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3 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

It was explained to me that seroquel is a mood stabilizer and then, after a couple weeks, zoloft was added. It definitely helped me tolerate the SSRI without all kinds of anxiety coming over me.

My story is I successfully weened off Effexor (extremely slowly!) and was med free for 6 months. But the depression and anxiety were debilitating and really stressful for my family! So I tried lexapro, but after a week, the anxiety was awful! Lots of crying 🙁

The seroquel with zoloft seems to be working well.

I just upped my zoloft, too.

Here’s the issue though… vertigo and dizziness. (Yes, they are different). I’ve been tested and something is messed up with my left vestibular nerve. I am wondering if this is all related to going off Effexor?

Anyway, to answer your question, seroquel is nice to help sleep but yes, it can help your mood as well.

4 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I agree 100%. I sometimes wish I could go back in time and see what would have happened if I never went on any of that stuff! Still on zoloft and Seroquel. Still am dizzy. I wonder, will I have to be on this stuff for the rest of my life? Will it cause dementia?

4 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

As long as you’re not drinking to excess, I can’t see why that would cause dizziness, but Effexor weening definitely will. Go slow between 75 and 37.5… take care of yourself! I’ll follow your progress.

5 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

There’s definitely something connected between going off Effexor and tinnitus. I developed pulsatile tinnitus as well as phantom smells of cigarette smoke. What’s more, I got vertigo and dizziness (they cal is PPPD) as well. It is not going away. It was suggested I go back on anti anxiety meds (which I have) as well as medicine for bipolar (a mood stabilizer). My mood has definitely improved but, sadly, this dizziness and vertigo and swimy headedness remains. I hope there is some research on Effexor and the vestibular system, because mine is shot.

5 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Oh, something to add that’s simple… drink more water. That’s something I always forget!

5 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Meditation is nice. So is keeping busy and helping others. I work in a middle school and can manage my negative thoughts and feelings while at work pretty easily. I just increased my zoloft, too, and am waiting for it to kick in. I don’t cry as much and am less irritable, but can’t help feeling lost. My dad passed away almost two years ago and I think I’m still very much mourning the loss. I feel so bad because I have a little one who is also sad about losing her pop pop. I kind of want to just get into over drive again. Thanks for listening. I’m not sure what I’m trying to say here…

Fri, Jan 10 5:45am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

You are tapering first the same reason as myself. First and foremost, taper EXTREMELY SLOWLY to be successful. As I’ve written several times over the years I’ve been in the forum, it took me (on purpose) 18 months to taper off the last 37.5 mg capsule. I did this by opening it up and slowly taking out more and more beads. I had zero negative effects of the withdrawal.

All that being said, I am a person who is bipolar. THOSE symptoms came back after 6 months of being completely off Effexor.

BUT, my libido came back and i feel more myself these days despite being back on antidepressants and other meds.

I do t like being on anything – period. But for my family and life, seroquel and zoloft are working for me and I DO like that combo better than Effexor.

Dec 20, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’ve been diagnosed with something called PPPD. And I want to say Mayo Clinic is studying it as well. Unfortunately I’m at work (with kids) and can’t remember what PPPD stands for… but the last work is dizziness.

Vertigo stinks! And anxiety plays a role.