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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I been eating!! I find ice cream been helping me with the stomach issues!!
Fish oil supplements can help the "brain zaps" some experience while getting off Effexor. "During withdrawal from an antidepressant, one of the quickest ways to help the brain heal is to supplement high-quality omega-3s." Read more here–https://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/03/19/10-best-supplements-for-antidepressant-withdrawal/.
Thats an interesting site there TexasD. Thanks for that. I already take a few of those supplements-fish oil, high quality. Just started taking L-Tryptophan, 220mg’s. I take 1 pill B4 bed. Also take 2 x vit D3 and one multi vit for ppl 50 and older. Also taking CBD oil which is suppose to help with anxiety and depression. I’m trying to find a site to make sure that I can take all these and they dont fight each other. I need to take the Tryp for a few more days to see if its working or not. Oh well time will tell. Like I said before—— hope it does soon. If I can only get a good nights sleep then then next day is not too bad………
I'm tapering off after being on 150mg for quite a while. I started on Effexor (now on venlafaxine) 25 years ago at a much lower dose — I'm guessing it was 75, but it may have been 37.5. I knew the withdrawals would be hellacious from running out of it a couple of times, hence the taper. I've read about the withdrawal on a lot of blogs, which have been very helpful. I learned online how many beads are in each capsule, so I created a schedule for myself and I'm coming off at 50 beads per wk. It's so damn tedious counting out all those tiny beads, but I'm determined to get off it. It wasn't working anymore and I wanted my life back. 150 mg capsules have 486 beads and I'm now down to 245 beads per day. (I had to buy some empty gelatin capsules.) I get so frustrated that I'm tempted to say the hell with it and just go cold turkey at this point, but I remember how awful it was to go without any for a day or two, so I just sigh and keep counting beads. No overt physical withdrawals at this point, but I'm exhausted, completely non-motivated, I sleep a lot, don't have much patience, am forgetful, etc. I regularly take calcium, CoQ10, turmeric and D-3, and I've added B-6, B-12, folic acid, zinc, magnesium and wild Alaskan fish oil (1400 mg). I love ginger so I eat it frequently. I also drink 1 tbsp of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 tbsp of wild honey and 1 cup of club soda. (That's for detox.) And I walk whenever I can make myself get up out of the chair! A biggie for me is trying to be gentle and patient with myself, which isn't easy. BTW I'm a 74-yr-old woman. Hope some of this will help someone. I really appreciate all the help I've gotten!
@sharaden I feel totally sympathetic for you. It really does not seem right to put such a young person on such a powereful and addictive medication. I know little, so I am just offering sympathy and concern. I am sure your mother or whomever your guardian is must feel badly about this too. It sounds to me as if the doctors do not give enough information for the patient, or in your case your parent or guardian, to really understand what they are getting into. I am beginning to think that many doctors also don’t completely realize since they themselves have probably not taken it. They are just listening to the drug companies, and let’s face it, the drug companies are in it to sell drugs. I hope you can successfully get off of it and afterward feel more at peace and not have whatever problems caused this to be prescribed for you.
They put me on it in my hospitalization in Nov. 2015, right after I turned 15. They only chose it because it worked for my mother. My mother just got off of it right before we started to taper me down. Thankfully she has been very understanding. And she had apologized so many times for not thinking more about putting me on it before they did. My dose is the highest they will go for someone under 21 (I think), so it's very high. So far, I'm so close to getting off of it, but I had to give in and take a 37.5mg because the symptoms were just way too much for me.
Thank you for the well wishes.
I'm going to try doing 37.5mg every other day until that feels okay and then trying to complete drop to 0 again.
@cherylannm @catamite I've eaten like 3 klondike bars, 4 yogurts, 2 things of chicken fried rice, some egg noodles. It's like I'm starving constantly, even though I know that I'm not as hungry as I feel. It's terrible.
I had to give in and take a 37.5mg because it was just all too much. I'm so upset with myself for it, because I just wanted to be strong, but I'm so tired of feeling so sick.
@sharaden I am sure your mother must feel terrible to see you going through this. There is nothing worse for a mother than to see one of her children in pain or having difficulties, and for her, she must wish she had known more and could have prevented it, but it is really is not her fault at all. I can imagine how I would feel if you were my daughter.