Posted 6/17/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -6)
I have started withdrawals from Effexor XR and I am taking it very very slowly. I have had so many problems in the past with side effects from meds, I don't care if it takes me 12 months to wean off, I'd rather do it slow and steady than have set backs and get depressed from that.
I am decreasing my doses by 37.5mg at a time. I decreased my first dose about 8 weeks ago, I have had to major stressful events and am still ok!! I was ready to go to the 2nd decrease dose when one of these events happened so have delayed it, but I feel ready to go to the next level, which I will discuss with my doctor on Wednesday.
I would imagine that any effects you have would relate to the amount you decrease your dose by - I know if I have missed a dose in the past, by mid afternoon I'm feeling it, but with this small decrease, I've only felt very vague and non-threatening effects.
Best wishes with your withdrawal - I hope you are being monitored by your doctor to be safe.