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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@notaround
Glad to hear hear your holding steady. Hope your titrating down very slowly, 5-10% every 2-4 weeks. The only way to win here is by going slow!!!
Please keep us updated and wishing you the best.
Jake

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Why is this thread continuing? I’m a newcomer and to see over 2,000 comments on one comment is overwhelming and not at all helpful. There should be moderators closing or helping this discussion.

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@anita1958

I have been withdrawing from effexor with next to no side effects. This is how I am doing it. We will use 75mg as an example. The first week I would take- day 1- regular 75 mg does. day 2- 37.5 day 3- 75 mg. day day 4- 37.5 mg. day 5- 75 mg…I kept this routine up for 7-10 days and let my body tell me when I was ready for the next step.
week two- I took 37.5 mg. every day. week three- day 1- 37.5 mg day 2- no pill day 3- 37.5 mg. day 4- no pill day – day 5 37.5mg. and I continued this letting my body and mind guide me. the last week I took no pill. No side effects at all. just take your time and listen to your mind and body.

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@anita1958
Thank you for sharing. That is pretty much the way I planned to do it. I take so much, 150mg in AM and PM (2-75mg at a time). I am think of stsrting with my pm pill then the am pill.
The week after next i will finish my pill boxes that I've already made then start.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@42430

Why is this thread continuing? I’m a newcomer and to see over 2,000 comments on one comment is overwhelming and not at all helpful. There should be moderators closing or helping this discussion.

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Hi @42430, and welcome to Connect. You're quite right that this discussion is over 2,000 messages long and growing. Members have connected, formed relationships and continue to support one another as they taper off venlafaxine (Effexor). This is precisely the core objective of Mayo Clinic Connect: connect with others to improve health and well-being, set goals, report progress and get support from fellow members when one reaches milestones and even when one has an unexpected setback.

I have sent you a private message to discuss your concerns privately, so that we don't detract from the main topic of this discussion.

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@notaround

Happy to say that yesterday I didn't get super sleepy (it was more like I got a dose of sleeping pills than just being tired) within a few hours of waking up like I have been for the past few weeks.

I can't seem to get to sleep tonight, but I'm still going to count this as progress. Only had a nap after work instead of also taking one during my break. I'm happy to not be sleeping away my entire life, which is a good sign I'm not in the throes of an episode.
Wish I could say I did something in particular but I think it was a matter of patience. I slept whenever I was very sleepy – maybe that helped? At first I tried to fight it and stay awake but that resulted in falling asleep sitting up which was a pain. I'm down to 75mg a day and seem to be holding stable as far as major problems.

I'm glad there are people who understand this incredibly specific kind of hell. Supporting each other makes it more bearable.

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I celebrated too soon. Was out cold just now for 2.5 hours. So much for being a functional person. Knowing that there isn't really anything I can do about it makes me feel only slightly less guilty. I'm debating resigning from my job – no employer wants someone like me and I feel morally compelled to limit the damage I do via lowered productivity. There are plenty of people who can do my job that aren't randomly falling asleep and struggling enough to let it effect work. But I really can't afford to.

Slept despite tea in me and through my alarm and several missed calls.

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@42430

Why is this thread continuing? I’m a newcomer and to see over 2,000 comments on one comment is overwhelming and not at all helpful. There should be moderators closing or helping this discussion.

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@42430
Hi,
I don’t understand why you feel this thread is not helpful. I believe the people are grateful for our opinions because they know we genuinely care about them. Maybe they will follow our advice and perhaps not. We all hope our advice helps those with concerns. I wish something like this had existed back when my Epilepsy began but no computers or support groups where available back then. I’m sure the powers that be would appreciate any suggestions to help improve the site.
Have a great day,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@42430
Hi,
I don’t understand why you feel this thread is not helpful. I believe the people are grateful for our opinions because they know we genuinely care about them. Maybe they will follow our advice and perhaps not. We all hope our advice helps those with concerns. I wish something like this had existed back when my Epilepsy began but no computers or support groups where available back then. I’m sure the powers that be would appreciate any suggestions to help improve the site.
Have a great day,
Jake

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I’m not saying the main topic of this thread isn’t helpful. However, having so many branches unrelated to the main topic and over 2,000 posts to wade through isn’t helpful to someone searching issues here. Quite often moderators of threads will redirect when ancillary topics come up and a thread gets as unwieldy as this one. PEACE!

