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Mon, Jun 8 7:55pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

It’s true, and good that you share this with those who, despite a successful tapering off a l drug, have a false sense of all will be well from now on. It’s a vigilant battle to keep our bodies and minds in tip top coping shape. Thus, the necessary bolstering of supplements, exercise, mindful meditations, and avoiding triggering situations. All the best to you in your personal endeavor!

Mon, Jun 8 12:54pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Good for you! Not many can wean themselves off Effexor that quickly and be able to withstand the withdrawal symptoms. While you may seem to be coping well now without any real side effects, be aware that anxiety and depression can sneak up you for months after weaning off the powerful drug. Your brain and nervous system is adjusting and it takes time, patience, and attention to your body’s nutrition, supplementary needs, exercise regimen, attention to stress triggers and meditation, of course. Keep doing what works for you and come back to refer to specific posts several have shared as to specific supplements that are healing and calming. Wishing you the best in these unsettling times of unrest.

Mon, Jun 1 12:16pm · As promised, my successful tapering off Effexor (Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Your welcome, Ellen. I hope you find the peace you seek from weaning off this addictive drug that carries so many undesirable side effects. Enough is enough.

Sun, May 31 8:44pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, guys, I just posted my successful Tapering and weaning off Effexor (Venlafaxine). I hope it is a helpful guide to SLOW tapering, which has been found to be the most symptom free way to taper. Good luck!

Sun, May 31 8:24pm · As promised, my successful tapering off Effexor (Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Below you will find the tapering plan that I used to successfully wean myself off Effexor (Venlafaxine). Feel free to share this with your doctor If you would like. I researched and came up with this plan, which was approved by my doctor, although she thought I could probably have weaned myself off sooner. But the reality is that we all have differing tolerance levels for tapering and weaning off this powerful drug from our bodies. Some people can taper faster, but usually not those who have been on this drug for years (like myself, since October 2002). I tapered off EffexorXR 150mg capsules about 5 years ago down to 75mg, and was on that maintenance dosage for a couple of years until I started weaning off the 75mg a year ago in April 2019. As of October, 2029, I’ve been withdrawal symptom free, but I still have occasional periods of anxiety when triggered. But I realize these waves of anxiety will soon pass, and I cope by deep breathing, taking a walk, having a cup of chamomile tea, etc. Cutting my exposure to watching upsetting news has really helped a lot as well. These days I seek things that bring joy and peace in such a turbulent world. Wishing you all a successful weaning off this powerful drug.

Weaning off Venlafaxine XR 75mg (Effexor-(extended release)capsules:
Weaning plan off plan that worked for BSS:
1. Inform your doctor you are tapering down from 75 mg Venlafaxine and ask them to prescribe 37.50 tabs to help with tapering doses (1/2 dosage down from 75 mg Venlafaxine capsules). The tabs are easier to cut into halves and quarter dosages than counting out beads from the capsules.
2. Begin your taper only after you are on a non-withdrawal symptomatic dosage level. If you were having w/d symptoms at 75 mg, you’ll need to go back to the level at which you were symptomless and stay there for 2-3 weeks before deceasing to a slow taper. NOTE: after successfully tapering from 150mg Venlafaxine down to 75mg for a month, I was unable to tolerate a drop cold turkey from a daily dosage of 75mg down to 37.50mg (50%) without having bothersome withdrawal symptoms of dizziness, brain fog, brain zaps, and nausea. So after researching various tapering plans, I came up with a slower tapering schedule my body could tolerate to finish the tapering from 75mg to 37.50mg, and then on to complete the tapering. Your body may even need slower tapering, so adjust according.
3. Week 1-2: Take 75mg caps MWFSu; take 37.50mg tab on alternate days Tu,Th, Sa. At the end of week 2, if you only have relatively mild to no withdrawal symptoms, proceed to week 3. IMPORTANT: If you have intolerable symptoms, adjust to a slower tapering schedule by adding an additional 1/2 tab on the alternate days (or take a total of one and a half 37.50 tabs on alternate days). You’ll then have to tweak the rest of your tapering schedule. If all goes well, proceed with week 3.
4. Week 3-4: Cut a few 37.50 tabs in half with a pill cutter or exacto knife blade to create quarter pieces. Take 37.50mg tab on MWFSu and take 3/4 tab on alternate days Tu, Th, Sa.
5. Week 5-6: Take 3/4 of a tab MWFSu, and take 1/2 tab on alternate days Tu, Th, Sa. If only mild symptoms, proceed to week 5.
6. Week 7-8: Take 1/2 tab on MWFSu; and take 1/4 tab on alternate days Tu, Th, Sa. If no symptoms, continue to week 7.
7. Week 9-10: Take 1/4 tab on MWFSu; and take 1/8 tab (cut 1/4 tabs in half) on alternate days Tu, Th, Sa. *Notice the quartering of doses into crumbs now…very important to keep small dosage tapering to remain withdrawal symptom free.
8. Week 11-12: Take 1/8 tab crumb on MWFSu; take none on alternate days Tu, Th, Sa. *If skipping alternate days produces symptoms, stay on 1/8 tab crumbs for a couple of weeks before alternating skip days for a couple of weeks.
You’ll find that this schedule may have to be tweaked for you by extending the time you stay on a taper…possibly up to 3-4 weeks before beginning a new tapering down. It all depends on how you tolerate the first two weeks.

Tue, Apr 21 4:38pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for reiterating that now is not the time to be doing a tapering off antidepressants/anxiety medications. I will be posting the plan that worked for me with very minimal side effects in the near future.. Please read my thread of posts @sheffieldsmith for a sneak preview as you PLAN your countdown to become Venlafaxine (Effexor) free…. ) but please do so only ONCE THIS PANDEMIC IS OVER, as your body and mind can only take so much bombardment of emotions at this time). Also, take the time to read and take notes on the above mentioned contributing members highlighted by our fabulous moderator, Colleen Young. Thank you again for keeping these conversations all tidied up, Colleen!

Sat, Apr 18 6:19pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Love and prayers…maybe you can find some peace today and in the days to come. 🙏❤️🙏