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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@babydoll

@brightwings What brand of CDB oil do you use and how do you use it? I’ve seen your posts and I’m willing to try anything to keep my anxiety at bay. Thanks!

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I also would like more information on CBD oil!

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@sandij

Not the most popular opinion here but I went from being on 225 for many years, down to 150 back in September 2018. I had no immediate withdrawal symptoms but they came after a month. Because I'd been through neurontin withdrawal which as Leonard said, was horrible for me, I knew what to look for, so I wasn't blindsided, nor were my symptoms debilitating enough to say I wouldn't taper that way again. But I'm not sure I'd go from 300 to 150. My choice to taper from 225 to 150 was based on the desire to simplify, I just was not interested in counting beads, I just took 2 capsules instead of 3 and was willing to accept the consequences. I will say though, that 300 to 150 could be dangerous, since 300 is a pretty high dose. Use your best judgment in your choice and most importantly, support your health during this process!

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Good information . Thank you

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@nanners012910

I also would like more information on CBD oil!

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Me aswell and I am wondering is it safe to take with Effexor 75mg??

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@babydoll @nanners012910 @breds1968
You can click on @brightwings and read her posts. I posted on 5/10 and 4/21 some info about CBD oil that you might find helpful. Please be aware that some folks can experience an increase in anxiety when using it (start out slow; see how it works for you) AND it may interact with Effexor.

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@texasduchess

@babydoll @nanners012910 @breds1968
You can click on @brightwings and read her posts. I posted on 5/10 and 4/21 some info about CBD oil that you might find helpful. Please be aware that some folks can experience an increase in anxiety when using it (start out slow; see how it works for you) AND it may interact with Effexor.

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Thought CBD was to alliviete anxiety..?

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Hi guys! Just not doing so good when it comes to stressful situations. It’s the best kind of stress, picking out stuff for a new home (because, after saving money and buying an old home to fix up, we can’t live in boxes anymore!). So, I’ve been off Effexor since February and have had ups and downs. Mostly downs. Which is to be expected. Under a lot of stress. Just landed a new job with the school system making less than half my current salary. My husband is now working for a seafood store. My current job requires a massive commute because – oh, when dad died last year, I sort of moved our whole family. Mom has dementia. I’ve lost interest in just about everything but I’m trying.

I’m thinking of going back on an SSRI. Lexipro works for my mom. I’m really miserable and anxious and keep making insane snap decisions and anxiety is through the roof. That being said, it’s my anxiousness that pushes me to get things done. (I’m happy I got my new job. It’s a better place.)

I don’t want to be on again off again with these medications. And I was in Effexor for more than 20 years!

Going to meditate now. That helps. But (like I’ve done in the past) I’m seriously thinking about calling my doctor and starting up again.

Any advice is helpful. I love this forum.

PS: this is mostly for my family and friends. They are noticing…

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@nanners012910

I also would like more information on CBD oil!

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Sorry to keep you guys hanging yesterday. I wrote the info on my CBD company yesterday and it didn't post. I must have hit a wrong button or something…
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My CBD company info…
Lazarus Naturals
Portland Oregon
I use CBD Coconut Oil, 1200 mg in 4 ounces.
Cost retail, $50. I had been using 2 bottles a month, AND I have been able to cut way back recently.
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Now, if you are a Veteran, Disabled or Low Income, fill out the form on the web site…
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The CBD I was paying $100 retail a month is now costing me $40 a month. That is such a blessing. (Disabled since 1992.)
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CBD gave me my life back, as I used to know it. It handles my body pain and discomfort, removes my anxiety and allows me to do the things I want to do instead of sitting in a chair vegetating 24/7.
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I had been using 75 mg a day, I used only 25 mg yesterday.
What ever the cost or dosage, I will use this until the day I die.
Hope this helps, Bright Wings

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@secretwhitepop

Oh my goodness yes! So, I took my time weening off and truly had minimal symptoms. (And it helped that, when they hit, like head spins etc, I knew exactly why it was happening. ). After over a YEAR of weening off 37.5 mg, I have been Effexor Free since 2/1/19. My dizzy spells are worse. Vertigo. I’ve been treated for something called “benign proximal … something “. Where the treatment is simple and it’s to move a crystal that got stuck in a wrong place in the inner ear. Seems reasonable enough and treatment is non invasive. But didn’t work in my situation :(. I haven’t been posting lately because of the nausea. Reading etc makes me want to puke. (And incidentally, so does boating! Haha). So now I’m worried I have meniere’s disease Like my dear dad had.

