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Apr 12, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

That is the problem I have as well. My doctor says I need it if I feel bad when I don’t take it but I think they are side effects. Glad to hear CBD oil is working b/c was just think about taking it when I try to wean. Are you still on Effexor at all?

Apr 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

So did any of the ones you tried work for any amount of time?

Apr 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you fior sharing. Wellbutrin was the one I was considering changing to if I thought I still needed something.

Apr 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’ve talked to my doctor about reading about the difficulty and symptoms of this medicine. His feeling if it’s working for someone then they probably need it and it’s working for them. He said he’s had people quit cold turkey and have no problems. But I think some people (like us on this site) have a sensitive system and these are side effects.
I was on 20 mg of Lexapro that didn’t seems to be working for severe anxiety, fear of being alone, crying, panic attacks in the middle of the night, turning all of this into depression and difficultly getting out of the bed. I was so worried about changing medication but knew something had to happen in hopes of feeling better he put me on Xanax morning and night and taking 150mg of Effexor once a day for 2 weeks. After one week I felt so much better. It was a huge turn around for me and I was able to actually think about other things I could do to make changes. I have done CBT and regular therapy. Exercise makes an amazing difference in how I feel. No sugar makes a big difference as well. I think the Xanax helping me sleep initially was huge. If I don’t sleep I am very emotional the day after so now I know that sleep is very important which I didn’t realize before.

So in realizing that this medication definitely helped me in the beginning I’ve been taking it for eight years I would like to go off of it completely or at least reduce the dosage. I didn’t realize this medication is hard on the liver which I guess all medications are but my doctor said he doesn’t worry about this medication and it’s long-term use. I only started having severe anxiety after having children. This is not been a lifelong struggle for me. Only since my 30s.
My struggle is trying to figure out if I should switch to a different medication or just know that this one works and continue taking yet. But I have also had side effects when I do miss it one time I feel like I’m in a bubble. Even though I have made great strides and even though I have made great strides and learned a lot and that’s why feel like I could manage without medication but really wondering if it’s a brain change and I’ll need the medication like any other disorder or disease. No other health conditions at all. Opinions??

Nov 22, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

That’s very encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 19, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

sadiesmom, gosh..bless your soul. I’m not a doctor but when my anxiety and panic attacks were at their highest, .25 did nothing for me! And I’m sensitive to most medicines. I don’t take any med except the Effexor. I take about 6 vitamins along with it. Even though I have been feeling good I would still like to get off the Effexor before it starts causing any issues. I got on this chat as I’ve been thinking about it and now I’m nervous to take the plunge but also glad to know of these symptoms so that it will not freak me out if I have start having some of them. I know how I felt and I couldn’t think or get anything accomplished either. If I got my kids home from school I was doing good. I cried and was very scared A LOT! I was scared to take xanax thinking it would make me feel more sad but when I finally did and it took the edge off I’d wished I had done it earlier. I would take one .25 and didn’t feel any better. My friend who was a nurse said to take another one that at the hospital they don’t give less than .5 in the hospital so I did and was scared since I have am typically so sensitive to meds. My doctor then told me to take the .5 in the morning and the evening but this is when I also started the Effexor. I did me a world of good and I the xanax for 2 weeks 2 times a day and got over my hump and was in a better place. I know it’s addictive and that is why they are so careful about using it but my doctor says I have anxiety disorder and that is what xanax should be used for. I still take it when needed maybe once a month or less but I’m thinking I will have to use it when weaning. This just may be a time you need a little more help for a week or so until you are feeling a little better and able to go exercise and function normally. I WISH YOU THE BEST b/c I know what it’s like to feel like that and it’s awful! Take Care of yourself!