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Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine)

Posted by @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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@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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@tennessegirl
Hey that's great. I am thrilled for you. Smiling as ever, Bright Wings

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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Louisa I have been on Effexor for about 2 years. The side affects I have experienced are as if my brain becomes detached from my skull..goes in a roller coaster and hits a concrete wall. Over and over. I've cut my dosage and am only taking enough to stop this while holding onto the bed sometimes. It's only been 5 days and I already feel so my much better. I cannot tell you when it will peak or how long it will last. I've read it can take as long as 9 months. But everyone is different and I am also taking Xanax for panic attacks and anxiety. Mine are pills so I am halving and quartering. I'm assuming you are on timed release and removing 10 beads @ a time from your capsules. Maybe you should only take 8 beads and slow your titration down if it's inhibiting your ability to function. But since you've been taking it for so long I fear it will not happen in a weekend. There are lots if knowledgeable folks on here. See what other comments you get! And remember we are all here for you OK? I hope I helped a little.

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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@medfree17
When you say you are constantly taking your CBD oil, how much are you taking? I take 3 drops 3 times a day under my tongue.
Are you coming off the med cold turkey or cutting the doses? If you are quiting cold turkey??? I am asking with alarm! I kind of did a cold turkey way and it was dangerous. Read, read and read some more. I am with you, take care, Bright Wings

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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I don't have much advice but understand what you're going through. I posted for the first time yesterday because these withdrawals are a nightmare. Everybody definitely experiences the process differently and struggles unfortunately. I would definitely let your doctor know. From everything I've read from other's experience although it sucks the symptoms will ultimately not hurt you long term. Not much help I know lol. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone.

@dianrib

I now believe that Effexor , Xanax etc can be ' insidious No one warns us of the effects of trying to get off these very ' profitable' drugs . Big pharma makes them' addictive' so insures a steady cash flow…

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Definitely. I feel like Pfizer owns my brain.

@amelia42

Hi everybody. I'm happy to have found this forum. I'm also weaning off Effexor and I heard the horror stories about the process. I was feeling pretty confident when I went from 300mg to 225mg to 150mg. I have been doing this under my doctor's care and was surprised how easy it has been. Until now. I'm now at the 75mg mark and it has been horrendous. The third day in I started to feel a lot of vertigo, weird brain zaps and lack of coordination. It got so uncomfortable I started taking 150mg again for a couple days. I wanted to try it again so have stuck out the 75mg for about 2 weeks. I thought I had the flu last week when I started having a nauseous "car sick" feeling that kept me pretty home bound. This feeling has only gotten worse over the last week. Horrible headaches, diarrhea, I feel like I'm in slow motion if that makes sense. I feel edgy like I want to jump out of my own skin. It's extremely unsettling and quite honestly, I'm scared. I feel like I may lose control. I'm not sure how to describe it properly, almost like I'm fearful the withdrawals will get so bad it will overcome me. I'm near tears writing this because I really must get off this med since it's been 15 years and doctors have told me this is basically ineffective in mood disorders (bipolar 2).

I did call the doctor today who was not in. Hoping to hear tomorrow. Anyone have any wisdom on a time frame or coping methods to get through this?

I'm curious why such a drastic shift from the 150mg to 75mg. Has anyone alternated 150mg and 75mg for awhile? I'm willing to push through this if there's hope here. I don't want to have to take this med the rest of my life just to avoid the withdrawals.

Anyone successfully off completely that can send a bit of motivation my way? This is horrible. Not sure if I can pull this off. I'm trying!

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@imfu
Excellent answer. I can see you have been reading. Hurrah. Smiling at you, Bright Wings

@amelia42

Hi everybody. I'm happy to have found this forum. I'm also weaning off Effexor and I heard the horror stories about the process. I was feeling pretty confident when I went from 300mg to 225mg to 150mg. I have been doing this under my doctor's care and was surprised how easy it has been. Until now. I'm now at the 75mg mark and it has been horrendous. The third day in I started to feel a lot of vertigo, weird brain zaps and lack of coordination. It got so uncomfortable I started taking 150mg again for a couple days. I wanted to try it again so have stuck out the 75mg for about 2 weeks. I thought I had the flu last week when I started having a nauseous "car sick" feeling that kept me pretty home bound. This feeling has only gotten worse over the last week. Horrible headaches, diarrhea, I feel like I'm in slow motion if that makes sense. I feel edgy like I want to jump out of my own skin. It's extremely unsettling and quite honestly, I'm scared. I feel like I may lose control. I'm not sure how to describe it properly, almost like I'm fearful the withdrawals will get so bad it will overcome me. I'm near tears writing this because I really must get off this med since it's been 15 years and doctors have told me this is basically ineffective in mood disorders (bipolar 2).

