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Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @medfree17,
Sadly you will still have to taper off, even after only one week of taking them. They are strong and get into your system that fast. I have been reading studies on it as I was wanting to get off but my doctor won't let me, so was going to try and put info together to make my case but all I have done is made my self realise that I am not ready to go of them just yet. I have been on them for 7.5 years.
They are also for anxiety and probably why you were given a low dose, as that would be enough to treat it. I am taking it for anxiety as well as major depression disorder. For the first time in 7 years, i actually have started feeling happy again and that's why I wanted off but I realised that's the worse thing to do.

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@stringly wow, how did it go for sleep, did it help? I remember my first few days, i had so much trouble tying to sleep. I now take mine in the morning as if it in the afternoon or evening, i can't fall asleep.

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@jakedduck1 , Efexor is not a benzodiazepine, it is an SNRI anti depressant, which works differently to a benzodiazepine antidepressant.

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

One of my withdrawls is being on edge and its take one person to set me off, either into uncontrollable crying or get super angry, which is not me at all. Does anyone else experience the anger with drawl?

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@dianrib

Efexor doesn't actually give you a feeling of being addicted, as it works different to addictive drugs and its not classed as an addictive medication.

Addictive drugs such as opiods and cocaine give you a craving for the drug and it actual controls your mind, which keeps you being addicted. You get the same withdrawls but withdrawls arent what class a drug addictive. It's the craving and mind control, that classes it as addictive.

Efexor you don't have the cravings but the withdrawal symptoms are that bad, you have to taper off them. Once you off them completely, you dont get the craving and constant fighting with you own mind, to try stop yourself going back on the drug.

Where as with addictive drugs, tapering off with the craving and mind control is almost impossible but can be done. They have things like methadone to help them., which stops the cravings and any withdrawl symptoms.

Sorry for long post.

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@charleyxx thanks for that info. Glad there is a way to get help to get off it. I wanted to try the methadone addict program but its not the same as opioid addiction, they said it won't work for Efexor.

Jul 17, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@medfree17 Where do you get CBD oil from as I have heard it works amazing but I cant find it.