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

Besides avoiding any physical dangers from stopping, which it doesn't sound like you are doing, I would think the biggest risk would be the possibility of relapse into the condition that you originally had (anxiety, depression)

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Into the full second day of tapering off my Effexor. Today I wasn’t able to get a full workout in and didn’t stick to my meal plan as usual. Noticed today was more difficult with my mood swings, emotional, more impatient. These were symptoms close to 23 or so hours after my dose, so I was thinking it’s just getting out of my system. Nothing I’m too worried about, very minor on the withdrawal scale. I found a great article on tapering off with charts and schedules on timelines.

Thanks for letting me log my journey!

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@laujenkins

Into the full second day of tapering off my Effexor. Today I wasn’t able to get a full workout in and didn’t stick to my meal plan as usual. Noticed today was more difficult with my mood swings, emotional, more impatient. These were symptoms close to 23 or so hours after my dose, so I was thinking it’s just getting out of my system. Nothing I’m too worried about, very minor on the withdrawal scale. I found a great article on tapering off with charts and schedules on timelines.

Thanks for letting me log my journey!

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Start with some chamomile tea thru the day for your impatience.
It works. Bright Wings

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I dropped from 37.5 to 0 last night. I feel a little unsettled as in “what do I do now“ but that’s not unusual for me.

I’ve never been prone to “withdrawal.” But the last time I came off, it was paxil, And I had a horrible relapse months later. With no psychiatrist to run to. I have a resident now who will be moving now in June. If I relapse I’m going to the hospital and I’m not leaving until I get treatment with the head psychiatrist. Scared. Meanwhile I will not miss Effexor.

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@shermananski

I dropped from 37.5 to 0 last night. I feel a little unsettled as in “what do I do now“ but that’s not unusual for me.

I’ve never been prone to “withdrawal.” But the last time I came off, it was paxil, And I had a horrible relapse months later. With no psychiatrist to run to. I have a resident now who will be moving now in June. If I relapse I’m going to the hospital and I’m not leaving until I get treatment with the head psychiatrist. Scared. Meanwhile I will not miss Effexor.

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DO NOT DO THIS. YOU WILL DECEND INTO HELL.
Cut the tablets into quarters.
Then drop slowly after that.
Your brain needs time to adjust to the decrease, or you will pay the price.

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@shermananski

I dropped from 37.5 to 0 last night. I feel a little unsettled as in “what do I do now“ but that’s not unusual for me.

I’ve never been prone to “withdrawal.” But the last time I came off, it was paxil, And I had a horrible relapse months later. With no psychiatrist to run to. I have a resident now who will be moving now in June. If I relapse I’m going to the hospital and I’m not leaving until I get treatment with the head psychiatrist. Scared. Meanwhile I will not miss Effexor.

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Hey Shermananski,

Everyone is different and definitely knows their own body.

Just a recommendation, why don’t you try opening the capsule and see if you can break it up into smaller doses? That way it won’t be such a shock. This is what I have been doing, removing one or two white tablet at a time and it’s been manageable!

This is with Effexor, not sure how Paxil is packaged! Also here’s a pic I added that recommends how to decrease meds! I circled the one for Paxil!

Good luck with your journey!

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@laujenkins

Hey Shermananski,

Everyone is different and definitely knows their own body.

Just a recommendation, why don’t you try opening the capsule and see if you can break it up into smaller doses? That way it won’t be such a shock. This is what I have been doing, removing one or two white tablet at a time and it’s been manageable!

This is with Effexor, not sure how Paxil is packaged! Also here’s a pic I added that recommends how to decrease meds! I circled the one for Paxil!

Good luck with your journey!

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Thank you. I have the small beads. I’m guessing it’s the extended release. I think I’m ok. Actually I feel better. Like you, I don’t doubt what people experience, but the reason I got on this list serve at the outset was Effexor side effects. Not withdrawal. I now need a how not to relapse forum.

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@brightwings

DO NOT DO THIS. YOU WILL DECEND INTO HELL.
Cut the tablets into quarters.
Then drop slowly after that.
Your brain needs time to adjust to the decrease, or you will pay the price.

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Thank you. I have beads… but I hear your concerns. If I start having problems I’ll reintroduce the Effexor immediately. And call my psychiatrist and get his opinion. I trust him to listen and be proactive. If it’s bad enough I’ll plop myself into the ER as I’m a clinic patient and say get me the chief doc stat.

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@shermananski

I dropped from 37.5 to 0 last night. I feel a little unsettled as in “what do I do now“ but that’s not unusual for me.

I’ve never been prone to “withdrawal.” But the last time I came off, it was paxil, And I had a horrible relapse months later. With no psychiatrist to run to. I have a resident now who will be moving now in June. If I relapse I’m going to the hospital and I’m not leaving until I get treatment with the head psychiatrist. Scared. Meanwhile I will not miss Effexor.

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Please listen to Brightwings. What’s the hurry? Go easy on yourself. Set yourself up for success.

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@shermananski

Thank you. I have beads… but I hear your concerns. If I start having problems I’ll reintroduce the Effexor immediately. And call my psychiatrist and get his opinion. I trust him to listen and be proactive. If it’s bad enough I’ll plop myself into the ER as I’m a clinic patient and say get me the chief doc stat.

