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May 30, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’ll be 10 days off tomorrow and I feel great! More energy and not having any side effects after those first 5 days. I cry at little things but not in a bad way. It’s normal emotional things that can be cried at. It’s still weird because I ask myself at times if I took my meds but that is becoming less and I’m feeling free of this medicine. I’m so glad I made the decision to stop and never look back. It took me years of weening on my own with no set timetable until I finally felt like I was ready after being at 37.5 mg for a while. I never had anxiety or other issues and the reason I got on this medication was because of things happening in my life at the time.

May 24, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Just an update. My last pill was on Monday (37.5 mg) and I have had a few brain zaps but took a Benadryl based on info I found and it has seemed to work. I’ve been a little grouchy and moody but it is getting better. My zaps have not been bad at all especially when compared to when I went without for a few days on 75mg. If this is the worst of it then I am glad I finally quit taking them.

May 22, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Yeah, I realized that it left my body and all I was doing was stretching out until the symptoms started. I take an XR and they don’t make any other dosage smaller according to my Dr. I am not disciplined enough to count out the beads and honestly just want to be off of it. I have never had anxiety or other issues so it was prescribed just to help my depression. As long as I can manage the brain shivers then I feel I can be off of them 100%.

May 22, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I too am trying to quit. I started 8 years ago when I found out my pregnant wife was having an affair. Yeah, you read that right!! Needless to say, I am remarried and extremely happy with my life. The Dr. at the time didn’t tell me about Effexor and I didn’t ask. I worked my way down over the last few years to where I am taking 37.5mg every other day. I have gone without before for several days back when I was on higher dosage and I felt horrible with the brain shivers and nausea. I’m hoping this will be better since I had reduced so much. I took my last pill 2 days ago and I can tell it’s past time to take it cause my body tells me. I am done with them though. I am going to get through this whether I have the brain shivers or not. My new Dr prescribed me some phenogren and benztropine to help with the withdrawal symptoms but I’m not sure I want to mess with it. I took a 25mg Benadryl just to see if it eases up the brain shivers I can feel coming on.
Good luck to you.

May 22, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I started my attempt at quitting today. I was down to 37.5 mg every other day but didn’t want to have to break the capsules open. I get the brain zaps and that causes me dizziness and a little nausea but I haven’t tried quitting since I was taking a higher dosage. My doc gave me some things to help with the nausea and possibly help the brain zaps. Either way, I am sick of taking them and being stuck so I am doing this no matter what. I am hoping since I had my dosage so low that it won’t be as bad this time around. Do you think the CBD helps with the brain shivers?? That to me is the biggest side effect.