Hi- how long did you take this medication? I was on 150 mg from January 22 until April 13. I told my psych nurse practitioner that I wanted off this crap. She said okay but we agreed to start lexapro . So she told me to taper week 1 to 75mg Effexor (sr) and 10mg Lexapro – next week do 75 mg and 20 3rd/4th week so 37.5 and 20mg. My therapist told me no! This is too fast! So I’ve tapered 112.5 and 10 first 10’days- second ten days 75 and 10- this past weeks she had me go up and down between 75 and 37.5 and stay at 10 Lexapro. Today is the final week to 2 weeks of the low dose taper for me.
I have never been on anti depressants like these . I had a nervous breakdown in January after being on Xanax and ambien for 5 was weak. Ending up checking my self into tha psych hospital only to be cold turkey off those meds( I was glad) and then doped up on gabapentin and Effexor.’I got off the gabapentin in 28 days and then started the Effexor taper 5 days later. I have tmjd and now Eustachian tube issues(due to tmjd) – I want off the Effexor so bad! No one understands how hard this stuff is to get off of except my therapist. What would happen if I just stopped the Effexor at 37.5 and let the Lexapro take over? I’ve been doing this for almost 26! Days now.