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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@brightwings

Thanks Duchess,
Unfortunately the class is filled before we got the money in. So I am looking at Jan or February.
I had a huge melt down yesterday. Why? Cuz I finally rejoined Facebook. In 6 days I have 116 friends. I have felt so lonely yet all these people love me, or most of them. Really messed with my head.
Bright wings

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I quit Facebook entirely and erased everything for several reasons.

A) politics just made me angry and I found myself ready to be a contrarian because I could understand all sides. But, on some months I would argue one-way and get upset, then other weeks differently.

I quit listening, watching and reading the news unless it was about science, nature or outside the us and didn’t involve topics domestically. But was ruining my days and those around me.

B) I have family who are in professions and are in a position to know what Facebook claims to do and really do. The most recent being obtaining s patent to evaluate your fb friends for credit evaluation. FB, once this was revealed, of course had no comment.

Time and time again they have claimed to have your interests at heart but then are caught in flagrante delicto to the opposite. Their very business model is at odds with their consumer protection claims. They ultimate are responsible to shareholders and that, like any company, is what drives them.

C) EVERYONE should understand that One of the biggest and most lucrative areas is data mining. Many companies do it and ones you’d never guess. Even more companies broker in the obtained data and countless buy and use it.

Apps on the phones are not far behind and a face recognition software app was put out by a Russian company. Well, you can begin to see how these pieces could potentially come together:

Facial software, credit information and patterns, and even finger print apps to open phones and you’ve got a clever firm to create a bogus loan, credit, medical history, and total identity using parts or all of your data. These activities are just as driven by profit as legitimate companies. Paranoid thinking? You bet, but when it comes to your finances, medical a personal information a little paranoia is justified as we keep finding out.

D) Another problem is that of Facebook and the friends angle. I cannot cite a study but could find it as you’ll you, but people tend to be more depressed with social media wen they get online and have no messages. For some, understandably, it’s one of the only ways to feel tethered to the world and get contact, of a kind.

My point here is that there are a lot of issues with Facebook that are far reaching and potentially harmful. The impact of these factors to individuals already prone to depressive disorders can be more serious than the average person, So beware. Alternatives, I honestly don’t know.

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@renwald

I quit Facebook entirely and erased everything for several reasons.

A) politics just made me angry and I found myself ready to be a contrarian because I could understand all sides. But, on some months I would argue one-way and get upset, then other weeks differently.

I quit listening, watching and reading the news unless it was about science, nature or outside the us and didn’t involve topics domestically. But was ruining my days and those around me.

B) I have family who are in professions and are in a position to know what Facebook claims to do and really do. The most recent being obtaining s patent to evaluate your fb friends for credit evaluation. FB, once this was revealed, of course had no comment.

Time and time again they have claimed to have your interests at heart but then are caught in flagrante delicto to the opposite. Their very business model is at odds with their consumer protection claims. They ultimate are responsible to shareholders and that, like any company, is what drives them.

C) EVERYONE should understand that One of the biggest and most lucrative areas is data mining. Many companies do it and ones you’d never guess. Even more companies broker in the obtained data and countless buy and use it.

Apps on the phones are not far behind and a face recognition software app was put out by a Russian company. Well, you can begin to see how these pieces could potentially come together:

Facial software, credit information and patterns, and even finger print apps to open phones and you’ve got a clever firm to create a bogus loan, credit, medical history, and total identity using parts or all of your data. These activities are just as driven by profit as legitimate companies. Paranoid thinking? You bet, but when it comes to your finances, medical a personal information a little paranoia is justified as we keep finding out.

D) Another problem is that of Facebook and the friends angle. I cannot cite a study but could find it as you’ll you, but people tend to be more depressed with social media wen they get online and have no messages. For some, understandably, it’s one of the only ways to feel tethered to the world and get contact, of a kind.

My point here is that there are a lot of issues with Facebook that are far reaching and potentially harmful. The impact of these factors to individuals already prone to depressive disorders can be more serious than the average person, So beware. Alternatives, I honestly don’t know.

