Venlafaxine er withdrawals

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2 weeks since I've slowly tried to taper off this crazy drug and I feel terrible really anxious almost had a panic attack a couple times shaky nervous body aches and pains any suggestions of how long this might last and what more to expect???????

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    I am not a professional, I am simply posting things off respected websites and sharing my own nightmare from hell tappering of Zoloft.

    Effexor info... Everyday concerns, as reported in a Wyeth study, include nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, insomnia, constipation, nervousness, sweating and blurred vision.

    Here is a list the following withdrawal symptoms as "serious": agitation, anorexia, anxiety, confusion, impaired coordination, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, dysphoric mood, . .

    a noticeable change in mood, dizziness, and nausea. She experienced a sensation in her head as if electrical discharges "popped" and could not concentrate to the extent that she was unable to drive her car the popping" in her head had become worse and she vommited.

    Those are the basics I found online.  Best thing to do is just research this on the actual website for whatever Pharaceutical makes it.  

    I took 150mg for 18 years, I quit taking it cold turkey, I had zero side effects. 

    I am going through horrible horrible side effects from stopping Zoloft.  Don't ever take that drug, it is so TOXIC.  And I was only on 200mg.  I went to fast when tapering off.  

    Hope this helps a little.  I ended up just searching the internet for Zoloft side effects when stopping ....  etc, you just type Effexor which is the original pill, not the generic Venlafaxine.

    Good luck.  I would not ever go on SSRI's again.  EVER.  Zoloft

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    Have you talked to your doctor about what you are going through? I am still taking venlafaxine and mirtazapine and that combo works very well for my MDD. I wish I could be more helpful with your withdraway experience. Keep using this site and talking about your feelings and symptoms. It is a great place to talk to others who understand

    your struggles. Also please talk to a health care professional.

    Take care,

    Phyll8s

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      Thank you Phillis I have not talked to my doc I decided to just quit I suffer from gad and pd also ocd with checking my heart rate and the medication helped but started making things worst plus it doesn't treat the underlying cause of my anxiety so that I have to do by myself no drugs, but thanks for your reply it does help a lot to chat here with fellow sufferers lol smile

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    Hi there. I don't know if this will help, but I tapered off Ven this past summer VERY slowly -- took my last dose in May. For a few months, I felt great. Then I hit a wall -- I was so depressed for two months I couldn't leave the house. Then I started taking another antidepressant, Luvox, which took weeks to kick in -- but then it DID kick in and I was doing much better, getting out and about. However, for the past several weeks, I have had the shakes and panic attacks and bouts of crying. I am wondering if it's still the Ven in my system? Who knows.

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      Hi Elizabeth congrats on getting off this terrible drug and I'm sorry to hear you are suffering with another maybe take my approach and quit all drugs and try to find the underlying cause of your problem remember these help just help but don't cure the problem thank you for your reply hope you do better smile

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    Can you be more specific about what your view point of very slow is. Also what's your dose and how long have you been taking it? All of the above can be determining factors.

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      Hi cheryl I've been taking 75mg for 6 yrs and now I'm taking it 6 hours late everyday for two weeks then going to 8 hrs later and so on good Ideal or no and thanks for your responce smile

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      charly, the best way to taper off AD's is by tapering the dose not the time taken. If you are on the effexor xr, this is time released through a 24 hour period meaning you need to take it the same time each day. 

      a 10% reduction of current dose every 4-6 weeks is what is recommended (Some individuals do 5% cuts to go slower) So right now if you are at 75mg you would cut down to 67.5 mg. then 4-6 weeks later a 10% cut of that dose would be 60.75mg and so forth etc.... As you go down lower the 10% cuts will become smaller. 

       

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      Great info thank you much cheryl I think I'm gonna stick to this method as it is working and once I go on to take it once every other day I will switch to the 37.5mg ones but if this does fail I will most definitely take the route you mentioned thanks once again for your response and help!

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      Lowering the dose I agree with I'm lowering mine in manageable 18.75mg increments

      But everyone's body (brain) is different and handles tapering differently ALSO I must add that when you get to Tablet form it isn't time release , therefor, the half life of the drug(the time it takes to wear off out of the bodies system) is shortened exponentially

      Please remember this when you get to the 37.5mg Charly ???

      Ellie

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      Charly,

      Seriously.....if you don't want to be affected by the withdrawal symptoms induced by coming off of Effexor, reducing the dosage is the BEST and most effective way of going about it. When you taper yourself off by reducing the dosage, the drug will still get to be released into your system at the schedule time but at lower increments over a spanned time frame. This will lessen the effects by a GREAT deal.

      When you wait to take the dose, your body goes into withdrawal because the drug is no longer in your system. That's why slowly tapering down in dosage allows you to still put it in your system to avoid the effects.

      If and when you plan to skip a day and take a pill, again your body will begin to show with withdrawal effects until you take the next pill and this will continue all the way until the end and well after you quit because you did not TAPER off effectively. Unfortunately, Effexor is the worst med to come off of because of the withdrawal effects.

      I was on it for years ago, tried the approach that you're doing.....HUGE NO NO......then got back on after a pregnancy for 7 years, then in 2014 I came off for 2 years because I wanted to lose weight so I decided to try something else which ended up being the worst decision ever and now 2016 I'm back on, as it does work for me so PLEASE take my advice!!!!!

      If your method works for you and your suffering is minimal, I will be extremely happy for you, but highly consider this tapering method. You posted this discussion because you obviously are bothered by the effects......

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      Thanks for your reply meLisa and yes the withdrawl sucks my strategy was working pretty good after 3 day of pretty bad side affect but now that I'm taking it at an even later time I'm back to the low point but I am getting really close to trying the reducing method because this is no fun but thank u much for you great info smile

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