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Jan 15, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi Connect. I am new to the site. I have been looking for information on Effexor. I loss a child almost 6 yrs ago & a 2nd almost a year ago. I also loss a parent in between the loss of my 2 children. My Dr. started me on Effexor last summer and I stopped cold turkey the end of October. I started out on 37.5 & within 2 weeks was up to 75mg. The Dr.wanted to increase me to 150, but I stopped because I thought I no longer needed it. My Dr.failed to disclose any side effects. After reading the stories here, I am not sure if what I am currently experiencing are sides effects or something else. I do however realise I am not ready to be antidepressant free. I only had effexor & since stopping my biggest issue has been gastro. By way of this site I know have a name for the other elements… brain zapps, skin pricks the tingling makes sense now, confusion, memory loss and a few others.
I know I have a long road to recovery. How I get out the bed everyday is a mystery. I am raising my 1st deceased child’s children, so I am sure they are my strength.
Can someone tell me more about how effexor related to gastrointestinal complications?