Tips on minimising 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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@sandij

I never want to be around people anymore. I guess there are more reasons than just these wd symptoms, I think it's a combination of things. I do like this forum a lot. I'd hang out with all of you!

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Good Morning @sandj,
Funny you should mention that.
There was a time that I felt that way, too.
I really didn't want to spend time with my granddaughter (wanted to see her and then have her leave), which is VERY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought I was going into a depression (or my chronic pain was just getting to me) which is not me.
I'm an anxiety chick.
When I went to my then psychiatrist, she also thought I might be having a 'bit of depression'.
So, guess what she did?
Upped my Effexor.
Didn't thing twice because I knew something wasn't right, not wanting to spend actual time with my granddaughter.
Guess it might have been our good friend, Effexor.
Not feeling that way anymore, thank goodness!
But, I 'll have to keep this in the forefront of my mind as time progresses.

Have a peaceful day!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Hi All!

UPDATE…………
Starting week 2 of my reduced dosage of Effexor.
As a reminder, I went from 2-75mg in the evening to 1-75mg in the evening.
I haven't touched my morning dosage of 2-75mg.

Sleep is still an issue, but I am thinking it MAY NOT BE the Effexor withdrawal at all.
I have lots going on in my mind as I plan for a vacation.
I keep reading that checking air fares at a 'given' time is the best.
I find, strangely (and I am strange…lol), that I get up with enough time to do my morning routine before I get on my computer, to check fares at that 'given' time.
Guess that's something I have to work on.

Only other thing I am noticing, is that my memory is starting to fade again and I am getting that feeling of my head in the clouds, again.
I felt this way before I started my reduction; those are the BIG reasons I wanted to cut back.
I feel like I've gone backwards.
Of course, I will forge ahead.

Since I do not plan to touch my morning dosage for a while, I am hoping my body will adjust.
My granddaughter ends school in a few weeks and I want to be clear headed in order to spend quality time with her.
Therefore, I don't want to start anymore reductions, just in case.
I'm thinking after the summer to continue.
It took since November to get to this point.

Have a peaceful day!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@farmboy

@grandmar I've diffently haven't had a straight journey. It's been hell of ride.

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Good Morning @farmboy

I know the hell you have been through!
I am so sorry for that.
IF there were a bright side to this, AT ALL, it would be that I think we all learned a lot from your experiences.
Of course, I wish you NEVER went through all this!!!!!

Please keep in touch with the group as we worry when we don't hear from you!!!

Hope you have a peaceful day………..
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@farmboy

@cristin1 I know what you mean. I just kinda stay to myself because it's hard to explain to people how I feel when they ask.

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@christin1
@farmboy

Good Morning,

I know what you mean by 'trying to explain' how you feel to others.
Between being a woman and having those monthly feelings AND dealing with the Effexor (now that I know it is that), I understand where the both of you are coming from.
I don't believe, PERSONALLY, that you 'need to explain' anything to anyone, if you can't or don't want to.
I find that the easiest thing to tell others, if asked, is that I am preoccupied with things, for now, so I am stepping back for a while.
That usually stops people in their tracks.
Rarely, if ever, will anyone ask anything about my preoccupation, other than if there is anything they can do to help.
I tell them, "no" and that if things change and I can use their help, I'd let them know.
I also tell them that I will call when 'things are straightened out."

I find that doing the above is a help as far as explanations.
I also try to call, text or email the person (people) every week or two to let them know I am OK.

Hope this helps……

Have a peaceful, uneventful day
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@sandij

I never want to be around people anymore. I guess there are more reasons than just these wd symptoms, I think it's a combination of things. I do like this forum a lot. I'd hang out with all of you!

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I almost feel like I should keep track of good days vs bad days. I wake up crying. That can't be good. It's only been 10 weeks off Effexor. I have good moments and I even remember encouraging other people to stick it out. When is enough enough? I exercise on purpose, for mental health. Then it hurts my back. Little things cause my whole world to crumble. I am envious of my little 8 year old who abounds with happiness. She is wise and pushes though her own roadblocks. It's only 7 AM. I suppose I'll see what 8:00 has in store.

