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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@lisa0878

Why would you ask him to not council someone???? This is a chat room for people trying to get as much info as possible about the side effects of effexor

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Thank you Lisa. FYI I’m a her.😀

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Are u using a tincture or capsules of Lazarus CBD

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I make my own CBD, THC.
RECIPE
2 tsp ground weed
2 tsp vodka, (I use american honey myself)
6 Tbsp Organic coconut oil
6 Tbsp Organic Olive oil.
Mix all together in a blender or food processor for 2 minutes.
Store in a glass jar with lid.
Keep in refrigerator in summer, counter is ok the rest of the year.
I take 1 tsp 3 times a day.
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Start with 1/2 tsp and when you start of feel things bothering you in your body, take another dose.

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@brightwings

I make my own CBD, THC.
RECIPE
2 tsp ground weed
2 tsp vodka, (I use american honey myself)
6 Tbsp Organic coconut oil
6 Tbsp Organic Olive oil.
Mix all together in a blender or food processor for 2 minutes.
Store in a glass jar with lid.
Keep in refrigerator in summer, counter is ok the rest of the year.
I take 1 tsp 3 times a day.
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Start with 1/2 tsp and when you start of feel things bothering you in your body, take another dose.

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I also have Multiple Sclerosis so I use what I use, but probably more than you will need.
Bright Wings

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@careth2

Hi there! I am new to Connect, but hopefully can offer some insight. I DID go off 150 Effexor XR (name brand) COLD TURKEY on January 2016. I survived it, but will never in my life EVER go off ANY antidepressant cold turkey. I had taken Effexor for at least 8 years, Zoloft prior to that and and Imipramine (sp?) as the first antidepressant (in all 25+ years on antidepressants.) It all started with running out of meds over a long weekend and deciding it was time to try to get off antidepressants to see how I would do. Since I had recently retired from teaching, thought this would be an ideal time to give it a go. In addition, Effexor just wasn’t helping all that much anymore (I thought.) The first 3 days I felt like I was going to die! When I realized that I wasn’t dying, decided to keep going to get it all over with. In addition to the symptoms you have heard about, I had deep bone/joint pain that felt like I was being pinched with clamps. Also had skin sensations and peeling, and noticed a strange smell on my skin. Each day got a little better and by the 3rd week started to function a bit more normally. I was very emotional, however, which caused my family great concern. Well, to make a long story short, the depression crept back in full and I am still trying to get my life back. I did everything I could to stay stable, including herbal supplements and took a vacation where I hiked 6 miles daily for 9 days on hilly, rocky terrain. I finally had to accept that I’m a person who will need antidepressants for the rest of my life. With the help of a PCP and counselor, I am on my 3rd antidepressant & may need to resort to going back on Effexor, because nothing seems to be working. All in all, in my opinion, the chronic depression is worse than the withdrawal symptoms that do eventually end. If you are a person with situational depression, you may be successful weaning off Effexor gradually. If I were to do it again, that’s what I would do (while replacing Effexor with something else.) Here are the things that helped me with the physical withdrawal symptoms:
1. Get plenty of sleep/rest.
2. Eat a very well-balanced diet (this is not the time to worry about your weight.) Lots of soup & easy to digest foods the 1st few days.
3. Drink plenty of water, including coconut water.
4. Have a glass of wine in the evening (if advisable.)
5. Get outside and walk or other excersize (the warm sunshine will feel good!)
6. Hot yoga 3-4 times per week. Stay in class even if you feel nauseous & can only do a few postures.
7. Soak in a hot tub (with bath salts if available.)
8. Use a good moisturizer on face & body several times per day.
9. Get several professional massages.
10. Take Tylenol for muscle pain, if OK on your stomach.
11. A heating pad is also helpful at bedtime or during naps.
12. If you are single & live alone, make sure a few trusted friends/family members know what you are doing.
13. In general, be kind & gentle to yourself.
14. NEVER give up! Keep going, even when you don’t feel like it (which will be often.) YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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Hi Careth2 – I realize that we went through similar experiences while withdrawing from Effexor. Unfortunately, I am also realizing that the anti-depressant that I am using as a replacement is not working at all – Trintellix. Can you tell me if you, in the meantime, found an anti-depressant that is working for you and if it yes, can you please tell me the name of it? I sure hope you are doing fine now!

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@anneka

Hi Careth2 – I realize that we went through similar experiences while withdrawing from Effexor. Unfortunately, I am also realizing that the anti-depressant that I am using as a replacement is not working at all – Trintellix. Can you tell me if you, in the meantime, found an anti-depressant that is working for you and if it yes, can you please tell me the name of it? I sure hope you are doing fine now!

