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

Liked by Bek, LynneB, kelly76, echams1 ... see all

@ksad

My experience with a bad withdrawal sounds much the same, especially brain not being able to find balance. It is getting better, lighter, brighter. Still a very long way from emotionally stable and it seems once the pile of issues hiding in the back corners of my brain came busting out that they wont go back in. But, and its a big but, no more pukey, head spinny feeling. No more dreams that made me afraid to sleep. No more sugar craving. Certainly not as much anger and wanting to crush people. All I keep hearing is to be patient.
No choice but patience as nothing will speed up this re-adjusting time.
2 big challenges/frustrations – 1 is explaining to others and dealing with the wanting to explain, 2 is to feel vindicated as this was not self- directed, it was done to me. To us.

Jump to this post

May I ask you for how long you’ve been sober now?
I’ve also noticed less nightmares after about a week on dose 0.

Liked by ksad

REPLY
@laujenkins

@chicago1211 I FEEL THE EXACT SAME! It’s been I think a little over 2 weeks and I’m having the worst mood swings and I’m ANGRY! I’ve been taking supplements and exercising daily and it’s just awful! I had to take 12 mg tonight of Venlafaxine. I feel like a complete failure. I’m scared to fall back into feeling the brain fog and useless, but now I feel angry and miserable, that’s awful too. The withdrawal I could handle, I can’t handle being irritated all the time, ESPECIALLY, that I’m raising my daughter!

I’m so frustrated! 🥺

Jump to this post

I was so easily irritable and couldn’t control my anger for 12 days after quitting the meds. From the day 13 I’ve began feeling more depressed than angry. Either way a sad story.

Liked by laujenkins

REPLY

I know. I felt out of control and all I could do was jog and meditate. I’m not one for too many supplements but know they work for some folks. Sunshine, regular sleep, meditation and normalcy (which is what this entire world does not have now) all helps. However, in my case, it turned out I do actually do much better back on an SSRI (zoloft) Augmented by Seroquel. A very low dose of each so that encourages me, but still.

There are some success stories! Those folks aren’t on this forum (why would they?) and, I suppose technically, despite being back on an ssri, I have successfully gotten off Effexor. But go slowly. You will be fine and then, if your symptoms reappear, you’ll catch it soon.

If you have to go back on an ssri it’s ok. It is in no way a testament of weakness or anything other than you wanting to be the best YOU you can be. (Ok, I’m talking to myself here…)

Please keep on reaching out and letting us know how you’re doing and especially if/when you have moments of clarity or even, dare I say, happiness 🙂

We’re here.

REPLY
@secretwhitepop

I know. I felt out of control and all I could do was jog and meditate. I’m not one for too many supplements but know they work for some folks. Sunshine, regular sleep, meditation and normalcy (which is what this entire world does not have now) all helps. However, in my case, it turned out I do actually do much better back on an SSRI (zoloft) Augmented by Seroquel. A very low dose of each so that encourages me, but still.

There are some success stories! Those folks aren’t on this forum (why would they?) and, I suppose technically, despite being back on an ssri, I have successfully gotten off Effexor. But go slowly. You will be fine and then, if your symptoms reappear, you’ll catch it soon.

If you have to go back on an ssri it’s ok. It is in no way a testament of weakness or anything other than you wanting to be the best YOU you can be. (Ok, I’m talking to myself here…)

Please keep on reaching out and letting us know how you’re doing and especially if/when you have moments of clarity or even, dare I say, happiness 🙂

We’re here.

Jump to this post

Thank you for this 💜

Liked by secretwhitepop

REPLY
@chicago1211

I was so easily irritable and couldn’t control my anger for 12 days after quitting the meds. From the day 13 I’ve began feeling more depressed than angry. Either way a sad story.

Jump to this post

It’s tough, trust me, I do know! I did take my mood stabilizing supplement last night before bed and woke up feeling pretty good (fingers crossed it stays that way!)
I’m sorry how you’re feeling. I know it’s not fun! We’re here to help and talk! 💜

REPLY
@chicago1211

May I ask you for how long you’ve been sober now?
I’ve also noticed less nightmares after about a week on dose 0.

Jump to this post

If by “sober” you mean off Effexor, it has been almost a month.

REPLY

I am home and easily fell back into the habit of up late into the night because I’m not done with the day and then sleeping mornings away. No one is watching me swallow seroquel on time and I dont discipline/manage myself well at all.