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Sounds great! Once again, I truly believe that everyone knows their own body and can gauge what is beat for them. I believe everyone is different when it comes to weaning off this medication and should listen to what their bodies tell them!

All the best!

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@laujenkins

Hi all,

Second day decreasing my meds in half. Down from 75mg to 37.5 mg. Minor withdrawals. I actually feel more energetic and less tired throughout the day. Had some mood swings yesterday but really kept myself busy and felt good.

My question is, is there a time line where getting off Effexor is too fast? Is it just the withdrawal symptoms people are concerned about? What other concerns are there with coming off Effexor too quickly? Is it just a “everyone is different” kind of process?

Thank you for your tips and feedback!

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For me The cut from 75 to 37.5 was the hardest and in retrospect I would not have cut by that much.. I don’t know your background but I had been on for 22 years.. so a 50% reduction brought out my worst..out and was the most intense..

Now having said this, Its important to realize that it’s temporary and will pass. Especially when it doesn’t feel like it in the moment..

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@shermananski

I dropped from 37.5 to 0 last night. I feel a little unsettled as in “what do I do now“ but that’s not unusual for me.

I’ve never been prone to “withdrawal.” But the last time I came off, it was paxil, And I had a horrible relapse months later. With no psychiatrist to run to. I have a resident now who will be moving now in June. If I relapse I’m going to the hospital and I’m not leaving until I get treatment with the head psychiatrist. Scared. Meanwhile I will not miss Effexor.

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Good for you!

I’m going on a week and a half, by taking Effexor xr 37.5 one day on one day off.. so far so good…perhaps that’s something you could explore… I was against it at first.. completely, and carefully weighted the pros and cons but my psych doc, gp, and pharmacist explained that’s the best most successful way.. even thought I’ve been reading that it’s not the easiest way…the difference with me is that Effexor never really worked… so I didn’t want to prolong suffering and take it slow if the med is having an adverse effects

for me at first it was a mindf*** as I’d been taking an ad before bed since my teens..but one day at a time, some are better than others etc..

But I really feel like everyone is different and what works for others may not work for me..so in the end, with feedback from All. the docs and wife, I decide what is my best next step

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@cp6401

For me The cut from 75 to 37.5 was the hardest and in retrospect I would not have cut by that much.. I don’t know your background but I had been on for 22 years.. so a 50% reduction brought out my worst..out and was the most intense..

Now having said this, Its important to realize that it’s temporary and will pass. Especially when it doesn’t feel like it in the moment..

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Thank you for this!

I completely agree that it is a huge jump! I Actually have done it before I was pregnant with my daughter and it was ok for me!

I definitely won’t be doing 37.5 to 0. I will be tapering from 37.5.

I feel better today. It’s been 3 days on 37.5 and it’s going well! Listening to my body and making sure it can handle it!

Thanks for all the tips and advice!

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@cp6401

Good for you!

I’m going on a week and a half, by taking Effexor xr 37.5 one day on one day off.. so far so good…perhaps that’s something you could explore… I was against it at first.. completely, and carefully weighted the pros and cons but my psych doc, gp, and pharmacist explained that’s the best most successful way.. even thought I’ve been reading that it’s not the easiest way…the difference with me is that Effexor never really worked… so I didn’t want to prolong suffering and take it slow if the med is having an adverse effects

for me at first it was a mindf*** as I’d been taking an ad before bed since my teens..but one day at a time, some are better than others etc..

But I really feel like everyone is different and what works for others may not work for me..so in the end, with feedback from All. the docs and wife, I decide what is my best next step

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That’s great you found something that works!

I’m going to try decreasing one little white tablet weekly until I’m completely off! It seems to be working right now.

I feel like 3 or so years ago I tried the every other day and didn’t like it as much. I can’t remember though!

Definitely will keep everyone posted on my journey!

Thanks

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24 hours into the 37.5 to 0 and I started getting dizzy, and I chickened out and took half a capsule. This morning I feel a little dizzy and the depression kind of washes in and out. Then I feel motivated and normal. I like the idea of every other day of ER as described above, especially if that's what psychiatrists, gp, and pharmacist say! Meanwhile I can't decide if I should do laundry, dishes, shovel, paint, clean, organize, mediate, yoga, eat or anything. It's a rather long list. When I'm on Effexor I just kind of numb through that thought process and maybe get through a few things. I'm not sure I'm ready for a world without numb!

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@shermananski

24 hours into the 37.5 to 0 and I started getting dizzy, and I chickened out and took half a capsule. This morning I feel a little dizzy and the depression kind of washes in and out. Then I feel motivated and normal. I like the idea of every other day of ER as described above, especially if that's what psychiatrists, gp, and pharmacist say! Meanwhile I can't decide if I should do laundry, dishes, shovel, paint, clean, organize, mediate, yoga, eat or anything. It's a rather long list. When I'm on Effexor I just kind of numb through that thought process and maybe get through a few things. I'm not sure I'm ready for a world without numb!

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That’s how I feel about being numb. I was telling my husband that I feel “foggy” and that I can’t remember things or conversations. It never used to be like this, I’ve been on it for 12 or so years. I feel like it changed after pregnancy. My daughter is 1.5 years now and I feel like I’m ready to get off it and live without the “numb and fog”.
I feel I don’t get passionate and excited about things anymore and I want to!
Here’s hoping getting off Effexor will help! 🤞🤞

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