I am hopeful that it’s metely more symptoms of withdrawal and hope so. But when will it stop? It’s been four months!!!

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Hey bubbles, so sorry to hear of your distress. I want you to know I hear you.
May I suggest one more thing I have been doing recently that has Definately helping me.
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I have been going to a chiropractor for a miss-aligned spine…its great AND she also uses Accupuncture. I am starting to believe its the Accupuncture that has reduced my need for the CBD. Accupuncture balances the electrical system of the body….it is an ancient form of medicine and look how much I have changed in the last month or so….
Its really helping.
I hope you will try it.
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Write down all your symptoms before you go in. I used to suffer from dizziness also. I realize I had things placed in my house so I could teach out and steady myself as I walked thru a room. Like, a tall lamp, my sewing table, wall, oh so many things… Now I get up and just walk, confident in my footing and balance….
Bubbles, you have become part of our family here. We love you….
.
This is your life, you are in charge of it. These are your decisions to make and what ever you decide, I will back you!
Smiling at you, Darling, Bright Wings

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Now remember, I never had a normal childhood…EVER….the folks who should have loved me unconditionally, had their own hidden agenda. Oh, during the day, other children envied me my so loving family…they too wanted to have the loving family we showed to the world.
But night was something else. Oh, my horrible story is written somewhere here. I think it would be sufficient to say when my therapy was done, I found out I had 150 different personalities. Yes, that is not a typo…
I took back my life. My mother had to die before I could fully integrate, I completely finished integrating my last 8 personalities on 1/11/11. It was a personal journey I would not want to wish on anyone. I kept going cuz I was worth it. That's why I have so many mottos I share constantly, cuz I used them myself.
I am a DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES kind of girl.
.
One thing I used very successfully was a native American plant medicine called Ayahuasca. It is from South America. It removed the cause of my depression. It changed the events that started at age 3 months. .
I don't remember where you are, but I know a great Medicine man in Jefferson City, Missouri.
I have Great respect for him. He also travels to administer Sacred Plant Medicine. It has to be given by a Medicine Man for it to be legal.. Certainly there are others all over. If you are interested, send me a private message. I will see how to connect you…
Bright Wings

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@brightwings

Hey bubbles, so sorry to hear of your distress. I want you to know I hear you.
May I suggest one more thing I have been doing recently that has Definately helping me.
.
I have been going to a chiropractor for a miss-aligned spine…its great AND she also uses Accupuncture. I am starting to believe its the Accupuncture that has reduced my need for the CBD. Accupuncture balances the electrical system of the body….it is an ancient form of medicine and look how much I have changed in the last month or so….
Its really helping.
I hope you will try it.
.
Write down all your symptoms before you go in. I used to suffer from dizziness also. I realize I had things placed in my house so I could teach out and steady myself as I walked thru a room. Like, a tall lamp, my sewing table, wall, oh so many things… Now I get up and just walk, confident in my footing and balance….
Bubbles, you have become part of our family here. We love you….
.
This is your life, you are in charge of it. These are your decisions to make and what ever you decide, I will back you!
Smiling at you, Darling, Bright Wings

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Thank you so much! I am a big supporter of acupuncture and it cured my back issues. You are right! I will try it. But I am also feeling, today, as I have in the past, that I am going to give in. It’s almost too exhausting all the stuff I have to go through just to be and feel normal.

My symptoms are the feeling of what I used to call “homesick” in my tummy. Now I know that as anxiety.

I’ve had it most of my life, looking back, and have been a snappy individual – as in always with a quick and sarcastic retort… irritable but funny. So I got by. It made people laugh.

Now I’m not doing so good. Since my dad died I truly don’t see a point in doing a lot of things. Not thinking “S” but definitely wondering what it’s all for.

Thinking of trying Lexipro. Just an easy SSRI to lift my mood. I’m on nothing now, so it won’t interfere with anything. I am truly at a loss and meanwhile it’s a beautiful day and I am, otherwise, healthy. There is truly no reason to feel this way.

And funnily, when it lifts, it just plain lifts. So strange! (But it doesn’t last!)

Just wondering if I should stay off the meds completely and the lifts will continue or throw in the towel.

