO NOT WANT TO GO ON IT AGAIN!

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@amandaburnett

Hi @marylcamp67, sorry to hear that you are still experiencing nausea. You will notice that I moved your inquiry to a discussion that has been ongoing about discontinuing effexor. I did this so that you can connect with other members who may be experiencing the same thing or have been through the tapering process.

Were you having the nausea while on effexor as well or just when you got off of it?

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Yes I had nausea while on effexor and even bouts of depression. When our world became wonky with all its politic nightmare and covid I found effexor not being helpful. I stopped watch the news after Donald Trump lost the election thinking that the news was causing me depression and anxiety.

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I take xanax for sleeping and it helps a lot. What's so funny about me is that I am so sick with nausea during the day and at night I get some relief. I don't understand. Perhaps its the xanax relaxing me and eliminating the Effexor withdrawals. I look forwarding to each evening (counting the hours) when it is time to go to bed and dread getting up in the morning. Anyone going through what I am I bless you a speedy recovery.

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