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Dec 17, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

It has been 8 months since I began reading this thread due to the side effects I was having with Effexor XR. In that time I counted beads and reduced slowly. I would go back to a higher dose if the brain zaps, dizziness, nausea were too bad. I started at 150 mg and finally will be off of it completely as of January. I can handle the minor brain zaps that are worse in the morning for as long as they continue. Just glad to be finally off of this drug. My anxiety is very situational and now that I am no longer working and the stresses of a divorce have lessened, I don't think I will need anything for anxiety. A word of caution though: be sure to read the fine print on medications. I never should have been on this particular medication in the first place since I have glaucoma. Although the glaucoma specialist wanted me off of it as soon as possible, I had to educate him that it would take months after I discovered that lowering the dosage too quickly made me ill. My best to everyone here.

May 21, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

OMG skipping a dose immediately brings on all of the worst side effects for me: dizziness, brain "zaps", louder ringing in my ears, nausea. For me, I have been able to reduce under guidance from my psychiatrist by 20% with only a couple of brain zaps and stay at that for 2 weeks before reducing again. Early days yet, May have to reduce at a slower rate as I go along. Everyone is different. Listen to your body, you shouldn't be miserable while you go through this. Go as slow as you need to. You can do it.

May 1, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@texasduchess
Thank you for the warning about serotonin syndrome which I have about in the fine print somewhere. I'll look it up again. We really Can't leave all of this to the white coated expert, particularly how we react to certain things. I wish now that I had kept track of all of the antidepressants I have been on or tried over the years. I ran out of one over a long weekend and I've never felt such desperation before or since, just could not sit still. Had to pace. The trial and error is so hard on a person.

May 1, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@sandij After the 4th day of cutting my 150mg Effexor by 25% the withdrawal symptoms returned at night with the brain zaps and an anxiety dream but nowhere near as bad as missing a dose. Cut down dose by 20% yesterday and today with no ill effects yet. From other's experiences here I know it will be up and down, day by day. Appreciate the responses!

Apr 28, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@merpreb This is day 3 of cutting my 150mg Effexor dosage back by 25% at my doctor's instructions. I would have bet $$ that I would have withdrawal symptoms because the side effects are so awful if I accidentally skip a dose, but skipping a dose is 100% reduction and so far no problems at all at this initial reduction. I feel geat, no brain zaps at night which always clues me in that I forgot to take it in the morning. It really comes down to how each person reacts to weaning. My reason for starting on Effexor was anxiety so I will be on the lookout for any reemergence; it so often shows up in my dreams first which is kind of interesting. I hope I won't have any problems when I have hip replacement surgery later this year but will make sure all the docs know where I am with the Effexor. You were one of the lucky ones as far as the side effects. None of us knows how we will react until we actually start the process. Appreciate all the info here for sure. Blessings to all.

Apr 27, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks Brightwings. Smiling back. Positivity is in short supply these days. Blessings to you.