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Mar 28, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I am by no means an expert but I too had issues with feeling scared and anxious when I went to bed. Not sure if they were panic attacks for me but I have always loved to sleep in total darkness but was scared not to have some kind of light on. It made me feel like there was something there in the darkness. Freaky feeling when I started weaning off Effexor. I didn't know it was caused by the Effexor but after reading what everyone else is going through I now know it was.

If I were you I would go back to the lowest dose that didn't make me feel so bad and didn't cause the panic attacks and start weaning a lot slower from there. A lot slower.

You will get lots of good information on this site. They helped me tremendously! Good luck and don't give up! You will get there.

One more thing, I was also taking Effexor for my menopause symptoms but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it didn't work for me after a couple months and by that time I had researched the drug enough to know I didn't want to go to a higher dose so then started weaning off it. I was only on it for a few months and it took me a couple months to get off it successfully so you need to go a lot slower and be patient, I think! Also, the doctor I was seeing didn't even think I needed to wean off it since I was only taking 75 mg so that tells you they don't always know what is best for each individual.

Mar 26, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

So glad it’s helping you but I too would love to know how you got started on GF diet and how you are sticking with it. I have r as a little about it but just seems like it would be hard to stick with it especially if one is already feeling down.

Mar 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I totally agree about the weaning. I only took Effexor for around 3 month @ 75 mg.

When I knew it wasn’t going to help me I wanted to just stop but the side effects made me change my mind and I started weaning myself.

I can’t imagine just stopping cold turkey after 20 years on it. That sounds dangerous.

You definitely need to talk to your doctor but regardless of what he/she says you will feel much better if you go off it gradually.

I know it’s frustrating to have to take the time to wean off it but it will be to your benefit to do so and may prevent you from going to hospital from your withdrawal symptoms.

Good luck and remember there are many other people going through what you are on this forum that will do their best to help you.

Jan 31, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have gotten desperate so I went to a gyno who put me on Prempro which made my moods way worse so actually got into see MY regular gyno who put me on Premarin and permetrium and I started those last night. I am praying that they will help me. I feel like crawling in a hole and not coming back out till I am through menopause but the problem with that is I am never comfortable in my own skin even when I am laying down by myself. I just have no quality of life right now and it sucks. All this on top of going off the Effexor is just almost too much.

A friend told me I need to ask for an anti-depressant and I told her going off one of those has created part of what I am going through now. I really don’t want to be on anything else that is this hard to get off of. I really don’t know what else I can do and quite frankly I don’t have the energy to do much. At this rate, I will not being a very good grandmother and I hate that so bad. I have always looked forward to be a grandmother (an active, happy, fun granny) but that isn’t what’s happening and my grand daughter will be here in less than a month.

I just want to feel good again; not great; just good if that makes any sense.

Jan 31, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Everything you have written sounds just like me. I am sitting at work right now just waiting till I can go home and lay down. I have zero interest in anything. Sex is a thing of the past, unfortunately for my husband. I am about to be a grandmother and want to be excited, I really do, but I feel I am a disappointment to my daughter because I just can’t seem to be all gaga over baby stuff. I try to fake it as much as I can but I am miserable. Also, going through menopause so this is a double whammy for me. God, I just pray I get through this soon.
Weird thing is I was only on 75 mg for 3 months so I just can’t see how it can still be from the Effexor but everything I read on here sounds just like me. I tapered myself for about 2 weeks then just quit and it has been a month since I just quit. How long till it is over? I am so tired I can barely sit here and type this. Also, my taste is so off; nothing tastes right.

I hope you can find a way to taper because I don’t think going cold turkey is safe for your body or mind.

Jan 28, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks and I just did and unbelievably loss of taste is a rare side effect of my HRT. Who would have thought.
I’m calling my doctor tomorrow

Jan 28, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have been completely off Effexor for over 3 weeks but also started an HRT at same time so I’m not sure what is causing all my issues but the latest one is that I’ve lost my sense of taste. Everything taste awful and I know I need to lose weight but this is not the way I wanted to do it.

Jan 20, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I work everyday (did take the 3rd day off after completely stopping Effexor due to migraine).
It has definitely effected my image at work. When I was going through the emotional upheavals I was treated poorly by my immediate boss and was very emotional about. He is a **** and likes to use his so call power so I didn’t react well but that only lasted a couple days and I just told everyone and o mean everyone, including him, that I was going through menopause and it was causing me to be that way.

I’m past that now and thank god I am. That was absolutely horrible.