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Mon, Jun 8 9:57am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have completely tapered off Effexor ER, the last 37.5 in 1/4 increments over the course of a couple weeks. It was not difficult for me (thank God). I'm still recovering, however, including dealing with 40+ pounds I had gained! The big challenge will be the actual depression that precipitated me taking Effexor to begin with. I usually feel pretty good, although I'm a bit off today after biking 20+ miles yesterday. I might have over did it, maybe, perhaps. I do like to bite off more than I can chew, for sure. A bit of an excitement addiction. I guess. I need to be very careful to keep things simple, choose my friends wisely, set up boundaries, meditate so I'm not ruminating or obsessing.

Tue, May 19 1:12pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I tapered off the last 37.5 over the course of a few weeks. You all are going to say "don't do that!" And, I'm like, "I feel fine!" One thing that happens when I'm on anti-depressants is I can drink alcohol and not get drunk or have hangovers. I'm still experiencing that… (I know, don't drink, working on it, again). I might be off Effexor, but my brain is not back to normal, as others have expressed on this list. I think it can take months for that to happen, which is super scary. The last time I went off an anti-depressant (Paxil) I relapsed horribly. But, I had big stressors at that time. My friend, a counselor and academic wellness center director, says find another med you can tolerate with fewer side effects, now, before you relapse again. My psychiatrist, a resident at a regional hospital, doesn't necessarily recommend that but went through some options with me. None sounded great. I wish I never, ever got on the stuff. I think when you're hit with depression you need to bow out of life and recover, like having TB before antibiotics. These drugs are just making it worse. Argh.

Wed, May 6 3:30pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’ve been at 37 mg for several months and I’ve started to go to 18.5 mg (1/2). When I cut back I immediately feel better and I know I’m ready to continue dosing down when the bad side effects take hold. I’m hoping that when I get to 0 the side effects never come back! Or the depression. I need to loose weight. Big time. I’ve never been so heavy. I’ve gained at least 40 pounds in the past year. Boggles my mind.

Sat, Feb 29 9:23am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Highly recommend meditation! Totally centers me. When anxiety ruled my life I wish I had this tool.

Thu, Feb 27 6:42am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you. How much did the testing cost? Was it covered? 🤭

Tue, Feb 25 6:59am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m still down to 37.5. I’ve never had a brain zap, by the way. I wonder why. Curious some get them and others don’t. Anyways I’m working on the mood side of life trying to understand why I’m depressed to begin with. It’s a slog. I want results and a clear path! So American of me. I hate the zombie thing though. I wonder if I could switch to something less zombie like without upsetting the apple cart. I usually have a very hard time taking new antidepressants. Nasty stuff. Or get down to a smaller dose. I’ll ask the doc how to split 37.5 in half without all of those tiny beads. I imagine it’ll be switching to regular Effexor and getting those little tablets.

Tue, Feb 25 6:49am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Curious, where do you live? You don’t go to a psyche ward in New York unless you’re… deeply psychotic and a danger to man kind. It’s nice to read about someone who goes to a hospital to get effective treatment.