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Apr 12, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @efexnot. I hope hope hope you are doing this along with a psych doctor's help or with a psych nurse as I have found near me who understood that when I said I wanted off, I meant I wanted off. As of the past few days I have still been having symptoms from the drug Effexor/lVenlafaxine time release withdrawal. I was physically sick this weekend. My husband and I planned a trip to an outdoor museum. I thought I was ok and then the nausea hit me…..I needed shade and water and then just needed air conditioning and finally went home. I have been off of the drug completely for going on three weeks now and still having symptoms. I was at 37.5 mg for a year. This is a bad drug all the way around. I have been healthy and athletic and active all of my life. This drug withdrawal has me on the sofa for long periods because of the withdrawal creating lethargy. The stomach and indigestion, acid problems and digestive problems are immense and I have NEVER had stomach problems in my life. They only occurred during tapering down of this drug and during the taper to o mg of Effexor. There are many accounts of people ending up in the ER withdrawing from this drug. It is not like ANY other drug nor should it EVER be compared to any. I have found this website helpful. http://www.theroadback.org I do not use their supplements. I am taking others although the site has a good list of the withdrawal symptoms of Effexor. It also dissects the "theory of venlafaxine's "half life" as well as the other components of venlafaxine which have different "half lifes" and different chemical withdrawal in a human body including the long term effects. I hope you are feeling better.

Apr 6, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hope vertigo goes away soon @vaivelo …..I have still experienced vertigo recently after almost two weeks completely off – not as bad though. It is a lighter form.

Apr 6, 2018 · Mental Health Equals No Medical Help in Mental Health

Hi @parus. I feel like finding a great PCP, Mental Health Professional, obgyn, or any doctor takes much time and energy, especially if you are not feeling well to begin with…..I have switched out doctors more than once……it is a process as in interviewing and it is important. The patient IS in control of who we choose as a doctor. We are doing the interview. This is our LIFE & Wellbeing. There are reviews. There are local people to talk to in every town and city that can refer good doctors, dentists and the like. Friends and family members can be good resources as well. Consultations with new doctors are not usually free but worth it for me…This is my Life.
There are lots and lots of holistic doctors out there which I have also received some good recommendations from regarding supplements and healthier living. I have recently moved to a new state so immediately I began looking for a doctor, dentist, etc. After 1.5 years I have found a wonderful and reasonable dentist. He is the third one I visited. I found a great doctor's group. They are of multinational countries as well as US citizens. I had one other doctor prior this group who I did not care for. I found a professional female psych nurse (she is a medical psychiatric nurse & is well studied in the effects of the medications she prescribes or does not prescribe). She knew and understood my wanting to get off of antidepressants and helped me taper completely off of the antidepressants. I like her because she is female. I only choose female docs….just my choice…they know our bodies better than a male would…..just my opinion….but also just makes sense to me being female.
I will continue to do research to protect my body and also to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. I do not care for going to doctors all of the time…….still I want the best in place for me in case I need to visit them for any reason.

Apr 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I am sooooo sorry to hear about you….my heart goes out to you and I COMPLETELY understand. I hope the taper was not too large of a jump @poisonivy15. If you are feeling it was, you can discuss this with your doctors again and reevaluate choices. Yes sounds like you are in the throws of your last taper down. Yes noises sound louder and I actually heard some voices or like someone was calling me from another room a few times. Others have said this as well. The dizzy vertigo thing is the worst…..one time I got it when I was hiking in high mountains after missing a dose…..scary. I watched a lot of dark documentaries for awhile for some reason. Then I switched to building cabin type shows and nature documentaries….anything except the news. I ate lots of sweets and candy….my body craved all of it….and fast food etc. Thanks for the thank you. Now that I am feeling better and almost all of the way through it….I just want to make sure I show up for others. I think popsicles and ice cream helped a lot…..lots of cold things and anything that makes you feel comfortable… take care. I'll keep checking back.

