Tips on minimizing withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine)
I have been taking Effexor/Venlafaxine for years and tried to get off it a few times but each time I try to give up the chemical withdrawal symptoms are a horror story and I give up giving up. Anyone got any tips or tried and tested strategies? Thank you
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@brightwings What a great post. I am very happy for how well you have progressed.
I think I am may be in a similar position to you, I am close to who i would like to be, but do we ever totally achieve that? I do know that my medical ordeal helped my to progress. I like myself more now than I used to before that. I don’t worry about what others think too much anymore, “I am what I am”. Plus, I am so much appreciative of everything.
Do I love myself? Hmmm, probably not love but I do like myself. Overall, I am a fairly happy person. The only immediate negative think is the 10 pounds I have gained back, and the lack of willpower I seem to have to lose it. I swear, I gain a pound too for every day that i don’t get to the club and exercise. I missed today.
Bright Wings stands up to applaud you. Good for you.
Oh, you reminded me of something it took me too long to do. Be grateful for what ever was happening.
Living in GRATITUDE puts me in control….even if it feels like I am not. It also brings peace!
Smiling at you all.
BTW: as I was sitting here, listening to my 3rd audio book, I picked up my crocheting and made this. I started it Friday nite.
Since I started my audio books, I also made this. Original pattern.
@brightwings Very pretty. Crocheting is something I never really accomplished. I did a little knitting when I was quite young, and I have also done needlework — crewel and needlepoint — but now with my bifocal vision it's hard to do. I can only do that type of thing if I am watching TV or have something else to occupy me so I need to be able to see both.
Weaning from Effexor is not the same as weaning from other similar drugs. It has a reputation for being almost impossible to stop. Unfortunately, most of us learn this the hard way – AFTER we are taking it!! I feel strongly that it should only be prescribed to people who are really in an extremely troubled state. I’ve been weaning for close to a year (yep!) And am finally down to one pill a week from three a day and I am still struggling from awful withdrawals.
My process has been to reduce by one small step- like from three a day to two every other day – for a month! Before going down to two every two days- for a month etc. ANY attempt to speed this up has resulted in total meltdown. If you seriously want to wean, get onto your Doctors plan and prepare to be patient. I am currently going from one a week- for a month to one every 9 days- for a month- and KNOW from cruel experience that this is the ONLY road to success. This drug should be illegal
Getting off Effexor has been compared to getting off heroin! Why are we not made aware of this until it is too late? Anyone want to start a Class Action? Count me in. This drug should be illegal except for extremely troubled patients. I was prescribed it for sleep while my father was dying…. seven years and a year of withdrawals later….
Xanax is very hard to get off of. as well ! Had to go to the ER with 300 BP Very sick Thought I was having a stroke. Got NO warning from MD Maybe they are clueless until patients tell them !!
Checking in: I am extremely tired. I must have cut down my edibles too much. I am using 16 times less now. I started with 2 whole ones. Now I cut each one into 8 pieces. I only had one tiny piece last night. I will up that again tonight to 2 pieces like I used before. I was up at 430 am. Only 5 hours sleep is not good for my multiple sclerosis.
However today, being my own detective to be in charge of my challenges, I am wondering if my sleep disorder is re-emerging. I will monitor this more.
I know after 26 years of Effexor, being off for only 14 weeks means all my brain wiring previously controlled by Effexor has not yet been rewired. I really am having much more difficulty writing today. Usually I just bang the posts out. This is my 3rd edit.
I am still not aware of any dreams or am not aware of any. Hmmmm, I just realized I have not had any dreams since the nightmares caused by withdrawing in November. That's when I had the mini stroke which I have recovered from. I am so grateful for that.
I am still having problems processing information I hear at times. I sometimes have to make a little video in my head to understand things or write it out to understand things. Now, is this withdrawal or multiple sclerosis? Could be either.
I am so lucky to have the good kind of MS. Mostly it is my balance at times, I used to fall over instantly, often. I have learned to control that using the wedding hesitation step. I can balance my wobbling by keeping my toe pointed down into the earth when I get wobbly. I often have no warning my balance is going. So I have taughtmyself if I feel my balance going, just pause with my toe pointed. I rarely fall now. Other than brain challenges, I am pretty good except for getting too hot. I will lose my life as I know it if I get too hot, sometimes for months. Like I said, I am one of the lucky ones.
The other challenge I notice is still with problem solving. Sometimes, I just can't figure out what I am trying to do. Oh well, THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Smiling as soon as I wrote that. That phrase always gives me hope. I know things won't always be this bad. BRIGHT WINGS
Wow, I can see how messed up my grammar and punctuation are in the above post. So many unnecessary words.
Now I need to figure what caused this huge change overnight.
Dilema…..to help my sleep disorder I can not take naps. To help my MS, naps everyday are good. (Only in times extra care is needed.)
For me, LAYING DOWN and THINKING of troubling things in my life CAUSES AN AVALANCE OF BAD CHEMICIALS in my brain. Yours too.
Then I just made my day and mood much harder. Are you doing that too?
Oh, if I could just remember all the little tricks I used to heal myself and all my many personalities. What a book I could write.
I have decided to try the nap. And take a corner of edible now. Then another one before sleep.
Oh yup, I just figured it out. I skipped the one that would have allowed me to sleep longer. Phew, that took a long time to figure out. Laughing.
I am hitting the bed. Got things on the right path again. Nighty night, Bright Wings Chucking
As I sit here proud of myself, I am aware of that back round anxiety ramping up again and accelerating quickly…I am off to take care of myself. Have a great day, waving her majestic wings as we take off to see what there is over the majestic Ozarks.