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Jun 22, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I got the worst flu-like symptoms ever..I think the aches and pains were the worst for me.Tylenol and ibuprofen helped some.

Jun 22, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I wanted to add that ginger helped my nausea…i bought candied ginger chunks at Kroger and chewed them for stomach upset. It seemed to help.Ginger tea and ginger ale would probably work as well.

Jun 21, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I have been on 300 mg of effexor approximately 15 years. I'm down to 150 mg in two weeks. As I'm coming off, I am being titrated on to cymbalta 60 mg.I know my bipolar issues require an anti depressant. I'm not willing to go through all that again.I accept that I need meds to function normally.
The first step down, I thought I had the worst flu ever, my sinuses swelled up and I even ran a low fever. But, at the 5th day, I started feeling sooo much better. It was wonderful. What I did to get through it was lots of rest, all the fluids I could tolerate and I ate healthy meals.I used acetaminophen and ibuprofen for the pains. I have not yet had brain zaps. It has been in the mid 90's outside so I stayed in the air conditioning. At times I felt unable to think clearly. I did something really stupid. I already have four dogs and took on a fifth one. So try not to make any big decisions. Now that I can think more clearly, I may be rehoming the 5th dog soon.
Next week I step down 75 mgs so Im prepared and know it will not be pleasant. I plan to do all the self soothing I need to get through it especially guided meditations for healing on youtube. I am going to set up a "care" station next to where I usually sit…otc pain meds, gatorades, dried fruit snacks, etc. I'm very lucky that I have klonopin .5 mg to help with severe anxiety as needed.
I wish you self love and self compassion…be extra good to yourself during this transition.