Apr 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@sadiesmom1 thank you so much for your story here….. you are a very brave human being. I commend you for sharing your story.
Much love to you. You are helping people more than you will ever know. Unfortunately, I do not believe that the doctors have ANY idea of the withdrawal effects of these hardcore designed chemical legal prescribed drugs such as Venlafaxine. If they did, true caring doctors would not prescribe them to their patients. The drug pharmaceutical companies selling the products to them may or may not be aware of the indications. Plenty of people/patients are coming forth worldwide about their own withdrawal symptoms surrounding this drug. There are also concerns about repercussions from long term and short term usage of the Venlafaxine/Effexor drug. A psych nurse I found to help me do the taper off of Venlafaxine/Effexor admitted to me she does not prescribe the chemical drug to any of her patients anymore because of the horrible withdrawals and less mentioned studies regarding repercussions on the body from ingesting this and other man-made chemical drugs. I have a question. If there are so many designed chemical drugs and antidepressants on the market that help people, would it be that difficult for the pharmaceutical companies to design withdrawal medications? There are people who claim they have become suicidal and/or homicidal at times on these medications and withdrawing from some of these medications. I am so glad you are in awareness of the situation. Yes very very very slowly with the tapering otherwise it will jolt your entire being physically and mentally and make you a total nonfunctioning wreck. I was so afraid to go through another taper down with Effexor I stayed on the 37.5mg dosage for about a full year because I knew from my previous tapers that another tapering down period of withdrawal could again affect my life, my career, my marriage, my physical and emotional wellbeing, other's wellbeing around me….Each time I would put in my script at the drug store, that small dosage was not available for a week. I kinda got a chuckle out of that. It told me that not many people take that small of a dose of Venlafaxine. I am truly thankful that this website and others have set up forums for us to speak safely and directly about our concerns for ourselves and for others who have true and factual experience with this. These places will hopefully help another human being to journey through it a little more gently knowing that there are others who have beat it and that it is indeed possible to withdraw and recover successfully.

Apr 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I agree with you. Just my opinion also….there are PCP s out there, one of them was mine….who let me know at one point he thought it would be a good idea to go up from a 150 mg dose of Venlafaxine per day to a 300+ mg dose per day. I believe I actually tried it for a couple of days…..did he take Venlafaxine ever? Doubtful. That was when I started doing a little research.

Yes and that Welbutrin…..I recall calling the pharmacist on a Saturday because I was having full blown anxiety where I could not function after starting it….I remember the script for welbutrin from my PCP said you should start feeling better within one week so I kept ingesting my prescribed dose for 4 to 5 days until that day I called the pharmacist and HE instructed me TO STOP TAKING IT IMMEDIATELY.

Apr 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

It is not just the physical withdrawal that is horrible. It is also the mental and emotional part of it. The withdrawal of this drug messed with my head and brought me to dark places more than once and tried to keep me there……mostly it was taking place at the beginning of each taper down. I began to question my mental state a few times and obsess about my life. It was very negative. On top of this, I became agitated and aggressive. Everything was making me so angry….the smallest things and things that do not even matter in life were irritating me. I was angry at my husband a lot. At times, there was nothing he could do to make me happy and I was mean sometimes and I am not a mean person!! I was angry at the world. Driving and dealing with traffic and the public even at the grocery store was difficult. I became agitated at everything. I cried often and questioned my thinking, I kept pushing through each day no matter what symptoms I was having believing that I could get through it. Everything that you read that everyone is dealing with this drug is spot on for me so do not discount any of it. Take the best physical care of yourself that you can. Try to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible physically and emotionally, whatever that means to you. I ate a lot of ice cream and starchy and sugary foods throughout the tapering. I didn't want to move off of the couch. I did not want to go outside often. My husband was a saint. He just loved me through it. I was overwhelmed with fear to reach out on a website such as this going through it but I kept reading and reading. Now I do not have those unrealistic fears. There is always hope. There is so much information online now and groups and threads like this are here to help. I am glad you are in awareness of the situation.

Apr 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

The one's I did try all seemed to help for awhile….Zoloft was the first….I found I needed more & more of it over the years in order to feel ok…..I also lost my sense of humor while on Zoloft & felt sort of zombi ish often while taking it….I believe next I went to Lexapro & stayed on that one for several years……lots of weight gain, but maneageable mental health through the trauma I was dealing with throughout so many years.
And just to reiterate, after sharing my own experiences and asking lot's of people many questions, I did learn that some people were taking welbutrin and it worked for them in whatever capacity it was perscribed to them. The reaction I personally had with welbutrin was quite intense and included overwhelming anxiety for several days from my personal experience. One more experience I have not had is being prescribed different psych medicines together and having the psych doc try different mixtures of this or that medication. Each time I was prescribed a new antidepressant, I stuck with just that medication alone. I did began taking ativan in 2003 to manage anxiety and anger I was having and continued taking that once or twice a day as directed by doc through 2012 when I decided to stop that med after experiencing withdrawal symptoms after skipping days of it.