After taking Venlafaxine for 8 years( up to 350mgs per day) I am now in the process of weaning from it. With the help of an amazing acupuncture practitioner I am down to 100mg every second day and will soon be reducing this. I also have some amazing friends who are available should I need them. I have been on and off of antidepressants for 50 years but have never felt as supported as I do now. To those who also walk this path I wish you well for now and your future.