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Sat, Aug 10 2:49pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@babydoll
Failure doesn't come into it; how you respond (or don't) to a medication isn't a character flaw. Antidepressants are VERY powerful and are DESIGNED to mess with your head–of course, it's going to take some time and real effort to get off them and YES, sometimes, you find out you do need to be on them.

@sandij has a good point about ping-ponging on/off other ADs over a short period of time although I certainly understand how awful the anxiety and agitation/restlessness can be–I wanted mine to stop NOW. I did not use Prozac, but was prescribed Valium to take as needed and started taking a LOT of supplements. You can click on my name and go back and read my posts.

I was on 25mg Effexor for 18 years for hot flashes. It's only NOW–16 months after my last tapered dose–that I feel NORMAL. AND that's with me still taking supplements (L-tryptophan, GABA, ashwaganda, fish oil and L-methylfolate). I haven't been posting here for a couple of weeks because feeling normal has been so STARTLING that I keep waiting for "the other shoe to drop." My husband asked if I was going to discontinue one set of supplements because I'm doing so well–honestly, I'm afraid to mess with success right now! (Although I probably will after a few more weeks of normalcy as taking all this stuff is not cheap.)

Sat, Jul 27 1:30am · Transforming stigma to acceptance: Meet @jakedduck1 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Glad to see you up close and personal as The Spotlight! I certainly have benefited from your posts to "Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine)." Thank you for a year and a half of support!

Wondered about the jakedduck name myself. Now I'm dying to know who the first one was if you had to add "1" to yours.

Ever tried Elmer's Dark Chocolates? Some years back, I found some at either CVS, or Eckerds during one of the holiday periods. Really good if you're a dark chocolate fan. I haven't seen any myself for years now.

Mon, Jul 22 10:09pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@sandij
Well, happy birthday to you (early)!

I think thoughts going to the "dark side" is part of Effexor withdrawal; my husband has noticed that I tend to go all "doom and gloom" since quitting Effexor. It's been 13 months since my withdrawal began and I still do this, just not as much/as long.

Re the Prozac, don't be discouraged if one pill doesn't do the job–I read it may take two, or more doses. One source said you may need to take a second 20mg dose of Prozac; another said you take 10–20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) for a short period (weeks, a month) until your WD symptoms resolve, then taper off the Prozac over 2–3 weeks.

Mon, Jul 22 9:02pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@brightwings
I am so impressed by your willingness to put yourself out there (going to a family reunion very likely to have toxic relatives to possibly deal with and taking a cool shaman class to become a healer). Sorry to hear that your MS is acting up and some doors to the not so great past opening. Anne is a very good friend; you are so lucky to have her and her healing abilities. Can't wait to hear how your classes go.

Mon, Jul 22 8:10pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@grandmar
I live in the DFW Metroplex–should be plenty of medical expertise here. Yet, despite using Compass and Best Doctors and asking my oncologist (who prescribed the Effexor), friends and pharmacists for any type of doctor familiar with Effexor withdrawal–I only came across one who had some experience, but she was a fill-in at CareNow and her practice is about 1.5 hrs away. As @jakedduck1 says, "If there is an expert on getting off Effexor, they are hiding very well."

Mon, Jul 22 7:59pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@jakedduck1
I think @brightwings misread the post by @grandmar saying, "Happy Sunday!" My birthday's in April … so y'all are either late, or very early! But thank you! I can tell you I remember watching the moon landing with the rest of the family.

Mon, Jul 22 7:51pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@brightwings
Thanks for the birthday wishes! (P.S. I'm an Aries; my birthday is in April.)

Sun, Jul 21 1:02pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@daver
Compounding pharmacists can make tailored dosages for medications. You need a prescription and this service can be pricey and may not be covered by insurance. A commenter on another site who was getting off Ativan used Johnson Compounding and Wellness in Waltham, MA.

Since 2014, a Dutch medical charity, called Cinderella Therapeutics, together with Maastricht University creates personalized "tapering kits,” with precisely weighed out tablets in labelled packets that gradually reduce over several months. There are tapering kits for 24 different medications so far. Most of these were for people in the Netherlands, but a few kits have been sent to other countries.

https://www.cinderella-tx.org/en/

http://www.taperingstrip.org/