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Thu, Oct 3 7:54pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

After my 6 months of zero meds, my anxiety and depression came back. I took Lexapro and didn’t even last a week. I had the worst anxiety ever. It was horrible. But in my situation, my doc put me on Seroquel at night, which is a “mood stabilizer”. From what I’ve read, it’s akin to lithium… yes, for bipolar. Then she (my doc) added zoloft during the day.

I’m doing very well on this “cocktail”… but not perfect. Still having very down days and not 100% yet. Still on the lowest dose of both, however.

I kind of think I am bipolar (denial much?) because I’m so… boring. I used to get so loaded and full of energy and ideas…

I wonder how I can suddenly be bipolar at 51 years old?

Life is weird.

Mon, Sep 30 9:24pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m on the lowest dose of Zoloft in the morning and the lowest dose of Seroquel at night. It’s been working out great. Doc is convinced I am bipolar. Effexor worked fine for me for about 20 years, but I’m 51 and have had hormonal changes I thought would allow me to go back to being med free… no such luck.

But, little side effects on the meds I’m now taking. Which is great.

Mon, Sep 30 9:19pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m a person with typically low BP and mine got elevated, too, while on Effexor. Definite correlation. Also weight gain.

I’ve been taking zoloft and Seroquel for a couple months now and, BP and weight haven’t changed. This is a good thing!

Mon, Sep 30 5:10pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Just curious, are you weening off for a particular reason? Only reason I ask is because it IS rough and I thought I could handle it because lots of things in my life have changed for the better and I thought I could handle it. And I did for about 6 months… but I guess I’m one of those folks who truly need meds to feel “like myself”. (And I’ll eventually come to terms with that – i’m Old school!)

Mon, Sep 30 5:02pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

What some folks do (me included) is to open up the capsules and take out five or so little beads for a month. Then 10, etc etc. when you get to about half the beads go ahead and get a smaller RX. Then open those caps up. Took me 18 months to ween off 37.5. Remember, as the dosage gets smaller, take out fewer beads at a clip. (Because percentage-wise, it’s a lot more at the smaller doses). But know this, you will be ok. I am weened off completely.

That being said, however, I am back on an anti anxiety and anti depression med. wish I didn’t need to, but c’est la vie.

Mon, Sep 30 4:55pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Taper slower. Don’t be a hero 🙂 if you want to stay at 112.5, stay for at least a month. This is some serious stuff and the withdrawal can be horrific.

Sun, Sep 29 8:34am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Wow, I had no idea Effexor was being prescribed for hot flashes until I got on this forum. How irresponsible! I question everything now! We’re you even plagued by depression or anxiety? The drug truly works for depression and anxiety, but not for everyone. I am grateful my psychiatrist was hesitant to prescribe it for me.

Ween slower if you can. I weened off fine and had very minimal side effects except for the anxiety and depression returning. So, I’m back on meds for those ailments and they are working. (It’s zoloft’s lowest dose and seroquel’s lowest dose).

Go easy on yourself. That’s the main thing. And try and enjoy all that life brings.

Take care and go slow!

Mon, Sep 2 8:02pm · Positive Experiences with Effexor in Depression & Anxiety

75 sounds kind of high to start with. Folks eventually take a lot more, but it's definitely something that should been weened on. I had a psychiatrist prescribe it to me. During that same time period, I had a GP prescribe me depakote. Not sure what that is, but I mentioned it to my psychiatrist and she exclaimed “did you take it???!!! Don’t!” Merely because it wasn’t the appropriate drug for me.

Not trying to scare you because Effexor worked wonders for me! Just be sure it’s the right med for you.

Btw, do you have anxiety and depression or mostly one or the other? I mostly had depression in my thirties and Effexor helped me. Not I’m a ball of anxiety! Seroquel and Zoloft work.

There are lots of anti anxiety and anti depression meds. Don’t get discourage. When they work it’s life changing. And they will.