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I've been on venlafaxine 75 mg for about 6 months now...will I still have the terrible withdrawals if I stop now? Can I lower my dose slowly...wld that help? I missed the pill a few times n my head n eyes feel funny..like my eyes seem to jerk or feel weird when I turn my head to look at something...this just scares me so bad..I have 2 young kids...I can't feel sick n withdrawal with them..I'm a single mom...I'm very disgusted with my Dr. For not telling me about this and I even asked her if there was any problem getting off them n she said no...

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    every person is different but I do think you will have withdrawals.  This stuff is crazy to try and get off.  I actually decided to go back on a small dose just because I could not deal with the constant crying, nausea, dizziness and just overall feeling of darkness and sadness.  DO NOT stop on your own.  You will need to taper very very slowly.  I thought I was going slow enough by dropping from 150 milligrams to 130 the next week and going down by 20 a week.  I figured a 2 month 'taper plan' would be plenty,but by the time I got down to 10 milligrams, I was a freakin mess.  Hey, I don't feel bad about going back on (ok, well I feel a little guilt) but if being on this is the alternative to living in a foggy hell, i'll keep a lower dose of the meds.  Just be careful and doctors will only tell you so much.  Join a site like WebMD.com or just do research on the meds yourself. NO ONE who hasn't been on this stuff or tried to come off can tell you what its like .  I am so glad I found this forum.  Please don't hesitate to reach back out if I can help.  It is scary and the 'symptoms' of withdrawal are very real and very powerful.  I cant stress enough, DO NOT GO IT ALONE and don't just stop.  You obviously started taking this for a reason, and quite frankly, some of us just need something to help our brains work correctly.  You wouldn't stop taking a med if you had any other illness, so why do we feel so bad about taking these??? Crazy

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      Thanks for the info....I'm not ashamed at all for taking the med...it's the side effects I don't like...but I'll have to live with them...I'm gonna try n go lower mg to see if that will help....the med works great for me I'm just scared that when they no longer work for me it's gonna be real hard to get off them.....

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    you know when your doc says no.. ask ... have you been on it?   how do you know that i would not have a problem..   you should talk to your dr again and tell him/her this..    you are having problems so let him/her know this..  and don;t be scared to talk about it.
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    I have had that eye thing, was it when you moved your eyes left to right as well? That is a sign of withdrawing to fast. You can withdraw without any problems but you should aim to do it really really slowly over a month, two months or more. The slower you can taper it off the better!! xx
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    Also if I was you I would talk with your doctor first, as they can help and could even prescribe meds to help you ween off xx
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    I'm in the same position. Want to come off them but get the same symptoms as you do within 12 hours. My doc has prescribed me with 37.5mg and has suggested I start by taking 75 one day and 37.5 the next. Haven't started yet, but she did say that you stick with that doze until you feel totally comfortable. At that point I would revisit the doc as these things needs to be controlled carefully and with a doc's support. They subscribed them in the first place, so I think they have a responsibility to see you come off them when you feel ready to. Good luck. You're not alone!

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      Thank you..I'm gonna go talk to the Dr..n see what she can do to help me...she don't believe in withdrawal...says it's all in ones head...I think she needs to go on them herself n see how it goes...I'm switching dr.s soon..

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      Hi. First, why are you weaning off? That's an important question for you to answer for yourself. If you feel better on it, then you have to weight the pros and cons of getting off.

      Now I weaned off several months ago to try Lexapro because my generic been was discovered and subbed with something that didn't work. I'm back on brand name Effexor XR 75, thank God.

      But I weaned off by taking one pill every other day for two weeks, then I got to every third day, but I started with brain zaps during that 3rd day taper.... So I took a 37.5 in between when needed til I got to every 4th day. But the zaps got bad, so I started 37.5 every day and started to wean down every other day til I got down to every 4-5 days and not feeling those days, or dizziness, etc. Took me about 2.5 months. It can be done of done correctly. Just take your time.

      God bless you and your little ones!

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