Tips on minimizing withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine)

Posted by richyrich @richyrich, Nov 2, 2016

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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@danalee5

I am down to 37.5 am and 37.5 pm now from 225mg daily 3 months ago. My doc said to take a half capsule of the 37.5 1x a day and the full 37.5 the other time. My question is does anyone know how many beads are in a 37.5mg capsule?

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I was on pills years ago, but I've been on XR for as long as I can remember. That's why my tapering has been so tedious — having to figure out how many of those tiny beads to take out for each reduction, then counting them out has made me want to throw the whole damn thing up against the wall more than once! But I've just taken a couple of deep breaths and resumed counting, trying to focus on how great it will be to finally be off them.

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@danalee5

I am down to 37.5 am and 37.5 pm now from 225mg daily 3 months ago. My doc said to take a half capsule of the 37.5 1x a day and the full 37.5 the other time. My question is does anyone know how many beads are in a 37.5mg capsule?

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yes, I was on time release. Now dr. says take the tablet. I start the tablet tomorrow. We'll see what happens.

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@danalee5

I am down to 37.5 am and 37.5 pm now from 225mg daily 3 months ago. My doc said to take a half capsule of the 37.5 1x a day and the full 37.5 the other time. My question is does anyone know how many beads are in a 37.5mg capsule?

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@catamite
Please let us know how it goes. I have until weds before I have to start counting beads. The 25 mg tablet sounds like it might be an easier way to go.

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@kbmayo

The site where I found the number of beads per capsule is abeffexor.blogspot.com. I think I've read at least 25-30 blogs on this!!

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@kbmayo
It’s pretty amazing that we have this kind of support available. I’m appreciating it also.

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@danalee5

I am down to 37.5 am and 37.5 pm now from 225mg daily 3 months ago. My doc said to take a half capsule of the 37.5 1x a day and the full 37.5 the other time. My question is does anyone know how many beads are in a 37.5mg capsule?

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Certainly easier with a tablet but who knows what will happen with no time release. I will keep you informed. It will be so nice to get this monkey off my back.

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@danalee5

The beads for a 37.5 capsule is complicated unless you have an accurate medication scale.
Complicated more because the beads are different sizes as I understand it.
I thought it was 121 but it might be 124 and I also heard it was 135 but who knows for sure except a pharmacist who can accurately weigh the beads. FNot sure they would do that for you.
I’d go slow from here to zero. In this race being slow wins. Don’t be in a hurry for those potential side effects that may come.
Best of luck
Jake

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@kbmayo

The site where I found the number of beads per capsule is abeffexor.blogspot.com. I think I've read at least 25-30 blogs on this!!

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@kbmayo

It really is amazing. Wish home computers were around 50 years ago when I developed Epilepsy. I bet my breakdown could have been avoided if I could of found some people to chat with. Technology does have advantages.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@danalee5

The beads for a 37.5 capsule is complicated unless you have an accurate medication scale.
Complicated more because the beads are different sizes as I understand it.
I thought it was 121 but it might be 124 and I also heard it was 135 but who knows for sure except a pharmacist who can accurately weigh the beads. FNot sure they would do that for you.
I’d go slow from here to zero. In this race being slow wins. Don’t be in a hurry for those potential side effects that may come.
Best of luck
Jake

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@jakedduck1
Thank you!

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@kbmayo

The site where I found the number of beads per capsule is abeffexor.blogspot.com. I think I've read at least 25-30 blogs on this!!

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I agree, this support is phenomenal to know that I’m not alone

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@lindaellenfrelk

I too am in the process of coming off of a 30 year hate relationship With Effexor. As some of you did, I also tried to do it cold turkey and weening myself. I kept telling my doctor(s) that I was tired all the time and just plain blah. They answer was “take 2 instead of 1”. I look back now and think “really?”. Anyway, I found a doctor willing to send me to a psychiatrist in order to evaluate my state of mind and he agreed that 30 years was way to long since my reason for going on them had ended 29 years ago. He put me on a weening plan that we both agreed upon. During my 8 weeks of weening, I had no issues at all. 2 days after my last pill, the brain zaps began along with the demonic dreams. I have watched my diet and have been drinking plenty of fluids along with a lot of rest. The bad dreams have subsided although the dreams I do have are certainly weird. The brain zaps are still pretty intense but through this message board, I am encouraged. My psychiatrist said indeed, Effexor is the worst one to come off of. Best of luck to all of us in this effort to get back to living our best healthy lives,

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Doc said to allow about a week +-. It will be a week tomorrow since my last pill and today is the first day of no brain zaps. I’m hoping I’m getting to the edge of the woods and will be out in the next couple of days.

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@lindaellenfrelk

I too am in the process of coming off of a 30 year hate relationship With Effexor. As some of you did, I also tried to do it cold turkey and weening myself. I kept telling my doctor(s) that I was tired all the time and just plain blah. They answer was “take 2 instead of 1”. I look back now and think “really?”. Anyway, I found a doctor willing to send me to a psychiatrist in order to evaluate my state of mind and he agreed that 30 years was way to long since my reason for going on them had ended 29 years ago. He put me on a weening plan that we both agreed upon. During my 8 weeks of weening, I had no issues at all. 2 days after my last pill, the brain zaps began along with the demonic dreams. I have watched my diet and have been drinking plenty of fluids along with a lot of rest. The bad dreams have subsided although the dreams I do have are certainly weird. The brain zaps are still pretty intense but through this message board, I am encouraged. My psychiatrist said indeed, Effexor is the worst one to come off of. Best of luck to all of us in this effort to get back to living our best healthy lives,

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Please, can someone tell me what a "brain zap" is? All I feel is crummy with this withdrawal stuff: nausea, fatigue and vertigo. Today I put orange juice in my coffee, walked out the door with a piece of frozen liver in my hand (was going to leave on counter to defrost) and left my purse on a park bench. But no brain zaps.

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@lindaellenfrelk

I too am in the process of coming off of a 30 year hate relationship With Effexor. As some of you did, I also tried to do it cold turkey and weening myself. I kept telling my doctor(s) that I was tired all the time and just plain blah. They answer was “take 2 instead of 1”. I look back now and think “really?”. Anyway, I found a doctor willing to send me to a psychiatrist in order to evaluate my state of mind and he agreed that 30 years was way to long since my reason for going on them had ended 29 years ago. He put me on a weening plan that we both agreed upon. During my 8 weeks of weening, I had no issues at all. 2 days after my last pill, the brain zaps began along with the demonic dreams. I have watched my diet and have been drinking plenty of fluids along with a lot of rest. The bad dreams have subsided although the dreams I do have are certainly weird. The brain zaps are still pretty intense but through this message board, I am encouraged. My psychiatrist said indeed, Effexor is the worst one to come off of. Best of luck to all of us in this effort to get back to living our best healthy lives,

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@catamite
Oh I just laughed so hard! I totally relate! I can't tell you how many times I’ve done stuff like that.

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