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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Hi Mary. Would certainly try to get into a clinic and get checked for sleep apnea. I have it and use a machine nightly. Before that I was tired all the time during the day. I would get that under control and then tackle the Ven. You will be very surprised at what a sleep apnea machine will do for you.
Hi, I tried using a machine but couldn’t get used to it. I changed masks but hated using it. One night I jumped out of bed gasping for air and my daughter heard me and calmed me down. That was only once and 4 years ago.
To the new folks…Welcome, you are in the right place. My last pill was March 14. 5 months, wow. I did it the hard way. Found this site way to late.
Remember, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep going. Tell yourself THIS TOO SHALL PASS
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L Tryptophan really caught my eye. How much are you taking?
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Funny part is I never was an ice cream eater !! Now I can’t get enough…. then I go to potato chips and coke .. I weigh about 110 by time it’s over maybe have to roll me out the door .
Thanks. I will go back and get my machine tested because it’s been sitting collecting dust. I will try to do both.
Hi Mary. This can be a life threatening situation if you need a machine and dont use it. It sure scared the hell out of me. When someone dies of a heart attack in their sleep, it is more likely than not that it was caused by sleep apnea. I was absolutely shocked when I went to the sleep clinic and they came out with all these scenarios. I wont even sleep without my machine. First you quit breathing and then when you start up again your heart is going too fast and hence you can have serious issues from the heart. I’m no medical professional so I’m just passing on what I’ve been told when I attended the clinic. Its something not to be fooled with.
Hi, my Apnea (I was told) is mild and that I could sleep with a ball or pillow behind my back so that I don’t roll on my back, or use a machine. My doctor did tell me he worries that my heart may get damaged. The sleep clinic didn’t seem too concerned but that night when I was gasping for air scared the hell out of me. Did you find that it took you awhile to get used to the machine?
Solid advice about the CPAP machine, @shaker1956. @maryathome you might be interested in reading some of the discussions in the Sleep Health group: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/sleep-health/
CPAP and BiPAP machines are often discussed, including conversations and tips on tolerating the machine and solutions to make it work.
I take a220 mg pill of Tryp every night before bed. Not sure the reply was meant for me but I decided to answer anyway. Lol. You just never know when someone will write something that will help!!!!
Good to hear Mary. You get an ATTAGIRL (lady)for that