Hello All! I reached out to this group a couple of months ago and got great help and suggestions about getting off Effexor. I want to share an update. I was on Effexor for almost 17 years, low dose at first, then up to 150mg for the last 5-6 years. I tried weaning off several times and the withdrawl symptoms were unmanageable so I gave up. I did get myself down to 75mg. Last week I went to a psychiatrist who, unlike a lot of doctors, was VERY familiar with troubles getting off Effexor. After extensive conversation, he put me on Cymbalta. I did a straight switch to 60mgs of Cymbalta, which he says is much easier to taper from, and completely stopped the Effexor. I am only on day 5 but so far so good! I've had a few symptoms, headache, dizzy, ears ringing, but nothing like what they were before. The Cymbalta balances out the seretonin that my brain craves. Anyway, I'm hopeful for the first time in years. We have a tapering program for Cymbalta, 60mg to 40mg to 20mg then none, and I should be off everything by mid March.
I'll let you all know how it goes!