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Feb 3, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@lisalucier hi, it’s been a long time since my last post. I no longer have serious side effects from weaning off the effexor.

My adult son who is an alcoholic, which situation brought me to start taking antidepressants ie effexor, continues his battles.
I have been doing things for myself to make my life easier, but I would like to find a thread that would help me in my situation. Could you direct me to other pages or links?
Thanks,

Dec 5, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi Lisa, @lisalucier i am sorry to say that the brain zaps and dizziness got to be too much after a short 6 days without any Effexor. When I spoke again with my Primary, he couldn’t offer any medication and referred me to seek the help of a psychiatrist that can do medication management. At first I was upset that he couldn’t help, but then I realize that this may be out of his league. I had to take 12.5 mg just to stop all the brain zaps and make me feel normal. I did not work today, and I needed to function again. I do have an appt tomorrow with behavioral health management services group for an initial consultation. I guess its back to the drawing board for me.

Dec 3, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Today is day 4 without any effexor. Friday symptoms started and Saturday I was all day in bed. I did step out to buy some St. John’s Wort Inositol and 5htp to help with the crying. I was crying all day Saturday. I also drank alot of coconut water which helped keep me hydrated. Today I woke up feeling normal. But only for a short while that the dizziness came back. But I noticed that I had to keep taking the Omega 3 n St John’s Wort on a regular cycle that helped keep symptoms at Bay. I’ll keep everyone posted and in my prayers. I thank God for finding this blog and all the support.

Dec 2, 2017 · Antidepressants & sexual side effects in Depression & Anxiety

@lisalucier it was a long time ago that I took Prozac and Zoloft (taken at different times in my life). I honestly had so much going on that the lack of desire was at the bottom of my worries. So it wasn’t until I was in my forties divorced and Happy that I regained my sex life.

Nov 26, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Just an update… I’ve been on the 25mg a day and have found that the depression is setting back in. It always affects me more during holidays and celebrations of any kind bring on anxiety. I just had to force myself to breathe literally every minute, and at times go and hide. I’d look in the mirror and saw I looked normal. No symptoms visible, so back to life I went. One day at a time. Can’t wait to Monday to call my doctor about putting me on Prozac or something. My heart pounds every afternoon. I do take the multi vitamins Omega 3… But the l-theanine really helps with the anxiety n depression. It helps me within 20_30 minutes, I feel normal.
My last dose of 25 mg is this Wednesday, I’m really dreading and looking forward to Thursday, my first day without effexor… I hope none of the brain zaps come back. Or dizziness etc. Looking forward to not having to take this awful medicine

Nov 17, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@lisalucier and @jimhd I also want to add that I’ve started talking Omega 3 & multivitamin that I’ve heard helps. I also take 200 mg of L-Theanine. Its something I’ve used for years to quiet my mind to help me sleep. It also relieves the anxiety without any side affects. Just thought I’d share that too.

Nov 17, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @lisalucier and @jimhd , I had alot going on with my Mom having emergency surgery at 91, so I have not been able to reply. She’s recovering nicely :).
I did continue to taper off at 37.5 mg for a week until I was back home to talk with my Doctor. After my pleading for my dosage to be reduced further, he put me on 25 mg twice a day for two weeks. I’m in my second week. Then I’m suppose to go to 25 mg a day for a week them stop (if I can). With another follow up appointment on 12/14.
I have not had any of the brain zaps in the last week however, my nightmares do continue, and I’m sleepy all the time. He did say he may refer me to a psychiatrist to help with the tapering off should I continue to have serious side effects. I said I’ll do whatever it takes. The brain zaps, nauseau, vomitting, vertigo was just horrible and I told him I had never had side effects like that. He also recommended I may go on Prozac or Zoloft, which I’ve taken in the past, to help with the depression if it continues.
Honestly, I feel better knowing that soon I’ll be off the Effexor XR. The fear is real. To those that wish to get off, do not give up!
Blessings to everyone.

Oct 20, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @jimhd reading these has helped felling less alone and good that others understand the real symptoms of withdrawal.
I was on 150 mg a day when I found it not helping me anymore. I was in psycho therapy for 15 years… And was doing well, until my situation got physical n mental harmful. So I asked for something to make me think clearly. I felt I could handle going off the effexor but he took me off too suddenly. Doing 75 every other day. So I tried 75 mg a day for a week. Then I was to go every other day. That brings me to yesterday. One day without n and the symptoms came back fearce.
So doctor said to alternate 75 and 37.5 every other day.
I’ll have to see how that goes. But honestly I’m terrified not to take it. I have my job and a grandchild to look after. I can’t afford to be laid up in bed. Thank you for listening.