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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@lynnardgirl

How do I know if it’s withdrawal that I seem to be having or need to get back on my meds! Scared don’t want to get back on Effexor taking CBD oil and helps so much! During morning hrs and late into the afternoon I have like a hyperactive unsettled feeling! Goes away late afternoon but driving me crazy

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Hi, @bekah2017 — What we'd recommend is using the private message function on this site, as it is a secure, private option.

Are you in the process of weaning off venlafaxine (Effexor), @bekah2017?

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I've been on Lexupro for 13 years,just changed to zoloft 8 weeks ago,all so took lexutan for 5 days and after week 8 I feel all over the place,lexutan I took last week,I don't no if have withdrawals from that or my other lexupro,feeling.dizzy tyed on another planet,I feel really lost don't no who I am,could it be lexutan ?

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@football4343

I've been on Lexupro for 13 years,just changed to zoloft 8 weeks ago,all so took lexutan for 5 days and after week 8 I feel all over the place,lexutan I took last week,I don't no if have withdrawals from that or my other lexupro,feeling.dizzy tyed on another planet,I feel really lost don't no who I am,could it be lexutan ?

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Lexutan

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I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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@football4343

I've been on Lexupro for 13 years,just changed to zoloft 8 weeks ago,all so took lexutan for 5 days and after week 8 I feel all over the place,lexutan I took last week,I don't no if have withdrawals from that or my other lexupro,feeling.dizzy tyed on another planet,I feel really lost don't no who I am,could it be lexutan ?

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Sound like your having really bad withdrawals! Don’t stop until you talk with your doctor

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@football4343

I've been on Lexupro for 13 years,just changed to zoloft 8 weeks ago,all so took lexutan for 5 days and after week 8 I feel all over the place,lexutan I took last week,I don't no if have withdrawals from that or my other lexupro,feeling.dizzy tyed on another planet,I feel really lost don't no who I am,could it be lexutan ?

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@football4343

I am a Volunteer Mentor with Mayo Connect. How are you feeling? Have you talked with your physician about how you're feeling? I recommend that you call 911 to go to the hospital.

I will appreciate your replying to this post.

Thanks, Gail, Volunteer Mentor

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@football4343

I've been on Lexupro for 13 years,just changed to zoloft 8 weeks ago,all so took lexutan for 5 days and after week 8 I feel all over the place,lexutan I took last week,I don't no if have withdrawals from that or my other lexupro,feeling.dizzy tyed on another planet,I feel really lost don't no who I am,could it be lexutan ?

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Hi @football4343
Checking in to see how you are doing. I agree with Gail and Lynn that you contact a medical professional, either your doctor or 911.
Please let us know how you are when you get a chance.

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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I think I am at the tail end of the withdrawal. Now with only occasional dizzy spells, nausea or nightmares. Starting to feel like myself again but emotional a lot yet. That’s different than “my” depression. Regardless, I’ve made sure anyone I care about refuse to EVER take Effexor and state they are allergic to it. This needs removed from the shelves and is detrimental to the health of Americans. BAN EFFEXOR.

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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Hi, @fussellp — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I think you will find quite a few members have had experiences like yours with getting very ill when coming off of venlafaxine (Effexor), like @mkmenge, @lukekee, @lager09. .

Sounds like @nancy3756 is almost off of the venlafaxine at this point, and @carmel0corn @nanke99 @efexnot have completed their tapers, to the best of my knowledge.

Hoping these members who have experienced difficult side effects when tapering and/or who have completed their tapering processes may have some input on how to ease the symptoms. @gailb may also have some thoughts.

What side effects are the most bothersome to you right now, @fussellp?

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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@fussellp – Hello! I am day 3 post-venlafaxine (but who is counting, right!!? 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing and I am so sorry that you are going through this. I am not only an ex-venlafaxine-user, but also a prescriber. Mea culpa for prescribing venlafaxine for hot flashes, too. The literature (scientific studies) are very positive about using venlafaxine for this purpose, and I remember feeling excited for having found an alternative to hormone therapy for hot flashes and perimenopausal symptoms. It is true, as you have noted that venlafaxine does work in this regard, HOWEVER, and this is a really big HOWEVER, venlafaxine therapy does have its consequences that I personally know about all too well. In the future, I will rarely prescribe it for this purpose anymore, and now only after very carefully screening the patient and after thoroughly educating them on the consequences. I am uniquely qualified to provide this education now…

With respect to easing the symptoms of withdrawal, I posted some proposed pharamacotherapeutic options you may wish to discuss with your prescriber – that post is currently on page 39 [someone please tell me how to make those cool short Mayo links…] (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment-redirect/100402) The options I mention come with their own consequences, so be very careful. For non-pharmaceutical relief, I encourage you to talk sincerely with loved ones about what you are going through, and try to stay very busy with positive activities. e.g. I am currently distracting myself by building and caring for a garden, The best thing for this, I think is simply time. Every day is another day closer to your goal.

Hang in there, and thanks again so much for sharing!

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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Hi, @efexnot — thanks for this helpful info for @fussellp.

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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Hi @lisalucier, ohhhhhh! I figured out what I was trying to do – it is actually billy.com that generates the sexy https://mayocl.in/blahblah style links. I would delete this post, but unfortunately, my only option is to 'edit' it. So… I'll leave it at that. Thanks so much for your help.

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I've been taking Effexor for about 6 years and I want to get off. Where can I buy CBD oil and also how much should I take?

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@fussellp

I am just wondering if anyone has had success from getting off Venlafaxine ER- I was prescribed this to help with hot flashes 5 – 6 months ago. It worked great and then one weekend I forgot to bring my pills with me out of town and it made me so sick. I decided I would rather have hot flashes than to take something that makes me so sick. This has been such a terrible experience. I slowly lowered the dose and 2 days ago stopped taking it completely. I seriously am so ill. Any suggestions of how to ease the symptoms?

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No worries, @efexnot. I would add that you do have the option of editing your Connect posts for 30 minutes after you write them. So, if you ever feel the need to do that, you can.

Your suggestion for venlafaxine (Effexor) withdrawal of talking sincerely with loved ones about what you are going through (especially if you feel confident they'll be understanding) is a good one. A challenging withdrawal without people pulling for you and looking out for you would indeed be much harder.

Guessing you set up some sort of support system for yourself, or just alerted a couple people close to you, when you started your withdrawal? If so, how did that go?

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Hi everyone. I have followed these posts a lot and am horrified at what you have all gone through withdrawing from effexor and other pharmaceuticals. The question has occurred to me though, if you have a condition that some of these were prescribed for, why do you want to get off of them? I know very little about all of this but I am close to someone who is on bupropion,citalopram, and lamogitrine. He was on effexor at some point but not for long, he got off of it quite rapidly. If these drugs are helping why do people want to discontinue them? If there is a real problem with them then I would want to encourage him to taper off. I know he feels he needs them though.
Please excuse my ignorance, I just care about this person a lot and am concerned, and also very confused.
Thanks.
JK

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