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One of the news items you may have missed today is that the FCC JUST SLAPPED FB with a $5B fine for Privacy violations, USA TODAY news.

I only use FB to keep up with friends and family all over the US. Supposedly FB must update and adopt new privacy, security measures. You’re correct…it can be depressing when you see mainly happy news from those posting on FB. But to me the blatant lies posted by bipartisan political advocates are the worst. It isn’t so hard to discern what is true and what isn’t. Sadly, so many aren’t happy unless they are constantly ranting and roiling over something they can’t control.

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@sheffieldsmith

One of the news items you may have missed today is that the FCC JUST SLAPPED FB with a $5B fine for Privacy violations, USA TODAY news.

I only use FB to keep up with friends and family all over the US. Supposedly FB must update and adopt new privacy, security measures. You’re correct…it can be depressing when you see mainly happy news from those posting on FB. But to me the blatant lies posted by bipartisan political advocates are the worst. It isn’t so hard to discern what is true and what isn’t. Sadly, so many aren’t happy unless they are constantly ranting and roiling over something they can’t control.

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I didn’t see it but it doesn’t surprise me. It goes to show that stated concerns for FB are for feel good consumption. For the longest time, I kept up with family and friends this way too. But when I found out about the credit scores and patents, and other info being harvested, I just said enough. When I deleted the account, I told them as much ‘the business model is at odds with their stated concern about privacy’.

Just think of Jack the Ripper saying that he won’t use knives on people because he cares. I think you’d be entitled to some skepticism.

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@renwald

I didn’t see it but it doesn’t surprise me. It goes to show that stated concerns for FB are for feel good consumption. For the longest time, I kept up with family and friends this way too. But when I found out about the credit scores and patents, and other info being harvested, I just said enough. When I deleted the account, I told them as much ‘the business model is at odds with their stated concern about privacy’.

Just think of Jack the Ripper saying that he won’t use knives on people because he cares. I think you’d be entitled to some skepticism.

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I know you guys mean well. This site is for withdrawing from venlafaxine and it’s withdrawal symptoms. The posts have doubled since I came on board.
Nuff said.
Bright Wings

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@daver

Neat! I ordered a jar of empty gel caps. The approximately 20mg I took Friday afternoon is just now wearing off. (The tinnitus gets louder and is occasionally stopped by a short muffled explosion). So tfn around 18-20mg every other day. Continue with cbd to kill acute psychological distress in its tracks. Great. Thanks.

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We appear stable at 18.75mg every other day. The CBD vape pen makes it all possible. Stay tuned.

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Checking in. My three month freedom from effexor. I took 20 mg of prozac on Tuesday, 10 mg Wednesday and today and will probably continue at that dose. Feeling much better. Started therapy on Wednesday. Hope everyone here is well!

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@sandij I took Prozac as a bridge as well and had horrible anxiety and restless legs, my dr kept increasing it and it made my symptoms worse. I quit taking it and my symptoms eased, I realized now it was side effects from the medicine. She switched me to Zoloft and it is doing the same thing. Apparently I can not tolerate SSRI meds. She is wanting to try trilacilic meds, may have spelled that wrong, has anyone tried these types of meds before?

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I have no plans to increase the dosage if things get worse, I'll know it's the prozac making it worse. And I'm taking it a day at a time regarding if I'll be on it long term, I'm only looking at my symptoms now as withdrawal symptoms, but if I need to be on medication long term, at least I'll be more educated prior to starting it.
The only thing I've had to cope with the last few days was a pretty severe reaction to bactrim, as a result of an asymptomatic UTI, but that was prior to beginning the Prozac, and those symptoms (itching, muscle pain) have fortunately subsided.
I dont have any info about other meds.

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@babydoll

@sandij I took Prozac as a bridge as well and had horrible anxiety and restless legs, my dr kept increasing it and it made my symptoms worse. I quit taking it and my symptoms eased, I realized now it was side effects from the medicine. She switched me to Zoloft and it is doing the same thing. Apparently I can not tolerate SSRI meds. She is wanting to try trilacilic meds, may have spelled that wrong, has anyone tried these types of meds before?