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@shaker1956
Hey buddy, are you lurking? Been curious how your getting along. Been a couple months since last heard from you. Since your not around was thinking your side effects might finally be gone, I hope so.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@shaker1956
Hey buddy, are you lurking? Been curious how your getting along. Been a couple months since last heard from you. Since your not around was thinking your side effects might finally be gone, I hope so.
Jake

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Hey Jake. How goes it? Well i havent been in here in awhile. Turns out I have stage 4 Lymphoma and I am going through Chemo right now. I’ve had 2 treatments so far and what a ride its been. I never expected this at all but its gere and I have to deal with it. My doctor says the treatments should put this into remission. Sure hope so as the alternative is def not good. I have even started to take CBD oil. This stuff is supposed to have magical powers!!!!! I am sure glad I changed Doctors as my last one just kept on changing meds with little or no success. I went through that for 3 yrs. I’m also taking this “smart drug”. Doc says its like video game inside my body. Its killng bad cells and unfortunately its also killing some good ones. I have 4 more treatments to go and hopefully it works. Take care!!!!!

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@shaker1956

Hey Jake. How goes it? Well i havent been in here in awhile. Turns out I have stage 4 Lymphoma and I am going through Chemo right now. I’ve had 2 treatments so far and what a ride its been. I never expected this at all but its gere and I have to deal with it. My doctor says the treatments should put this into remission. Sure hope so as the alternative is def not good. I have even started to take CBD oil. This stuff is supposed to have magical powers!!!!! I am sure glad I changed Doctors as my last one just kept on changing meds with little or no success. I went through that for 3 yrs. I’m also taking this “smart drug”. Doc says its like video game inside my body. Its killng bad cells and unfortunately its also killing some good ones. I have 4 more treatments to go and hopefully it works. Take care!!!!!

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@shaker1956
I’ve missed you being around. You have been a lot of help and encouragement to the folks. Jeez, I forgot all about the Lymphoma. I have a really crappy memory. You beat the Effexor withdrawals (hope you don’t have them anymore) and with your strong constitution and determination you’ll beat this too.
Keep us updated buddy.
Take care of yourself,
Jake

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@shaker1956

Hey Jake. How goes it? Well i havent been in here in awhile. Turns out I have stage 4 Lymphoma and I am going through Chemo right now. I’ve had 2 treatments so far and what a ride its been. I never expected this at all but its gere and I have to deal with it. My doctor says the treatments should put this into remission. Sure hope so as the alternative is def not good. I have even started to take CBD oil. This stuff is supposed to have magical powers!!!!! I am sure glad I changed Doctors as my last one just kept on changing meds with little or no success. I went through that for 3 yrs. I’m also taking this “smart drug”. Doc says its like video game inside my body. Its killng bad cells and unfortunately its also killing some good ones. I have 4 more treatments to go and hopefully it works. Take care!!!!!

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@shaker1956– HI Shaker
Glad you are back. Sounds like you have not been having a lot of fun! How are the treatments- are they rough? We hope you will keep us posted as you go through this experience as we will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way!
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

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@ainsleigh

@shaker1956– HI Shaker
Glad you are back. Sounds like you have not been having a lot of fun! How are the treatments- are they rough? We hope you will keep us posted as you go through this experience as we will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way!
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

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Hi Ainsleigh and Jake. Well to be honest I feel the pits. This chemo stuff is really hard on the body. But its what I have to do so hopefully it works. Like I said he is quite optimistic that it will work. I’m very fortunate that my new Doctor wanted to investigate irregularities with my blood and send me to an Oncologist. I’m doing 6 treatments in total and then we’ll see. If it goes into remission then I go for 3 month checkups for 2 years. And after that I dont know. We’ll just hope for the best. Enjoy your day. W

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