Several of you are struggling to force a tapering of your Velafaxine (Effexor) or some other Antidepressant or Anti-Anxiety medication. During this time of uncertainty, it would be unwise to do so.
If possible, I’d recommend what several have been saying….keep on the lowest dose you are taking, or were taking before you started having withdrawal symptoms as are being described. You need to have the edge softened from this overwhelming situation of extreme stress over free-falling. Let your meds do their job for now and be your safety net.
Doctors are overwhelmed and are focused on the care of Covid-19 patients, and rightfully so. YOU ARE NOT BEING OVERLOOKED OR FORGOTTEN on this forum. Believe me, we all see what is being written and will come in as is needed. However, there is a pause in discussion as we are are dealing with shell shock and need to isolate ourselves from the madness from time to time. I began my tapering last year in mid-March 2019, and by mid-August, I was successfully weaned with minimal side effects.
This is not the time for me to post my personal tapering schedule, as you should not attempt tapering until our daily lives resume some kind of new normal, whatever that may be. I do promise to do so in a future post. In the meanwhile, I have found these supplements that DO Help Me, and I’ve added them on the advice of many on this forum who have dealt with the crazy anxiety and settling down as our bodies react to our brain’s meticulous resetting.
1. Omega3 Fish Oil 1,000mg-2,400mg
2. Co Q-10 100 mg
3. Vitamin C 1,000mg
4. D-3 50mcg
5. B vitamins
6. For sleeping aide: Nuvana Shut Eye-(Valerian Root with melatonin,chamomile,magnesium)
7. MY GO TO FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY: BACH RESCUE REMEDY- natural stress relief herbal tincture (I Order on Amazon) 4 drops on or under the tongue as needed… I have used it up to 5-6 times a day. Always take it on rising and before bed at night. If I awake anxious, I take 4 drops under my tongue ( faster absorption).
8. WALKING or EXERCISE is a must!! Do it when you don’t feel like it to get those feel good endorphins to kick in!
AGAIN, this is not the time to do your tapering. Quiet your mind with proper nutrition, and do your research on what supplements can be taken for managing anxiety and overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and sleep deprivation.
I PROMISE TO ADD MY PERSONAL SUCCESSFUL TAPERING regimen I came up with after Much extensive research and making adjustments about midway. It did take me about 6 months to wean successfully without overwhelming side effects.
KEEP THE FAITH AND BE SAFE….keep your HOLDING PATTERN and take that safety net! Much Love and Peace to All!