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I have not tried tricyclics but my doc put me in seroquel at night and Zoloft in the morning. Seroquel is a mood stabilizer and keeps the anxiety at bay as you start an SSRI. It’s working much better than the few days I tried Lexapro. I couldn’t take the anxiety! And while I still have anxiety in the morning , it’s very doable. I’m at day 15 and am hoping this anxiety ceases. Ask you doc for a mood stabilizer. It may help. Good luck.

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I suppose the vistaril is to take the edge of, and the prozac makes me feel somewhat normal again

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This week's member spotlight is for one of our most active members @jakedduck1. He's always willing to offer his support and share some laughs.

Transforming stigma to acceptance: Meet @jakedduck1
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/transforming-stigma-to-acceptance-meet-jakedduck1/

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How is everyone here doing? I'm hanging in there, taking vistaril, 10 mg prozac, omega 3, I have a wave almost every day like clockwork between 11 and 3-4 pm. Grateful it's only those few hours, and doesn't interfere with my work. I've been able to return to almost a full schedule of teaching (for me that's 2 to 3 hours early am), which was something I was completely unable to do in June. Also I'm going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week with my neighbor and seeing a therapist. Although I spend lots of time trying to explain to the therapist that I've had and managed anxiety all my life, no thanks to effexor, and I'm needing support for the WITHDRAWAL. The techniques she has given me are helpful. It's just frustrating to have to educate these professionals, lol. I'm sure between all of us here we have boatloads of valuable information for them!!! Grateful today for recovery from this drug, my husband for his patience and my God.

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@sandij

How is everyone here doing? I'm hanging in there, taking vistaril, 10 mg prozac, omega 3, I have a wave almost every day like clockwork between 11 and 3-4 pm. Grateful it's only those few hours, and doesn't interfere with my work. I've been able to return to almost a full schedule of teaching (for me that's 2 to 3 hours early am), which was something I was completely unable to do in June. Also I'm going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week with my neighbor and seeing a therapist. Although I spend lots of time trying to explain to the therapist that I've had and managed anxiety all my life, no thanks to effexor, and I'm needing support for the WITHDRAWAL. The techniques she has given me are helpful. It's just frustrating to have to educate these professionals, lol. I'm sure between all of us here we have boatloads of valuable information for them!!! Grateful today for recovery from this drug, my husband for his patience and my God.

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@sandij I agree 100%!

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@sandij

How is everyone here doing? I'm hanging in there, taking vistaril, 10 mg prozac, omega 3, I have a wave almost every day like clockwork between 11 and 3-4 pm. Grateful it's only those few hours, and doesn't interfere with my work. I've been able to return to almost a full schedule of teaching (for me that's 2 to 3 hours early am), which was something I was completely unable to do in June. Also I'm going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week with my neighbor and seeing a therapist. Although I spend lots of time trying to explain to the therapist that I've had and managed anxiety all my life, no thanks to effexor, and I'm needing support for the WITHDRAWAL. The techniques she has given me are helpful. It's just frustrating to have to educate these professionals, lol. I'm sure between all of us here we have boatloads of valuable information for them!!! Grateful today for recovery from this drug, my husband for his patience and my God.

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That’s such good news! Keep up the good work.

I am on the lowest dose of seroquel (generic) and Zoloft (generic) and am doing well. Kind of blah, but loads better than the anxiety ridden self I was a month ago!

Life is still a roller coaster but I’m handling things much better.

Let’s hope this all keeps!

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@secretwhitepop

That’s such good news! Keep up the good work.

I am on the lowest dose of seroquel (generic) and Zoloft (generic) and am doing well. Kind of blah, but loads better than the anxiety ridden self I was a month ago!

Life is still a roller coaster but I’m handling things much better.

Let’s hope this all keeps!

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That's great news! Yes, we stay positive these changes will move us forward!!

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