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Tue, Oct 1 12:13pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I understand…I just posted what worked for me. Maybe it’s time to find a new doctor who will be more willing to work with her. I was fortunate that my former doctor moved his practice so far away that my husband and went with a new primary care doctor who’s younger, an internist and most proactive in working with the patient as a team member to create a plan that’s best for them.

Mon, Sep 30 10:16pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

If you can taper successfully down to a daily 37.50mg tab of Effexor (generic form is Venlafaxine) without any noticeable side effects, then you could try cutting the tabs in quarters with an exacto knife blade and take 3/4 tab for two weeks, then taper to 1/2 for two weeks, and continue until you have gotten down to 1/4 tab for a couple of weeks. I followed this plan and I made it successfully without any major side effects in my final tapering off. Good luck in finding the slow taper that works for you!

Wed, Jul 24 3:48pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

One of the news items you may have missed today is that the FCC JUST SLAPPED FB with a $5B fine for Privacy violations, USA TODAY news.

I only use FB to keep up with friends and family all over the US. Supposedly FB must update and adopt new privacy, security measures. You’re correct…it can be depressing when you see mainly happy news from those posting on FB. But to me the blatant lies posted by bipartisan political advocates are the worst. It isn’t so hard to discern what is true and what isn’t. Sadly, so many aren’t happy unless they are constantly ranting and roiling over something they can’t control.

Mon, Jul 15 6:34pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Exactly what withdrawal symptoms are you having? If it’s dizziness or nausea, have you cut out sugar and caffeine?

Wed, May 22 8:00pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks, Jake! I’ll be following your invaluable advice for certain!

Wed, May 22 3:57pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Upon research, I’ve discovered there are compounding pharmacies that will offer tapered doses that will take out the guesswork of weaning off this high powered medicine. Walgreens Pharmacy does not compound, but I have found other pharmacies in Ft. Lauderdale that do. I’ll be checking these out over the next few days.

Wed, May 22 3:39pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Excellent advice. In my 6th week of tapering off my daily dosage of 75 mg Venlafaxine (Effexor), I found that I felt relatively fine until my brain told me on day 4 of week 5 that it wasn’t tolerating my taking only every other day of 37.50mg.
After joining this forum a week ago on the day I felt so out of it with brain fog and dizziness, I added 37.50 back on a daily basis again, and I’m feeling more human. Yesterday, I even felt great all day! However this afternoon, I again began to feel only slightly dizzy and out of sorts about the time I was to head out to an appt, but I decided it best to reschedule it to be on the safe side when driving. DO NOT drive when you are having side effects that cloud your alertness.
I’m fortunate to be recently retired and have the luxury of staying in at home, or sleeping in while tapering off this powerful drug. I plan to take 37.50mg daily for another month before tapering off 5-10% each subsequent month. I’ll discuss the slower tapering with my primary care doctor (internist) tomorrow to “enlighten her” on what I’ve discovered in my 6 week journey.
The support on this forum is heartwarming and most appreciated. It is evident we are all gaining a healthy, enjoyable life sans Venlafaxine. It should be taken off the market ASAP. In my opinion, there are enough less gripping drugs out there to help manage anxiety and depression for those who genuinely need to take it to balance their brain chemistries. Best wishes to all who press on! We’ll get there! 🐦

Wed, May 15 2:03am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

What dosage were you on when you started tapering off, and what dosing schedule did you use, Sandi? I’d be interested to know your timeframe for tapering off Venlafaxine. Thank you!