REPLY

Hi, I’m new here. I’ve been on SSRIs since they first came out. I’ve tried them all except the newest ones and also done the antipsychotic supplements (latter work but then I can’t stop eating, dangerous weight gain is depressing). I’ve gone off them too. Paxil was definitely the worst (2 months of withdrawal).Now I’m back to the first one, Prozac, 60mg. Higher dose than I could handle 20-30 years ago. It is definitely working. If i start going down, I take Abilify for no more than 2-3 days. It bumps me up without the side effects. Prozac doesn’t seem to have withdrawal and I feel safe on it. Short bump of abilify doesn’t either. I’ve also started cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s a positive addition. I take other psychoactive meds. But this is long enough.

Liked by texasduchess

REPLY
@ghmcgran

Hi, I’m new here. I’ve been on SSRIs since they first came out. I’ve tried them all except the newest ones and also done the antipsychotic supplements (latter work but then I can’t stop eating, dangerous weight gain is depressing). I’ve gone off them too. Paxil was definitely the worst (2 months of withdrawal).Now I’m back to the first one, Prozac, 60mg. Higher dose than I could handle 20-30 years ago. It is definitely working. If i start going down, I take Abilify for no more than 2-3 days. It bumps me up without the side effects. Prozac doesn’t seem to have withdrawal and I feel safe on it. Short bump of abilify doesn’t either. I’ve also started cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s a positive addition. I take other psychoactive meds. But this is long enough.

Jump to this post

Hello, @ghmcgran – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you have been around the block a bit with various selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825.

Have you had experience taking venlafaxine (Effexor) and tapering off of it? If so, how did that go?

Liked by texasduchess

REPLY
@lisalucier

Hello, @ghmcgran – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you have been around the block a bit with various selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825.

Have you had experience taking venlafaxine (Effexor) and tapering off of it? If so, how did that go?

Jump to this post

no,sorry I read that wrong,I have anxiety and depression but I take Paxil

REPLY
@secretwhitepop

Hi there… did you slowly ween yourself off? I was completely med free for 6 months after taking 18 months to ween off the last 37.5 mgs. (You read that correctly. 18 months. A few beads at a time). Even those last few beads, daily, seemed to work and then, when I was totally off I had symptoms of withdrawal. Not so much physical, but mental. Emotional. I literally cried every single day. Now, my father passed away during all this. Don’t ask me why on earth I would even attempt such a feat during this time, but I did. I also moved my family out of state. You could say I was going through major crisis mode.

But, when I couldn’t take it any longer, doc put me back on an SSRI. Turns out, a mood stabilizer was needed, too. I almost think the SSRI and the antipsychotic (scary name, right?) together make up the active ingredients in Effexor! (I’m going to google that now!)

Anyway, during the 6 mo this of no meds, meditation worked quite well for me. There are lots of free you tube videos and I downloaded an app, too. It can’t hurt.

Also, scroll through this forum for some ideas for supplements to take. And/or CBD oil.

Take it easy and I wish you well. Keep taking to us. There will be answers for you. Don’t give up.

Jump to this post

Had the appointment with my doctor and going to start on Prozac again then have that in my system for a bit then my doctor will give me the Effexor XR tablets to use so I can wean off the stuff. I won't be taking Viibryd anymore.

REPLY
@chicago1211

Thank you @secretwhitepop
I’ve started doing meditation. Let’s see if thiswill help organising my thoughts.
They are in complete mess.
I’m just unable to give my thoughts any structure.
This shit scares me, a lot.

Jump to this post

There are many of us in the same boat you are. You’ll get a lot of support on this site. Stay with us we’re here for you!

REPLY
@sears

There are many of us in the same boat you are. You’ll get a lot of support on this site. Stay with us we’re here for you!

Jump to this post

During my phone in appointment with the doctor he asked me what exactly I wanted to do either stay om the Effexor XR or get off of it and I told get off of it so that's when we came up with the Prozac plan or he did. Once I get off of it I never want to use it again!

Liked by texasduchess, sears

REPLY
@suzy31

During my phone in appointment with the doctor he asked me what exactly I wanted to do either stay om the Effexor XR or get off of it and I told get off of it so that's when we came up with the Prozac plan or he did. Once I get off of it I never want to use it again!

Jump to this post

Good luck. Worked for me.

Liked by texasduchess, sears

REPLY
@jjzabler45

no,sorry I read that wrong,I have anxiety and depression but I take Paxil

Jump to this post

Hi, @jjzabler45 – if you check out the Connect Depression & Anxiety group, you may find numerous discussions on these topics that might interest you https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/depression-anxiety/

REPLY
Please login or register to post a reply.