need some advice on venlafaxine withdrawal please

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heya,im after some advice,My friend takes 1 Venlafaxine 225mg a day,He has been on them for 12 months so far.Hes decided to go “cold Turkey” against his doctors advice.Ive been reading about the withdrawal symptoms and im really worried can anyone tell me the likleyhood of symptoms being severe and what, if anything to minimise the imapct as he is determined to be off them.

i was reading other posts on here about some patients feel the drug has made them worse and by these comments i beleive this couldbe the case for him too.

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    I came off Venlafaxine 7 weeks ago cold turkey. It's not advisable and ur friend should be prepared for feeling awful for a while. Symptoms for me were dizziness, tiredness, nausea, brain zaps (which i still get occasionally) emotional and irritable. I would advise getting omega 3 fish oil tablets as these seem to help the brain zaps, also vitamin b complex tablets. Eat fruit and veg and try to get plenty sleep!
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      thanks for your reply gillybean,i will pass this on,he's only stopped this morning,he's determined to come off  so all advice is gratefully recieved.
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      No problem, that's what this forum is for. I was the same, I was determined to come off so i did, I pretty much slept for the first couple of days then the withdrawal symptoms kicked in. I felt really bad for about 3 weeks, and it's only now, 7 weeks later that I feel much better. Obviously everyones different though so might not be the same for ur friend. Wishing ur friend all the best, and if u have any other questions feel free to ask
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    def dont do cold turkey, i withdrew at 75mg/fortnight which was quite quick and took a low dose of prozac for last week when stopped altogether, it helps with the final withdrawl
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    I have had depression for over 20 years and been on many anti depressants.  The last nine years I was on Effexor (Venlafaxine).  I diud stop cold turkey once, but depression returned.  Withdrawals bad for a couple of weeks.

    Last year I took 10 months to withdraw on doctor's advice.  I got no withdrawals by doing it slowly.  I was on 150mg a day. 

    Yes if your friend withdraws cold turkey he will get symtoms of withdrawal, the worst being zaps in the head like little electric shocks.  If he can ride out the symptoms, then hopefully he will be OK.  But many people have reported it has taken weeks or months to feel right again. 

    The medication did help me, but I would not like to go through withdrawals again.  Iwould advise your friend to take it slowly withdrawing.  Up to him of course if he wants to go cold turkey.  I hope he manages OK doing it this way. 

    A lot of people advise taking supplemnents, which I have always done.  There is a lot of advice what to take whilst withdrawing.  Some people go onto another anti depressant whilst withdrawing from Venlafaxine.  I would not personally do that, but some say it helps.

     

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      Thanks Anne,yes he's determined to go cold turkey,im not sure he's doing the right thing,but i will support him anyway i can,He is quite strongminded so i hope he can do it,thanks for your input,its very much appreciated
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    Slow slow slow. I was on 175mg for over 12 years . I have been V free for 7 or 8 weeks now. We decreased about 10% every 10 - 14 days. It was hell even doing it that way . Sweats headaches crying hysterically brain zaps buzzing in my ears total withdrawls. I'm just now starting to feel better. I have about 4 good days a week and getting better. Your friend needs someone to be with him in conditionally to lean on . I couldn't have done it without him.  From what I've heard cold turkey is not the way to go.

    Good luck to your friend. Tell him there is nothing wrong with going back on it and tapering off more slowly. He is lucky he has a friend like you to be by his side.!

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      Thank you ncoules,i wish he would do it slowly i really cant bare the thought of him suffering but i cant make him do  it,ive nade him promise to  go back on them and do it the slow way if it gets too much. ill be there every step of the way
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      This site has given me so much hope too! All you can do is be by his side and remind h that everything that is going on is the drug withdrawls not him. There will be crying and stomach aches depression and the list goes on. I started this process in eary August and it still goes on today . Just remember it is the drug not him!! Keep repeating that !' Keep talking to people on this site. I wish we could all pool together and sue their assed! So many people suffering!! I don't even want money just the drug companies being held responsible!!'
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      that is a great way to recognise if I actually am feeling better... Like how many acceptable (even if I can not say good) days in a week.  I came off Effexor, had a horribly hard time, had to go back on Zoloft, gave them all up (now in hindsight too quickly).  Been off everything 4 months, feeling lethargic, sad, anxious, nauseous.  do have a few moments each day when i reel reasonably "normal".. Let me know how you get on.

       

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      I so agree.  My siter convinced me I had a depressive illness, that runs in the family...how wonderful these meds were.  Oh not addictive.  bull. We both then merrily went on like recruiters for a cult, getting everyone else to take them.  How guilty I feel now.  I thought I was smart, I was connned.  First to take Zoloft in WA.  Then it was the newbie Effexor.  Just guinea pigs, and feeling worse now.  I lost everything.

       

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