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I've been waking up crying lately too. After having horrible nightmares. I'm down to about 66 mg of effexor daily. I cancel almost all of my appointments if I have them, and I can barely drag myself into the other room, where I teach online for just an hour or two a day, to out in a happy face. I used to be able to do three or four hours. I hurt all the time, maybe because of the fibro? I do better when I stay on my supplement regime but I'm too stubborn sometimes to want to take anything. I'm also really cold all the time. I dont know what's going on but I had a lesion detected on my liver and now I'm waiting for test results and automatically thinking a slow painful death would be fitting for me. I've caused a lot of trouble and pain for others. Karma I guess. It's not a good day today. Hang in there everyonr.

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@sandij

I've been waking up crying lately too. After having horrible nightmares. I'm down to about 66 mg of effexor daily. I cancel almost all of my appointments if I have them, and I can barely drag myself into the other room, where I teach online for just an hour or two a day, to out in a happy face. I used to be able to do three or four hours. I hurt all the time, maybe because of the fibro? I do better when I stay on my supplement regime but I'm too stubborn sometimes to want to take anything. I'm also really cold all the time. I dont know what's going on but I had a lesion detected on my liver and now I'm waiting for test results and automatically thinking a slow painful death would be fitting for me. I've caused a lot of trouble and pain for others. Karma I guess. It's not a good day today. Hang in there everyonr.

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Ya know what? As hard as it is and as numb as I feel, I DO try and drag myself out. Even if only for a couple hours. Then, within those couple hours, maybe I will say hi to someone who will be kind to me. It’s worth it.

Not sure I believe in Karma. I believe everyone is human, however. Go easy on yourself. It’s a strange time we’re in if you ask me. I mean, being on this forum is like having multiple pen pals!

Again, hang in there. Heal as best as you can from within. I’m learning that’s all we have.

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@secretwhitepop

Ya know what? As hard as it is and as numb as I feel, I DO try and drag myself out. Even if only for a couple hours. Then, within those couple hours, maybe I will say hi to someone who will be kind to me. It’s worth it.

Not sure I believe in Karma. I believe everyone is human, however. Go easy on yourself. It’s a strange time we’re in if you ask me. I mean, being on this forum is like having multiple pen pals!

Again, hang in there. Heal as best as you can from within. I’m learning that’s all we have.

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Good for you getting out and thanks for the great advice!
Rascal

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@sandij

I've been waking up crying lately too. After having horrible nightmares. I'm down to about 66 mg of effexor daily. I cancel almost all of my appointments if I have them, and I can barely drag myself into the other room, where I teach online for just an hour or two a day, to out in a happy face. I used to be able to do three or four hours. I hurt all the time, maybe because of the fibro? I do better when I stay on my supplement regime but I'm too stubborn sometimes to want to take anything. I'm also really cold all the time. I dont know what's going on but I had a lesion detected on my liver and now I'm waiting for test results and automatically thinking a slow painful death would be fitting for me. I've caused a lot of trouble and pain for others. Karma I guess. It's not a good day today. Hang in there everyonr.

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You need to hang in there, too!
Don't assume the worse is wrong.
Please let us know when you have the test results.

Wishing you peace of mind!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Thanks, all.

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@sandij

I've been waking up crying lately too. After having horrible nightmares. I'm down to about 66 mg of effexor daily. I cancel almost all of my appointments if I have them, and I can barely drag myself into the other room, where I teach online for just an hour or two a day, to out in a happy face. I used to be able to do three or four hours. I hurt all the time, maybe because of the fibro? I do better when I stay on my supplement regime but I'm too stubborn sometimes to want to take anything. I'm also really cold all the time. I dont know what's going on but I had a lesion detected on my liver and now I'm waiting for test results and automatically thinking a slow painful death would be fitting for me. I've caused a lot of trouble and pain for others. Karma I guess. It's not a good day today. Hang in there everyonr.

