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Jul 14, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@jakedduck1 I’ve been weaning down from 300mg a day. I was taking 150 in the morning and 150 at night. Moved the night dose to early afternoon due to the stimulant in it keeping me awake at night.
My schedule so far:
Morning/afternoon
150/150
150/75
75/75
75/37.5
37.5/37.5
I cut the afternoon dose in half first. Then when I feel I’m ready I cut the morning. Going back and forth. This process has taken me 10 weeks so far.

Jul 13, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@brightwings I had myself at 75mg in the morning and 37.5 in the afternoon. I was doing ok with some noticed anxiety. When I dropped the morning med to 37.5 is when I really noticed the increase in side affects. I did that all last week. The last 2 days I dropped the afternoon dose in half again. I think I’m going to stay like this until I see my new doctor. Once I know he will take me on as a new patient, we can finish up the game plan to transfer to the cymbalta. 2 1/2 months into this and I’m not done yet. I know it seems like this is how everyone has to do it or it doesn’t work out. What I think about now is, what has it done to our brains for the ones who have been on it at least a couple years??

Jul 13, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@dianrib I’ve been telling him for years how I feel. I had to ask for bloodwork because I wanted to rule things out on my own. I had to become my own advocate. He is sickly himself and shouldn’t even be practicing medicine anymore. My last appointment is when I made the final decision to find a new doctor. He gave me a tapering schedule that once I started, I knew wasn’t going to work. He wanted me to taper in 4 steps, I changed it to 8. I’m on step 5 now. This is where the anger and more anxiety have come about. But I’m not giving up! My kids (22 and 17) will just have to deal with it. Sadly they both have issues of their own so I feel bad which in turn makes things worse for all of us. I’m definitely more angry than suicidal so I guess that’s a good thing lol. I’m just so mad that the doctors and drug companies are allowed to do this and make our lives so miserable! Money, money, money!

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

I’m so out of it right now that I don’t know if I’m even posting in the right spot! I was on Effexor 150mg Extended release 2x daily for 4 years along with 200mg 2x daily of lamotrigine. Long story short, since the beginning of May I’m down to 25mg a day of lamotrigine. That’s the easy one. The last week I dropped down to 37.5mg in the morning and 37.5mg around 3pm of the Effexor (not extended release). I can’t stand myself or basically anybody around me! I’m angry, my anxiety hits me off and on all day long, I feel like bugs are crawling on me, headaches, and impulse buying on the internet! The sad thing is, I had my thyroid a year ago and that is still not under control so I’m sleeping most of the day. I’m only up a few hours out of the day and I’m losing it! I’m supposed to start Cymbalta when I’m completely off of the Effexor. For the depression and fibromyalgia. I went to a new doctor because my doctor now just doesn’t give a crap about his patients anymore. I had to take a urine test for the new doc to test for the Percocet that I’m on. He’s very strict. He said it takes 3 weeks for the results so I don’t see him until the 24th. It’s going to be a long 12 days! I feel like calling him and asking him to take me in as soon as he gets the results back to get me on the Cymbalta and be done with the Effexor completely!

Jun 7, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m in the process of tapering off Effexor to be able to go on cymbalta as well. I’ve got a long way to go because I was extremely overmedicated. But from what I can tell, you did not have nearly enough time to wean off of the Effexor. At least 2 weeks for each taper. Then while on the lowest dose, the cymbalta should have been introduced into your system. Then finally weaned off of the Effexor completely. I heard from a lot of people that cymbalta is good. I’m going to be using it as an antidepressant and for my fibromyalgia. If it’s only day 4, I would think about taking the lowest dose of Effexor until the cymbalta kicks in. Maybe 2-3 weeks. It takes a couple weeks for an antidepressant to start working. So right now it’s kind of like taking nothing and going through withdrawals. Good luck!

Jun 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hello all. I just joined the group. I’m trying to wean off of Effexor as well. I have been highly overmedicated on Effexor and lamotrigine for the last 8 years. I just was informed about it a month ago. I’ve been on 150mg xr twice daily! The lamotrigine was being used as a “booster” to the Effexor. I was prescribed 4X the max amount that I should have been on. The lamotrigine wasn’t nearly as hard to cut back on as the Effexor is. My first move was cutting back the 2nd dose to 75mg. I did that for 4 weeks. The vertigo was horrible. Last week I dropped down the morning dose to 75mg. So I’m now on 75mg in the morning and 75mg in the afternoon. This is worse than the first step down. Headaches, confusion, irritability and I’m sooo tired. Too tired to get up and eat. I keep snack bars in my nightstand. From what it looks like from everyone’s comments, I have a long way to go. I need to be off the Effexor before I can start cymbalta. I have a lot of other health problems on top of this mess. Effexor has a stimulant in it. So taking the night dose was keeping me awake until morning. Then I would sleep all day. I feel this drug and my doctors have stolen the last 8+ years of my life. I’m very angry. Does anyone know if there are any lawsuits because of the problems with Effexor?