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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Good morning all
Just checking in. I am doing well. I am in great spirits. Chosing time to spend with friends. Less shivers yesterday. It was 80 degrees here much of the day too.
I was actually able to spend time in a tee top for a few hours yesterday. That means my winter coats have finally come off. Darn cold house with no insulation is starting to heat up.
I will be looking for an air conditioner this week. My MS is going to be a wild ride this year. I am losing feeling in my fingers and I am dropping things. Its so shocking when it happens. I think I gave a good grip on things but then I see things just slip out of my grasp and bang. I was sorry to drop one of my favorite containers yesterday. Thankfully it broke nicely so I won't be chasing shards of glass.
My COPD is ramping up with the change of weather. I can't believe the things I am coughing up. Yuck!
My body is complaining big time with pain. My CBD will not arrive until Friday and I did not realize how much pain the CBD removed from My body. Its so hard to stand up straight.
I had a very bad safari in Kenya in '06. I suffered 3 ruptured discs in my neck and 3 in my lower back that day. My neck was fixed in 07 but I chose not to do my lower back. So it is complaining big time. Hahaha, I've heard it all before. Nothing new in the concept or the wording.
I met with a medicine woman friend of mine yesterday. Oh we had a lovely afternoon. We sat in the sunshine and laughed together. I got to touch many baby lambs and really feel their bodies. Oh isn't new life grand?
Makes me know life is going along as it should be and will be in the future.
I am content.
Bright Wings

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@merpreb

Ah ha! I knew that @texasduchess. lolol. I had forgotten the dosage that it came in. Thank you. When I weaned I didn't have a problem except that my depression came back like a tornado.

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I’m fearing my depression is coming back. I’m in the office now and I just want to cry and scream and run away. I realize I’m going through a lot of stress at the moment, so I’d love to blame it all on that. But I just don’t care anymore about anything – and yet I care TOO much about other things. My kid still makes me smile, so I’m going to focus on that. (I was in a hole so deep before I started Effexor 20 years ago that nothing made me smile…)

Trying not to keep telling the sad story!

Going to take a walk.

BUBS

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@secretwhitepop

I’m fearing my depression is coming back. I’m in the office now and I just want to cry and scream and run away. I realize I’m going through a lot of stress at the moment, so I’d love to blame it all on that. But I just don’t care anymore about anything – and yet I care TOO much about other things. My kid still makes me smile, so I’m going to focus on that. (I was in a hole so deep before I started Effexor 20 years ago that nothing made me smile…)

Trying not to keep telling the sad story!

Going to take a walk.

BUBS

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@secretwhitepop
I am sorry you are suffering so!
Chances are that the depression you suffer from is genetic, part of your heredity, part of your chemical make-up.
The Effexor kept it under control for so many years, now nothing is.
I am no medical person, but it sounds to me like you need some sort of medication to manage your depression.
Don't wait too long!
You don't want things to get worse!!!!
Call the doc!

Good luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@secretwhitepop

I’m fearing my depression is coming back. I’m in the office now and I just want to cry and scream and run away. I realize I’m going through a lot of stress at the moment, so I’d love to blame it all on that. But I just don’t care anymore about anything – and yet I care TOO much about other things. My kid still makes me smile, so I’m going to focus on that. (I was in a hole so deep before I started Effexor 20 years ago that nothing made me smile…)

Trying not to keep telling the sad story!

Going to take a walk.

BUBS

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@secretwhitepop– I'm with you on this. Mine came back again too, or started too. Then I realized that I hadn't been taking good care of myself-not enough rest, or eating the right foods or drinking enough water and not exercising. I started back on these goals today and I'm beginning to feel better. It's an awful feeling isn't it? But sometimes I do get feeling sad about something and confuse it with depression. Twenty years is a long time on one medicine that controls your moods. Do you think that it's time to change something or get an additional medication for a short time to see you through your stressful times?

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@secretwhitepop I feel you! Sometimes I wonder if "normal " people experience bad days the same as I do, or if I've always just been super sensitive to things. I do know that speaking for myself here, I will do any and every thing known to mankind before I would consider starting on another medication. I have no desire to go back to square one. There is so much more information available to us now via the internet that I can research and even experiment with modalities like meditation, other therapies.

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@brightwings

@searchgirl,
how long have you been on it? BW

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Over 10 years BW.

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Great day today. A lot of shaking but not debilitating. When I open my mouth to talk, I cry, but it's not from sadness, it's just like turning on a faucet and turning it off. Passes as quickly as it comes on.
Hope everyone is doing well today. Hang in there if you're not. It will change.

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What is the deal with the crying? It’s uncontrollable and then, just like that, things feel ok again. Truly truly the strangest thing. Am grateful for feeling good. Not sure how long it will last. But grateful.

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@sandij

@secretwhitepop I feel you! Sometimes I wonder if "normal " people experience bad days the same as I do, or if I've always just been super sensitive to things. I do know that speaking for myself here, I will do any and every thing known to mankind before I would consider starting on another medication. I have no desire to go back to square one. There is so much more information available to us now via the internet that I can research and even experiment with modalities like meditation, other therapies.

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Thank you. Because truly I was considering going on Zoloft or Prozac. But, it passed. So I’m thinking straighter again. Thankfully.

