stopping venlafaxine (effexor)

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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi everyone,
 
I have been reducing my dosgae of venlafaxine over the last year from 225mg. I am now down to 37.5mg with a view to stop this shortly. I am not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms at the moment but I just wondered if anyone has experienced this when they have stopped this drug.
I am going to take the 37.5mg for another month and then stop but wasn't sure if I should take them every other day before I stop.  My GP said to just stop them but justw anted some advice on what others have done.
 
Thanks

Victoria x

 


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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am usually in the Fibro forum and saw your topic and popped in. Whatever you do do not just stop taking them!!! You will get horrible headaches, dizziness and nausea which you have never before imagined!
I believe (if you are on the smallest dose of effexor) you taper down to every other day for a week?? Then start limited that. Double check before you do it. Doctors dont know how dangerous this drug is--you need to get the info from a good psychiatrist or a person who went through it.
Unfortunetly my psychiatrist gave me vague tapering guidelines and I got really sick for a month! And I had only been on 37.5mg for 2 weeks before I decided to go off --so I thought it would be an easy weaning process! Not so! I was so sick I lost 8 lbs in less than a month, it was horrible.
Have you tried googling "effexor tapering"--you might get ideas if you dont get them here.

Good luck & be careful,
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria

I am on 225mg of Effexor at the moment and have done quite a lot of research into this medication on the internet and agree with philly that you should not just stop taking the 37.5mg dose and taper down to every other day to avoid the withdrawl effects and should be monitord closly by your GP. I hope things go well for you and let us know how you get on.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria
 
I agree with the others who have already posted to you. I weaned down on my Cymbalta and went to an every other day routine and then from once every 48 hours to once every 72 hours for a bit then quit.
 
I still have days where I feel some withdrawal but no sudden severe withdrawal sx as you may experience by going off suddenly.
 
Again do be sure to stay in contact with your physician.
 
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your advice, I will try googling and see if I can find some info. Will let you know how I get on.

Victoria x

 


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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried to go off effexor once, I would agree with the others. 37.5 is a low dose, but still hard to go off of. Are you taking pills or caps? If you are taking the pills, I would suggest breaking them in half after you take them for a while. This is a hard medication to go off of .

Best wishes to you.

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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking the slow release capsules but when I went down to 37.5mg, it was unavailable in slow release so I am taking the tablet.
I was thinking of staying on this for a month and then starting to try and come off by either taking a tablet every other day and then every 3 days. Should I also try and break the tablet in half and then stop?
I am so worried about feeling ill from this.

Thanks

Victoria x

 


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   Posted 6/17/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
hey, victoria, if in doubt seek medical input. jamie. all the best, lovely name, and state might i say! jamie, victorian. melbourne, victoria. take care of u, we care.

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   Posted 6/17/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, feeling pretty rough today. Have diorrhea and nausea. These withdrawal effects do go don't they?

Victoria x

 


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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Victoria,

I did not have those side effects.  I had more increased anxiety and just feeling " out of it" at times.  My depression and my insecurities ran higher while I was weaning off and of course I doubted my wisdom in weaning off the med and had fears that I would not make it with being on meds for life.

I have read that it takes a long time for all the med to clear your system completely but again each person is different.

I am so sorry you are feeling lousy.  Do you have any medication to help with the diarrhea?

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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
How long did it take for you to wean off the medication and how did you reduce it? My GP doesn't have much experience with this drug and I just wondered the best way to go about it? Thanks.

Victoria x

 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/18/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
slowly, esp if you are not reinstating to a new medication. jamie take care.

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   Posted 6/18/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
p.s victoria, was on effexor xr, 375-425 for 4 yrs. yeah it pooped. i have been on pristiq 4 the last 3-4months now, since it is a derivertive of effexor transition was much easier. anti-deps when weaning can be real nasty, esp diahhroea, nausea, headaches, vertigo, etc. i have weaned of many, to go on others, most were hell in someform or another. if you are not reinstating to another i would look at all homeopathic and alternative methods to help with this transition, hey, u are darn courageous. proud of ya. keep fightin, keep strong, mind and body. we are here for you, okay. doing well. jamie tongue

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/18/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou so much for your support. Do you think there is any side effect from transferring from the slow release to the tablet? I was taking 75mg slow release and my GP transferred me to 37.5mg tablet. I think it was a massive drop for my body to cope with so I think I am going to do it more slowly and start cutting the tablets.

Victoria x

 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/18/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, and yes. as the difference will aid in the complete removal of the med from your body. take care victoria, keep strong. jamie

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   Posted 6/19/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Be careful with coming off Effexor. I was on 225mg for a while then 150mg for at least a year then decided to come off of it completely (rationalized that I had solved the underlying psychological issue). It was a slow process to wean completely off the Effexor, months of dividing up the little balls in smaller and smaller groups. Finally I got off completely, at the end of February '09. I didn't think about it anymore and thought I was free, but as May wore on, I started feeling a little low, not quite depressed, but then end of May and beginning of June hit and I knew that the depression was back, with all of the classic symptoms, starting with waking up hours earlier than usual. I started taking 50mg Pristiq two weeks ago and am I'm just trying to do the best I can to limit the damage to my life that the lethargy causes in the mean time while the Pristiq kicks in (up to 8 weeks, darnit, at least I'm started). I hope that some of you can come off Effexor and do great. I'm just accepting that I have a physiological condition that requires medication. Anyone else wish they hadn't weaned off of Effexor (besides the terrible withdrawals). Anyone rapidly transitioned to Pristiq with success? Any info. would be helpful. Thanks.

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, me. only a few days of adjustment, without those nasty side effects. smilewinkgrin

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 6/20/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I can really feel the effects of transferring from the slow release to the tablet, even though i am taking the same dose at the moment. When my body adjusts to this I am going to reduce the dose by cutting the tablets. I keep getting wierd bouts of nausea and headaches. Its horrible. I feel like Ill never get off this drug.

Victoria x

 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 6/21/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry victoria, it is actually a good sign you are having with the effexor withdrawal symptoms, this means you are flushing it out. take care. jamie
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