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@sandij
I have been where you are today…nightmares suck and they are caused by the withdrawal.
This too shall pass….that is what I kept telling myself…..
Smiling at you cuz I know its too hard to smile today. Bright Wings

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@grandmar

Hi All!

UPDATE…………
Starting week 2 of my reduced dosage of Effexor.
As a reminder, I went from 2-75mg in the evening to 1-75mg in the evening.
I haven't touched my morning dosage of 2-75mg.

Sleep is still an issue, but I am thinking it MAY NOT BE the Effexor withdrawal at all.
I have lots going on in my mind as I plan for a vacation.
I keep reading that checking air fares at a 'given' time is the best.
I find, strangely (and I am strange…lol), that I get up with enough time to do my morning routine before I get on my computer, to check fares at that 'given' time.
Guess that's something I have to work on.

Only other thing I am noticing, is that my memory is starting to fade again and I am getting that feeling of my head in the clouds, again.
I felt this way before I started my reduction; those are the BIG reasons I wanted to cut back.
I feel like I've gone backwards.
Of course, I will forge ahead.

Since I do not plan to touch my morning dosage for a while, I am hoping my body will adjust.
My granddaughter ends school in a few weeks and I want to be clear headed in order to spend quality time with her.
Therefore, I don't want to start anymore reductions, just in case.
I'm thinking after the summer to continue.
It took since November to get to this point.

Have a peaceful day!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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I was on 75 once a day and although that is not a high dosage, I have been on it well over 20 years. Over the course of a year I was able to wean myself off completely and have not taken any since Feb. 2019. I do have some days that I feel kind of blank and the other day I did not recognize someone I had spoken to only minutes before. This scares me but I am hoping it is still the effects of effexor

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@sandij

I've been waking up crying lately too. After having horrible nightmares. I'm down to about 66 mg of effexor daily. I cancel almost all of my appointments if I have them, and I can barely drag myself into the other room, where I teach online for just an hour or two a day, to out in a happy face. I used to be able to do three or four hours. I hurt all the time, maybe because of the fibro? I do better when I stay on my supplement regime but I'm too stubborn sometimes to want to take anything. I'm also really cold all the time. I dont know what's going on but I had a lesion detected on my liver and now I'm waiting for test results and automatically thinking a slow painful death would be fitting for me. I've caused a lot of trouble and pain for others. Karma I guess. It's not a good day today. Hang in there everyonr.

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@sandij
How old are you. If I might ask.
My brain keeps dinging at me to share I had a stroke during one of those night mares. Yes, I completely recovered from it except for a lot of missing brain cells.
Have you thought about taking a baby aspirin before you sleep?
Also, I was told about red clover tea. I use it daily, it calms me and helps remove heavy metals. Remember, I was poisoned by pesticides in Sept and October.
Now, this tea supplies us ladies with an estrogen like substance. I had a total hysterectomy at 40 something. So this tea gives me something I have been missing, helps me sleep too.
This tea is NOT for men or folks with cancer….
Sandi, Hang in there. You are not alone. We are here for you, good day or not!
I know you mentioned you were at 66mg. How fast are you dropping?
Concerned, Bright Wings

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@saku

I was on 75 once a day and although that is not a high dosage, I have been on it well over 20 years. Over the course of a year I was able to wean myself off completely and have not taken any since Feb. 2019. I do have some days that I feel kind of blank and the other day I did not recognize someone I had spoken to only minutes before. This scares me but I am hoping it is still the effects of effexor

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@saku
Welcome, yes you are in the right place.
Yes, what you are discribing is still the Effexor. I used it for 33 years. My last dose was Jan, 2018. Only I did it the hard way. I found this place months later cuz I was still having difficulty.
So welcome again.
Get to reading others peoples posts and see what you identify with.
Your name is interesting to me. Is it Japanese? My husband was Japanese from Hawaii.
Smiling at you, Bright Wings

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