Has anyone tried properly weening off SSRI's?

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   Posted 5/17/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
This post is directed mainly to Effexor users, as this is going to be my medication. I have social anxiety disorder, and I feel I need this to function. I have only worked a few times within the last 5 months and quit a few days after due to this disorder. I have read Effexor helps with my condition, and I have also read of the MANY negative withdrawal symptoms many people experience.

But, I found a technique to ween off of anti-depressants which minimizes withdrawal symptoms to the point where it is not so bad. This technique sais to reduce the dosage by 5% every week until you are down to your last 10 mg. After that reduce the dose by 1 mg every day, drinking with orange juice.

The link to this technique can be found here - http://antidepressantsfacts.com/taper.htm

I am wondering if any of you have tried this. Specifically effexor users.

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   Posted 5/18/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey onlynow, I am wondering why if you state that effexor helps you so much that you are posting this link about how to go off of it?  You dont state that your weening off of effexor so what is up with this??

Also, there is not a way to decrease the dosage of effexor by 5% unless you break the cap apart which your not supposed to do...there is a specific warning on the bottle stating not to.  The link you posted here has no basis facts to back up what the put on their site nor is it posted by a doctor.  I strongly suggest to anyone who is going to go off of Effexor XR or even thinking of going off of to follow their doctor's recommendations or consult their doctor before hand as this is always the best way to go about weening off of any of your medications.  Period.

And yes, I am cross posting this in the anxiety forum.

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   Posted 5/18/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE do not play with your meds in this way
Talk to doc about the PROPER way of weaning off meds

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   Posted 5/19/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi katelyn, yes I am concerned about the withdrawal and dependency. I have been on Effexor for 3 days now, yesterday I could feel the effects quite well. This is surprising as ive read that it takes a while longer for most people to feel the effects. I would have flushes which felt pleasent, and it felt like a subtle ecstasy high with the jaw clenching as well. I also was less anxious about going out with my friends. I went out and was less anxious than usual. No negative side effects so far except for diahrea. I am on 37.5 mg, and am going up to 70mg in 5 days. I have Effexor XR, they come in gel caps with beads, so I don't have to cut up the pill.

Thanks for the replies :-)
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