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@secretwhitepop I know the temptation of picking something up in the hopes it will make things easier. But I've found if I wait a day, an hour, a minute, that small amount of time puts me that much closer to my goal of living a life that is truly me. Hang in there. It gets better.

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@secretwhitepop

What is the deal with the crying? It’s uncontrollable and then, just like that, things feel ok again. Truly truly the strangest thing. Am grateful for feeling good. Not sure how long it will last. But grateful.

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@secretwhitepop it's the strangest thing. My husband looks at me with such worry and it's hard to explain that they arent "upset" tears. My guess is that it's our bodies way of discharging energy that's been spent up. The same way with the "angry" outbursts. I had the tears happen in the middle of teaching class..I'm online. The kid has nothing else to look at except me, and suddenly I'm bawling?? Try explaining that to a 9 year old Chinese boy who is wondering what he said wrong!

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@secretwhitepop

What is the deal with the crying? It’s uncontrollable and then, just like that, things feel ok again. Truly truly the strangest thing. Am grateful for feeling good. Not sure how long it will last. But grateful.

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I’m on a crying jag today too, had a fantastic productive day yesterday and I felt very content and then this! So up and down and very difficult to control. My counsellor has been showing me ways to ground myself but man, it’s freakn hard to do during an episode like this. I haven’t even started my wean yet! How am I going to make it thru this when I start? Feel like my brain is broken. Tomorrow it will get better right?

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@searchgirl it's not possible to control it. You can, however, set yourself up for success by being prepared for the bad times when they come. I had to make myself a list to remind me of the things to always do to help myself through, because in the moment even the easiest things are hard to remember.( Drink water. Have you eaten? CBD. Did you take your vitamins today? Watch Happy by pharrell on youtube. The witches dance on youtube. Write in journal. Drink more water. Are you tired? Rest. Epsom salts. ) it's like I'm a child who needs led around by the nose!
Many people will say that if you're having these symptoms now, it's best to stabilize at that dosage until the withdrawal symptoms stop, take 3 weeks there before attempting a reduction in dosage. That's most people. Some of us (well, just me that
I know of) went rogue and ripped the bandaid off. I wouldn't want to lead you astray. For my SELF only, I knew I was going to experience protracted withdrawal..waves and windows ..I'm familiar with it, so instead of prolonging my agony I just jumped off.
You're having ups and downs. You're not having downs and downs. Do what you can handle. It's an experiment. You'll make it work for you.

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@secretwhitepop

I’m fearing my depression is coming back. I’m in the office now and I just want to cry and scream and run away. I realize I’m going through a lot of stress at the moment, so I’d love to blame it all on that. But I just don’t care anymore about anything – and yet I care TOO much about other things. My kid still makes me smile, so I’m going to focus on that. (I was in a hole so deep before I started Effexor 20 years ago that nothing made me smile…)

Trying not to keep telling the sad story!

Going to take a walk.

BUBS

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@secretwhitepop
Susan, you were on Effexor for 20 years. That stuff gets stored in our tissues. I was on 25mg Effexor for 18 years and was fine for 6.5 weeks after my taper. I think that's because the Effexor stored in body fat carried me that long after quitting Effexor. I wasn't ever on Effexor for mental issues, but developed anxiety, agitation, insomnia, sudden rage, irritability and akathesia once I came off it. Perhaps your depression is coming back, or maybe, it's withdrawal. You can click on my name to see my previous posts to read about the supplements I've found extremely helpful in lessening my withdrawal symptoms–especially L-tryptophan, GABA and L-methylfolate (a prescription B vitamin that spurs the production of more neurotransmitters–serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine). My doctor also gave me a limited prescription of 5mg Valium to use when WD was overwhelming.

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@sandij

@searchgirl it's not possible to control it. You can, however, set yourself up for success by being prepared for the bad times when they come. I had to make myself a list to remind me of the things to always do to help myself through, because in the moment even the easiest things are hard to remember.( Drink water. Have you eaten? CBD. Did you take your vitamins today? Watch Happy by pharrell on youtube. The witches dance on youtube. Write in journal. Drink more water. Are you tired? Rest. Epsom salts. ) it's like I'm a child who needs led around by the nose!
Many people will say that if you're having these symptoms now, it's best to stabilize at that dosage until the withdrawal symptoms stop, take 3 weeks there before attempting a reduction in dosage. That's most people. Some of us (well, just me that
I know of) went rogue and ripped the bandaid off. I wouldn't want to lead you astray. For my SELF only, I knew I was going to experience protracted withdrawal..waves and windows ..I'm familiar with it, so instead of prolonging my agony I just jumped off.
You're having ups and downs. You're not having downs and downs. Do what you can handle. It's an experiment. You'll make it work for you.

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Thank you. It’s so helpful to know I’m not on my own and help is there. I just journaled my day and realized I really need to practice more of my self soothing and grounding especially when a strong episodes comes on. Was also thinking the Valium thing and I already have cbds. If it wasn’t for my partner today, I might have done my run away stint lol! He wants to come with me to my next counselling session to find out what he can do for me during my wean. He unfortunately becomes my target yet somehow he still loves me when I make it through….bless him.

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