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@brightwings

Now remember, I never had a normal childhood…EVER….the folks who should have loved me unconditionally, had their own hidden agenda. Oh, during the day, other children envied me my so loving family…they too wanted to have the loving family we showed to the world.
But night was something else. Oh, my horrible story is written somewhere here. I think it would be sufficient to say when my therapy was done, I found out I had 150 different personalities. Yes, that is not a typo…
I took back my life. My mother had to die before I could fully integrate, I completely finished integrating my last 8 personalities on 1/11/11. It was a personal journey I would not want to wish on anyone. I kept going cuz I was worth it. That's why I have so many mottos I share constantly, cuz I used them myself.
I am a DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES kind of girl.
.
One thing I used very successfully was a native American plant medicine called Ayahuasca. It is from South America. It removed the cause of my depression. It changed the events that started at age 3 months. .
I don't remember where you are, but I know a great Medicine man in Jefferson City, Missouri.
I have Great respect for him. He also travels to administer Sacred Plant Medicine. It has to be given by a Medicine Man for it to be legal.. Certainly there are others all over. If you are interested, send me a private message. I will see how to connect you…
Bright Wings

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I really appreciate that and your advice and you always being there. I really do. Ha! And it’s so weird for me to accept that you’re not my bestie I grew up with (I have none of them) but a perfect stranger who is not perfect (wink) and no longer a stranger.

At any rate, I have heard about ayahuasca but am hesitant to try it. But it’s not completely off my radar. So thank you.

I will try acupuncture and get back to exercising and meditation. Which worked.

Plumber here now 🙂

Thank you.

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@secretwhitepop

I really appreciate that and your advice and you always being there. I really do. Ha! And it’s so weird for me to accept that you’re not my bestie I grew up with (I have none of them) but a perfect stranger who is not perfect (wink) and no longer a stranger.

At any rate, I have heard about ayahuasca but am hesitant to try it. But it’s not completely off my radar. So thank you.

I will try acupuncture and get back to exercising and meditation. Which worked.

Plumber here now 🙂

Thank you.

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Bubbles, I would be honored to be your bestie!
I never had them either…
Check your private messages. BW

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@secretwhitepop

Thank you so much! I am a big supporter of acupuncture and it cured my back issues. You are right! I will try it. But I am also feeling, today, as I have in the past, that I am going to give in. It’s almost too exhausting all the stuff I have to go through just to be and feel normal.

My symptoms are the feeling of what I used to call “homesick” in my tummy. Now I know that as anxiety.

I’ve had it most of my life, looking back, and have been a snappy individual – as in always with a quick and sarcastic retort… irritable but funny. So I got by. It made people laugh.

Now I’m not doing so good. Since my dad died I truly don’t see a point in doing a lot of things. Not thinking “S” but definitely wondering what it’s all for.

Thinking of trying Lexipro. Just an easy SSRI to lift my mood. I’m on nothing now, so it won’t interfere with anything. I am truly at a loss and meanwhile it’s a beautiful day and I am, otherwise, healthy. There is truly no reason to feel this way.

And funnily, when it lifts, it just plain lifts. So strange! (But it doesn’t last!)

Just wondering if I should stay off the meds completely and the lifts will continue or throw in the towel.

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The homesick in the tummy feeling started for me as a young child and continues to this day. And like you said, when it lifts, it lifts! No rhyme nor reason. Effexor never took that feeling away.

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@secretwhitepop

I really appreciate that and your advice and you always being there. I really do. Ha! And it’s so weird for me to accept that you’re not my bestie I grew up with (I have none of them) but a perfect stranger who is not perfect (wink) and no longer a stranger.

At any rate, I have heard about ayahuasca but am hesitant to try it. But it’s not completely off my radar. So thank you.

I will try acupuncture and get back to exercising and meditation. Which worked.

Plumber here now 🙂

Thank you.

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I've watched some documentaries about ayahuasca. It scares me. Mostly because I would have trouble trusting the intention of who is administering it. But I'm sure if you have a trusted practitioner it would be ok, I just dont ever see it happening for me. Acupuncture and chiropractic I swear by! My acupuncturist has passed on many helpful xhi gong exercises to me (admittedly I rarely do them). I have been going to the gym, walking and doing a lot of vipassana meditation. Oh I've lost 10 pounds because I no longer eat chocolate, sweets, I've lost my taste for Cherry Coke, it's like living the life of a stranger!! So, lots of positive changes.

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@brightwings

Bubbles, I would be honored to be your bestie!
I never had them either…
Check your private messages. BW

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I wanna be in the bestie club!! Please!

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