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Hi there! Because of the way these drugs work with the brain, it may take several weeks to start to take effect. While you wait, do your utmost to eat as healthy as you can, get adequate and regular sleep and exercise. Be your best self even if you have to force yourself. This way you’re helping your body help itself. Please don’t take this as being flip. Anxiety and depression are very very real. And, apart from coming to terms with dealing WITH the mental illness, I also had to come to terms with HAVING a mental illness.

The good news is that both issues become much smaller when the brain is working at its best. Hopefully.

Turns out that, after successfully weening off Effexor, I just couldn’t be myself because of the anxiety and depression. Lucky for me I have a great doc (nurse practitioner, actually) and was able to find relief from taking a combo of seroquel at night and zoloft in the morning.

Everyone is different.

Did you find Effexor effective for you?

-S

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While I was getting off the effexor, I used some tricks I will share.
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Actually this works for anyone, at any time.
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When we smile, even if we do not feel like smiling, we give ourselves a dose of Endorphins. They are the feel good chemical that is natural in our brains.
To give yourself a dose, or many doses, head for a mirror.
Stand in front of it and SMILE!
Then smile again and again at yourself. Try all your smiles, I used to get into playing at this. Because EACH TIME you smile, you are giving yourself natural doses of feel good juice already in our bodies.
This works, if you work it.
It's a way of tricking your body to tell you you feel good.
I can not tell you how many times I have done this, years now…
It works. Everytime…
Wishing you well and smiling at you, Bright Wings

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Dear Brightwings, what a great idea. Even though I'm hurting a lot and have depression and anxiety, I'm going to start smiling more. Thank you!

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@lilypaws
Great, because this really works…..if you use it.
.
It takes an action to feel better!
.
For anxiety, CBD, CBD,CBD…..
.
Another feel good tip, find an animal you can touch, a kitten, puppy or any touchable animal. Give it the touch you need.
I used to head to the pet store, pretending I was going to buy a pet.
Then I would subject myself to puppy kisses and belly rubbings a plenty.
Cuz when we give happiness, we recieve happiness.
SMILING Because smiling HELPS me and you!
Bright Wings

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@secretwhitepop

Hi there! Because of the way these drugs work with the brain, it may take several weeks to start to take effect. While you wait, do your utmost to eat as healthy as you can, get adequate and regular sleep and exercise. Be your best self even if you have to force yourself. This way you’re helping your body help itself. Please don’t take this as being flip. Anxiety and depression are very very real. And, apart from coming to terms with dealing WITH the mental illness, I also had to come to terms with HAVING a mental illness.

The good news is that both issues become much smaller when the brain is working at its best. Hopefully.

Turns out that, after successfully weening off Effexor, I just couldn’t be myself because of the anxiety and depression. Lucky for me I have a great doc (nurse practitioner, actually) and was able to find relief from taking a combo of seroquel at night and zoloft in the morning.

Everyone is different.

Did you find Effexor effective for you?

-S

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In reply to @anneka Hi I have found Lexapro as the best antidepressant for me. Klonopon works fine too. I also take Lamictal, which is for seizures, but it is also a mood stablizer. I'm still pretty anxious because I hurt a lot and waiting for my surgery to be scheduled at Mayo and it's a big one. Take care and I hope this helps.

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@lilypaws

Dear Brightwings, what a great idea. Even though I'm hurting a lot and have depression and anxiety, I'm going to start smiling more. Thank you!

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@lilypaws
Another tip
SING
SING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS.
You will recieve huge amounts of endorphin dumps.
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Fake it till you make it gets you a long way.
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Bubble baths, blowing bubbles,
GO FLY A KITE .
JUMP ROPE
Skip to the next house and back.
Do what you gave you happiness as a kid.
Go play tea party.
Watch kids movies.
Get the picture?
Bright Wings, smiling at you because I care

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@brightwings

@lilypaws
Great, because this really works…..if you use it.
.
It takes an action to feel better!
.
For anxiety, CBD, CBD,CBD…..
.
Another feel good tip, find an animal you can touch, a kitten, puppy or any touchable animal. Give it the touch you need.
I used to head to the pet store, pretending I was going to buy a pet.
Then I would subject myself to puppy kisses and belly rubbings a plenty.
Cuz when we give happiness, we recieve happiness.
SMILING Because smiling HELPS me and you!
Bright Wings

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Unfortunately CBD does not work for everyone.

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