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Hi All

Im new to the site and like to say how informative it is.


so I’m in the Uk, been on venlafaxine about 8 yrs at different doses in those years.

currently on 225mg


im thinking on coming off them, obviously very very slowly. I hate the thought off what the drug is doing to my Brain 🧠 

so is anyone on this brand ? 
do you know how many tiny pills are in a 75mg capsule?

does anyone know of a uk based company that will do the tapering strips for me?

I know of the Netherlands site, they cost 70€ for 28 pills 

we have nhs in uk, so get our prescription FREE, and don’t think I could get them to do this.


anyone who can help ?

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Mini05: Pfizer Effexor XR 75mg, pills inside capsule
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Hi mini and welcome to SA,


It is fantastic that you have found SA before you have started tapering.


Please create your drug signature following these instructions.  Include ALL drugs/supplements, current AND previous.  Thank you.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


SA's recommended taper is to reduce by no more than 10% of the current dose with a hold of about 4 weeks to allow your brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  This is a guide only and you can reduce by less and/or hold longer as needed.  It is better to hold for longer if you are going through a stressful time or are sick or if you still have symptoms.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms




Before you begin tapering what you need to know


Post #1 of this topic explains how to get your doses:


Tips for tapering off venlafaxine (Effexor)


There is discussion of tapering strips here:




The only supplements which SA recommends are Magnesium and Omega-3 Fish Oil.  Try a small amount, one at a time to see how you react.  You might want to get yourself set up on these before you commence tapering Effexor.  Only make one change at a time.


This is your own Introduction topic which is the best place to ask questions about your own situation and to journal your progress.


And a message from Altostrata, SA's founder.  There is also a link to a recent interview with her in my signature below this post.


On 11/7/2020 at 8:23 AM, Altostrata said:


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please can you help me start off my tapering guide so I can see/get an idea of how the maths work. I’ve tried looking at the guides but at 66yrs old I got confused by it all

i currently take a 150mg XR capsule & a 75mg XR capsule 

So I’m going to start on the 75mg capsule first.


So I’m wanting to make enough NEW capsules for a week

so how would I go about this please ?

could you send me the formula to do so to give me an idea so I can grasp it ?


Ive got my scales

empty capsules & spoon 


Thank You

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2011-2019 - St Johns Wart - Started out at 3 Pills a day (300 MG) and increased to 6 per day over the years

August 2019 - CT Quit St Johns (Told by Hospital Dr to Stop Taking due to increased BP)

September 2019 - Citalopram 10mg - Approx 2 weeks - CT Quit

September 2019 - October 2019 - Clonazepam .5mg - Approx 3 weeks - CT Quit

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Hi @Mini05

I don't have a personal experience with your AD, so, I looked at the link ChessieCat posted for you above. That's a good place to start.


Do your tablets have beads in them as referred to in the link?



Please don't send me PMs. I am not a doctor. My comments are based on my personal experience with ADs and tapering. Consult your doctor about your own medical decisions.

Start of taper: Jan ’22 Vortioxetine 15mg, 

End year 1: 4.5mg, 

End year 2: 2.38mg, 

Year 3: 19 Jan 2.33mg, 26 Jan 2.28mg, 2 Feb 2.24mg, 8 Feb 2.19mg, 29 Feb 2.15mg, 7 Mar 2.10mg, 14 Mar 2.06mg, 21 Mar 1.99mg, 10 Apr 1.95mg, 17 Apr 1.91mg, 24 Apr 1.87mg, 1 May 1.83mg, 23 May 1.80mg, 30 May 1.76mg, 8 Jun 1.72mg, 13 Jun 1.69mg

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