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

I’d been taking the supplements for about six months prior to the Effexor tapering and I’ll be tapering off some of those supplements now that I’m off the Effexor. In another post, a user was concerned about the amount of B6 I am taking. My doctor increased the B6 from 25mg 2x daily to 100mg 2x daily as a short term increase. Since I will continue to take the L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan to help with dopamine and serotonin production, my level of B6 will be reduced back to the 25mg 2x daily.

I hope the protocol I used will be of benefit to you. I worked with my doctor the whole time and I’d encourage you to do the same. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so it’s important to be working with a professional while tapering off a medication like Effexor. Best of luck!

Nov 12, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I just finished getting off Effexor. My last 37.5 mg dose was four days ago. I posted a few weeks ago about a number of supplements and vitamins I was taking that helped me get off the drug after taking 375mg for 12 years. I’ve seen similar posts from others that say taking omega-3 oil has been extremely helpful for them. I’ve also heard that others have found success taking a low dose SSRI like Prozac for a month until the Effexor is out of their system. Is your doctor aware that you have been tapering your dose? Most doctors are well aware of the difficulties people have coming off SNRIs and have treatment plans available that detail how to reduce the medication gradually. You also may need to be ramping up on a different medication if you are having issues with the Effexor.

Nov 2, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

My bad test results a month ago indicated that my liver was suffering damage from medication and was triggering autoimmune hepatitis. I’ve been reducing my medications ever since. I take a series of supplements and vitamins to help me get off the 375mg Effexor XR I’ve been taking for 12 years. I would recommend that anyone following this protocol take the supplements and vitamins for a month before trying to reduce your Effexor; also, make sure you are doing so under a doctor’s supervision in case there are any reactions to the supplements. Lastly, this protocol has helped me avoid any physical symptoms of withdrawal. It is important to be aware of emotional symptoms when coming off antidepressants. If you start having intense emotional symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

I have been reducing my Effexor by 75mg every 4-5days. It has always been beneficial for me to split my dose throughout the day. In other words, if I am taking 300mg, I take 150mg morning and night to keep the dose steady throughout the day. Now that I am taking 37.5mg, I am taking the dose only in the morning. I have only a few more days at 37.5mg before I come off the drug completely. I am also following the Paleo diet (recommended by my doctor for the autoimmune hepatitis) and exercise with cardio and weight training 4-5 times per week.

This is my daily medication protocol as of today:
Morning (taken first thing in the morning without food)
1 cap Vitamin D3 1000 UI
1 cap L-Tyrosine 750mg (to boost dopamine production in the brain)
2 cap probiotics (I take Dr. Tobias Deep Immune Probiotics, 4.4 billion)
1 cap Vitamin B6 100mg (to assist the L-Tyrosine)
1 cap Effexor 37.5mg

Night (taken at least one hour before bedtime)
1 cap L-Tryptophan 500mg (to boost serotonin production in the brain)
2 cap Omega 3 Fish Oil (I take Dr. Tobias Omega 3 2000mg Fish Oil w/ 1400mg Omega 3s – 800mg EPA, 600mg DHA)
2 cap Choline/Inositol 500mg/500mg (more a supplement for my Paleo diet, but I wanted to include it here as well)
1 cap Viatmin B6 100mg (to assist the L-Tryptophan)
1 cap multivitamin (I take Centrum Woman as it contains iodine for healthy thyroid support)

To assist with any anxiety, I have a prescription for 25mg Seroquel to use on an as-needed basis. I have only been needing the Seroquel rarely but when I do take it, I take it right before bedtime. I purchased all the supplements and vitamins from Amazon as they had the best selection and fastest shipping. I hope this information is helpful. I came up with this list through research into reducing Effexor and looking at supplements that can help boost neurotransmitters in the brain. If there are any questions about this series of supplements that I am taking, please message me or reply and let me know. Thanks.

Nov 1, 2017 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m a 45 year old woman who has taken 375mg Effexor for 12 years. I have been tapering off Effexor for the past three weeks in response to some blood test results that show I have to stop taking the drug. I’ve gotten down to 37.5mg in three weeks with no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. If this is still an active thread, I’d be happy to share the protocol I’ve been following. If there is a desire out there to learn the details (dosages, brands), leave a reply and I’ll post more. Thanks!