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

@brightwings

Brand, etc of CBD powder, please. Source or store?
BW

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AON mother nature is the store name. Located in Colorado and ships to all 50 states.

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@iowaellen27

I have a 4 yr old and 2 1/2 year old grandson too. They love me just the way I am. I've also had several surgeries for different issues. They understand when grandmom isn't feeling well or can't pick them up. Best medicine ever

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They sure are!!!
When I was recovering from my 2nd spinal surgery, I'd call my daughter up to bring over my 'medicine'.
She knew exactly what I meant.
Bring over my 8yo granddaughter for hugs and kisses, laughs and giggles.
The BEST!!!!!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@grandmar My little guy is my best medicine too!! He can't come this week because his daddy's took him out of town. the car seat thing I can't do. 🙁

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@brightwings Others may be feeling the same. I know I am feeling extremely confused. We are all wired differently. Many are not used to being trapped in bodies that can no longer perform. I tell myself I am still ambulatory and can still drive some. I have done many things in my life. I think of young people who are injured in accidents being trapped in young bodies that can no longer perform. We have much to be grateful for-my input. Can understand how you are feeling punished. Old messages are hard-wired.
You sound plenty busy even though not as busy as you would like to be. Time to rest and collect our thoughts and not go running willie-nillie. It can be challenging.

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@iowaellen27

I have a 4 yr old and 2 1/2 year old grandson too. They love me just the way I am. I've also had several surgeries for different issues. They understand when grandmom isn't feeling well or can't pick them up. Best medicine ever

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@iowaellen27– Good morning and welcome to Connect. I agree with you. It's wonderful that they see all sides of you, it makes you real to them. And the more they see you the better the bond!

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@parus

@grandmar My little guy is my best medicine too!! He can't come this week because his daddy's took him out of town. the car seat thing I can't do. 🙁

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There's another time.

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Gee, the best I can do is eat only whole foods, try to exercise as best as I can. This doesn't work but it may be worse if I did not. This keeps my budget tight. The system is set up to have the government and large drug companies in control and the powers that be.
I am thankful to no longer be on antidepressants/antipsychotics. These must help some as they are still being used. Effexor made me vicious and cruel and left me struggling with not being this way towards others. Maybe this is what is wrong with some people. Surely there should not be so much anger in the world.
This is how they are taught and what they believe. Prescribe a pill and everything will be fine. Hogwash!!!

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@parus

@grandmar My little guy is my best medicine too!! He can't come this week because his daddy's took him out of town. the car seat thing I can't do. 🙁

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My apologies. His daddy's work took his daddy out of town. Forgot to proofread closely. Mind going way too fast.

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@parus

My apologies. His daddy's work took his daddy out of town. Forgot to proofread closely. Mind going way too fast.

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NP…..LOL!

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@parus

@brightwings Others may be feeling the same. I know I am feeling extremely confused. We are all wired differently. Many are not used to being trapped in bodies that can no longer perform. I tell myself I am still ambulatory and can still drive some. I have done many things in my life. I think of young people who are injured in accidents being trapped in young bodies that can no longer perform. We have much to be grateful for-my input. Can understand how you are feeling punished. Old messages are hard-wired.
You sound plenty busy even though not as busy as you would like to be. Time to rest and collect our thoughts and not go running willie-nillie. It can be challenging.

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@parus– I think that I have addressed this one before. But thinking that we are being punished for something so far out of our control doesn't make sense, does it? Why do we assume that some force is punishing us? We need to focus on how we can make learn from things that have happened. Did we have a role in mistakes that make us feel punished? It's time for all of us to stop this, and retrain our brains!
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/depression-management-techniques/201507/am-i-being-punished

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https://www.aonmothernature.com/ Matt is the owner and wonderful to work with. They have sales very often. Check out their products. I have no affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

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Checking in on day 5 effexor free. I have been vigilant about taking benadryl and ibuprofen for the dizziness and to prevent headaches, and continued vitamin D, omega 3, some CBD oil, and I have started taking dessicated liver on the advice of my acupuncturist due to the recent liver issues, and still taking my regular TCM remedy.
I have been eating like crazy!
One thing that is very different is that I have been urinating a lot more frequently, and have no idea why.
The dizziness is quite bearable actually, and sometimes I have some shivering. But this is NOTHING NEW! I have experienced these symptoms even worse at smaller tapers. From 75 to around 68 mg was the worst taper I had ever experienced. From that dose down to nothing has been easier so far. The best thing is that even though the dizziness is keeping me from being super productive (can hardly sew a straight line!) my motivation is back, I have not had to have naps, like I was doing for years and I actually feel like going outside instead of laying in a dark room watching youtube videos all day. I have had some serious crying jags but not coming from an emotional place, just more of a purge or release, and they pass pretty quickly. Same with some of the angry bouts. I actually have some hope that everything is going to be ok with this decision. Hope everyone is having a good day. Hang in there.

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