I did call the doctor today who was not in. Hoping to hear tomorrow. Anyone have any wisdom on a time frame or coping methods to get through this?

I'm curious why such a drastic shift from the 150mg to 75mg. Has anyone alternated 150mg and 75mg for awhile? I'm willing to push through this if there's hope here. I don't want to have to take this med the rest of my life just to avoid the withdrawals.

Anyone successfully off completely that can send a bit of motivation my way? This is horrible. Not sure if I can pull this off. I'm trying!

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@kecrim10mi
Wow good for you. Sounds like your body is doing great getting off this med. How are you handling the rushes of emotion? Smiling at you, Bright Wings

@karhvp

I have reduced from 150mg to 75 mg about 6-7 weeks ago and are still having withdrawals. My Nurse Practioner wants me to be withdrawal free before reducing to 37.5 mg.
I read that it takes 2-4 weeks to get through the symptoms. Has anyone else had symptoms this long? Sometimes I feel very confused and can’t concentrate.

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@indri500
I am familiar with what you are talking about. The body twitching etc. I was taking a potassium tablet when that happened. I know someone else who uses magnesium for that. Not sure of the dosage of magnesium.
Also, head for the bathtub. Your choice, Epson salts or bubble bath. Both will relax you. However, wait an hour after getting out of tub to hit the sack. Its our bodies process to have to take time to recuperate after a hot bath or shower.
Wishing you well, Bright Wings

@karhvp

I have reduced from 150mg to 75 mg about 6-7 weeks ago and are still having withdrawals. My Nurse Practioner wants me to be withdrawal free before reducing to 37.5 mg.
I read that it takes 2-4 weeks to get through the symptoms. Has anyone else had symptoms this long? Sometimes I feel very confused and can’t concentrate.

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@indri500
This is just a hunch, are you in Indianapolis?
Anyways, check at vape shops, both near you or across a border near you. I myself use the Flippin Hippee in Mountain home, AR. Google them. Ask questions. Listen! These are wonderful folks. They like me cuz I make them laugh.
So what is everyone doing to handle the rushes of emotion? Keep going, keep going, if you can't get over the mountain, go around it. It may take a little longer but I used to take 3 steps forward and slide back 2. When going around the mountain you don't lose as much ground if you start sliding. Anyway, this has taken me all the way to end my depression. Good luck and I am sending determination to go with that luck. Bright Wings

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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@tennesseegirl
You rock girl, just my humble opinion…bright wings flying at last

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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@amelia42, how kind of you to support others when you are going thru it yourself. My hat is off to you. How are you handling the anxiety or rushes of emotions? I had to say out loud…self regulating…then look up…don't drop that chin. It has to do with what chemicals are being dumped into your brain…IF YOU FEEL LOUSY DO NOT LAY DOWN OR if you are laying down, GET UP. Again it affects what chemicals are released.
Other times, there is nothing to do but say, and this too shall pass…
Cuz some days are like that. Hang in there, we are all with you. Bright Wings

@amberpep

Hi …. I've been taking Effexor for about 2 years now, and I'm usually very conscientious about taking all my meds. daily. Well, last Saturday I ran out, and because of the date of the month, I had only $1.00. I have not had any since last Saturday. Today was the first day I noticed anything at all ….. I felt dizzy and didn't feel I should be driving anywhere. My dear daughter went and picked them up for me, so about an hour ago I took one. I'm wondering why I didn't notice anything sooner ….. I sure expected to.
abby

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@amberpep
Our bodies are all different. I suspect you are on the extended XR caps. That lasts a lot longer in your system than the pills. I often forgot to take XR caps with out symptoms.
What are your plans? Are you going to keep taking it or get off? Keep coming back, bright wings

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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After reading SO many comments I'm going to buy CBD oil tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion. Here's to hope!

