Tips on minimizing 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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@ercoled57

I'm only on Effexor XR.

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I was one 150 mg for 33 years. Effexor XR

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@brightwings

I am am Elder in my tribe in Missouri. My name is the Sacred Crystal Grandmother.
I teach healing.
Go to the rock shop or google hematite.
It is a black rock.
Look for a necklace or large piece.
It pulls bad negative energy out of you and removes bad feelings you can’t remove any other way.
When the crystals feel heavy, clear the energy out of them
By smudging or laying on another bigger crystal. Or pile of crystals.
I wore a necklace for 6 days, I HAD to take it off at day 6.
It felt like it weighed 5 pounds.
Now I have many pieces.
Another thing this crystal does is create a zone around you. People entering the zone treat you nicer!!!
How cool is that???
Enjoy, Bright Wings

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Call or go into the health food store and ask questions, share symptoms. Ask for products.
Trust your gut!!!

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@ercoled57

My blood pressure is elevated and has been since I started taking it. In the past the doctor's didn't believe there was a correlation but there is. My new doctor who does understand the correlation between Effexor and blood pressure truly believes that if I go off this medication I can probably go off my blood pressure medication as well. I was put on antidepressants due to post partum depression almost 24 years ago. In the past these medications were over prescribed. Also I have read a lot of studies that state that these medications work best in the short term while people are getting the other help they need (counseling, exercise, etc). Additionally I work in health care and see so many people who are over medicated. I don't want to be one if I can help it.

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I’m a person with typically low BP and mine got elevated, too, while on Effexor. Definite correlation. Also weight gain.

I’ve been taking zoloft and Seroquel for a couple months now and, BP and weight haven’t changed. This is a good thing!

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@kbmayo

Curious as to what anti-anxiety and anti-depression meds you're on. I've had to go back on, too, and while it's ok, it isn't great. However, it took some experimentation to get to this point, so I'm reluctant to ask to try anything else. And c'est la vie?? Indeed — for me, too!

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I’m on the lowest dose of Zoloft in the morning and the lowest dose of Seroquel at night. It’s been working out great. Doc is convinced I am bipolar. Effexor worked fine for me for about 20 years, but I’m 51 and have had hormonal changes I thought would allow me to go back to being med free… no such luck.

But, little side effects on the meds I’m now taking. Which is great.

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@ercoled57

I would like to do it by smaller increments however the EFFEXOR XR are in capsule form and the smallest capsule size is 37.5 mg. The doctors won't order the regular Effexor since I've been on Effexor XR for so long. They said that switching from one to the other can be as difficult as tapering down.

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If you can taper successfully down to a daily 37.50mg tab of Effexor (generic form is Venlafaxine) without any noticeable side effects, then you could try cutting the tabs in quarters with an exacto knife blade and take 3/4 tab for two weeks, then taper to 1/2 for two weeks, and continue until you have gotten down to 1/4 tab for a couple of weeks. I followed this plan and I made it successfully without any major side effects in my final tapering off. Good luck in finding the slow taper that works for you!

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@sheffieldsmith

If you can taper successfully down to a daily 37.50mg tab of Effexor (generic form is Venlafaxine) without any noticeable side effects, then you could try cutting the tabs in quarters with an exacto knife blade and take 3/4 tab for two weeks, then taper to 1/2 for two weeks, and continue until you have gotten down to 1/4 tab for a couple of weeks. I followed this plan and I made it successfully without any major side effects in my final tapering off. Good luck in finding the slow taper that works for you!

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@sheffieldsmith
She is taking a capsule and her doc won’t prescribe tablets.
Jake

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@aungsinkyar

@aungsinkyar
Welcome to Connect.
Hi there,
Are you taking Effexor? Are you trying to discontinue it?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@sheffieldsmith
She is taking a capsule and her doc won’t prescribe tablets.
Jake

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I understand…I just posted what worked for me. Maybe it’s time to find a new doctor who will be more willing to work with her. I was fortunate that my former doctor moved his practice so far away that my husband and went with a new primary care doctor who’s younger, an internist and most proactive in working with the patient as a team member to create a plan that’s best for them.

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@sandij

I've stopped taking high blood pressure meds since I stopped the effexor, because my BP issue resolved when off the effexor.

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That is great! MY BP has been up since on this so now that I am off hope it will go down

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@bookkie

That is great! MY BP has been up since on this so now that I am off hope it will go down

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Hi, @bookkie – does your doctor plan to measure your blood pressure at some point in the future to see how it may be different once you are off the venlafaxine (Effexor)? How are you feeling with continuing your taper?

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