Venlafaxine - prozac bridge

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I've been (very) slowly tapering down off venlafaxine 150mg. So far it has taken me a year and a half to reduce to 100mg. I would like to get off this drug as soon as possible but previous attempts at tapering more quickly have failed due to bad side-effects. Does anyone have any experience of using the prozac bridge method? Did it work or not work for you?

Many thanks,


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    Hi Lucy,

    I'm on my second attempt and have made it through fast tapering from 150 down to 0 in two weeks. My journey has been nothing short of pure hell. I was advised by my psychiatrist not to take Prozac but i went against what he said as reading through the web it has been prescribed to so many people to help the withdrawal effects. I found for me they had no effect whatsoever so I never continued with them. Give it s go and see is all I can say. They may or may not have an effect. My psychiatrist also said that (and I wonder if he has a point) to not take anything else than the venlafaxine whilst coming off and then at the end have a wash out period of two days and then start my new antidepressant. I hope this helps. Keep in touch with me if you need support whilst coming down off them. There isn't enough of it!!

    • Posted

      Hi Jojo,

      Sorry for taking so long to reply! How are you doing? I'm still at 100mg. How did it go in the weeks/months following you fast tapering down?

      Lucy x

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    Hi Lucy, 

    First of all, I want to congratulate you on a proper job of slow-tapering down to 100 mg!  I did a fast taper off 1 1/2 years ago and failed, 10 months out reinstating.  I am now doing the ultra slow method, since having been on it for 12 years, my system will need a very long time to adapt back to life without.

    I will send you a link from another forum that has a lot of good info about the Prozac Taper, some good and some bad.  You can't just swtich from Ven to Prozac - a washout period of two days just won't cut it.  You must introduce Prozac and do a taper off Ven, albeit faster than if you were doing just Ven.  Some feel it is better to stay with the devil you know and continue slow-tapering off ven.  You will still have to taper the Prozac, slowly, I might add.  The Prozac does not make it magically possible to switch off Ven and then do a fast taper off Prozac.  And Prozac can have withdrawal symptoms, too.  So, you must weigh the pros and cons.  

    • Posted

      Ah, thanks Betsy,

      Apologies that It's taken me so long to reply. It sounds like maybe i should stick to Ven and keep tapering slowly x

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