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Dec 24, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I haven’t posted in quite awhile, and my situation may be a little different. My doctor and I wanted me to get off Effexor (37.5mg) which I’ve been taking for two decades. Yes, it’s a lighter dose but I am extremely sensitive to all antidepressants I’ve taken (Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexipro). It was suggested I start taking Wellbutrin (100 mg) along with Effexor, but to take the Effexor every other day. That’s what I did and I was fine. I was on that regimen for two months and decided to go an extra day without Effexor. Yes I had brain zaps but they were tolerable. The problem was I got virtually no sleep when I retired for the night. Back to every other day for another couple of months. Last week (just before X-mas) I did it again , but this time I stretched it out further and as of today, it’s been five days since my last Effexor. Lots of zaps but no negative mood changes and I slept nine hours last night. The Wellbutrin is working so far and I intend to continue taking it, even when I’m off Effexor. Assuming I can at last “defeat” Effexor, I may attempt to eliminate Wellbutrin at some point. All attempts in the past to rid myself of antidepressants have been futile. The goal now is to get Effexor out of my life——-one step at a time.

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

This is an update to my previous post. Notwithstanding the addition of Wellbutrin, my attempt to continue not taking Effexor was met with bad results. Aside from the headache, I spent an entire night without any sleep. I’m in consultation with my doctor, and it’s pretty clear this is going to be a long, very slow process. It’s just like me to think I could find a shortcut. I can’t. At this point, I’ll continue with the Wellbutrin and take Effexor every other day. When that changes, I’ll report it and describe the effect.

Nov 5, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

My doctor and I discussed getting off Effexor after being on it for 20 years. Before that, I had tried Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac. My dosage is light…37.5, but I am very sensitive to it, as has been the case with all antidepressants I’ve tried. Case in point, 5 mg of Paxil put me in the hospital. I’m getting off Effexor with the help of Wellbutrin (doctor prescribed). I’ve continued Effexor with 50mg of Wellbutrin but now take 100mg of Wellbutrin daily and Effexor every other day. I’ve had some of the brain swishiness (zaps) but nothing unbearable. Today is the first day I’ve gone beyond the every other day regimen with Effexor, and the withdrawal symptoms are no worse. My mood is still ok and I’ll see how it goes. If nothing changes today, I’ll try another day tomorrow without Effexor. I’ll continue with the 100 mg of Wellbutrin, which clearly has helped reduce Effexor withdrawal. By the way, sexual dysfunction has also been reduced over the past several days.