@sawiety

I wanted to pop into this community for personal support and to help others that are tapering off of effexor xr or venelafaxine.

I follow a strict Paleo diet and have eliminated or reversed 5 chronic, autoimmune diseases. Effexor is my final (12th) drug to get off of. It’s been a 3 year process and I’m thrilled to report I no longer have ulcerative colitis, ADHD, eczema, hypothyroidism and anxiety/depression. Most of the medications were easy to eliminate, but effexor has taken more planning and self care.

Last July (2017), I decided it was time to begin the tapering process. I was only taking 75 mg., but knew from the experience of accidentally skipping a dose, that I should not follow my doctor’s orders of getting off it in one month. After all, I had been taking it for nearly 18 years! So instead, I began by taking 10 beads out of the capsule.

I did ok, but it was a rough start. Thankfully it was summer and I didn’t need to be near my fifth grade students. I continued with the taper and got to 37.5 mg and settled there for a few months while preparing for my son’s wedding.

Since January 2018, I’ve been decreasing the dose by about 2 beads every other week. For the most part, this has been manageable, but I’ve had days where I’ve felt nauseated, dizzy and agitated. I’ve needed to be so careful in my job as 10 year olds do not deserve to be treated unfairly. So, that’s a big reason why I’ve taken this slowly.

Now it’s the following summer and just last week I went from 15 beads to 10 beads. I had a fairly good week until day 6, which was yesterday. I experienced hot flashes (not typical on a Paleo diet despite my age ~ 53 years), apathy, fatigue and the occasional brain zap. Today I do not want to function, but I don’t feel depressed or anxious ~ just unmotivated.

I’m slightly nervous about these last 10 beads. I intend to drop to 5 beads in 6 days, and then down to two and hopefully in a month, I’ll call it quits. But, I’m nervous about the final dose. The few dreadful experiences I’ve encountered are enough to make me nervous about the whole thing.

Anyhow, this endeavor will have taken me a solid year. But I feel the slow tapering was worth it for me. I am such a sensitive person and I don’t handle physical symptoms well. I know that my diet (no grains, sugar, pasteurized dairy, starches or legumes), has been a positive in all this and has probably made this transition easier than for some people. Nonetheless, my brain wants to be off this junk.

Definitely Omega 3 fats and high quality fish oil have proven to be helpful. These are part of my diet anyhow, so just upping the dose has proven beneficial. Hoping to rely on this during the final stretch.

I’ll write again when I totally get off it. Each time I dropped a few beads, my brain reminded me it was time for the next dose. Unsure what will happen when I eliminate it entirely. Would love any advice that anyone is willing to share.

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@tennesseegirl
Oh my gosh, your dad And husband? My gosh, the same thing happened to me. I am so sorry!!!
Long story short, my mom died 6 weeks after I was given a prophecy I would be the mother of the world…I looked up at God and scoffed. I said out loud, while looking up at God, I have an 81 year old mother with Alzheimer's disease, I am not going anywhere God! I have a 75 year old husband who is healthy, I am not going anywhere. (This probably sounds like an extreme answer but remember, I had already gone on a trip around the world with my mom for 3 1/2 months. I knew what happens when prophecies are given.
Long story short again, my mom passed away 6 weeks later. Dec 14…on 1/11/11 I completely integrated all the rest of my personalities. (My mom was my greatest abuser). THEN 6 weeks after that, my beloved husband fell and died in 8 1/2 hours.
Now I know God did not cause any of that to happen.
When I heard later in the year, I should go be a missionary in Africa, my answer was, "I'm going God!". Lol I did too. 6 months in Kenya
Forgive me for getting distracted with my story. How are you handling the grief? Concerned, bright wings

@medfree17

So I ended up making the decision to come of the Venafalaxine! Best decision ever! I have been constantly taking my CBD oil and I have never felt better! I have not taking any meds for 2 whole days and this is the first time in over a year! I am feeling fantastic right now because of it! I highly recommend trying! To everyone struggling stay strong and don’t let anxiety get the best of you. Be open about it even if people don’t understand. It has been the best form of therapy for me plus the CBD oil ❤️

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@amelia42
CBD oil is more than hope, it works!

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