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  1. I'm so glad I found this site. I am an 18yr old who was diagnosed with generalized anxiety, andPTSD on June of 2012. My GP referred me to psychiatrist who started me on meds. I was a little wearyAbout going on medication but he gave me xanax as needed and they workedImmediately, I figured if this helps maybe other medication would too.I tried Buspar, Prozac, Zoloft all which gave me immediate side effects.Lastly and I say lastly because after Effexor I will not go on any other psychiatric drugsAfter going through all this hell.Aug 2012 I started Effexor went up to 150 mg, started to feel socia
  2. Hello. My name is Dixie and I have been on Effexor for 9 years. I am currently on 150 mg a day (75 twice a day). The last nine years save the 9 months I was pregnant I have been in a fog. I just recently through much research, talking to ignorant psychs and some smart psychs have realized that this is the reason for my increased depression and total personality change. I have tried to go off the effexor with the worst experience of my life. And I have been through alot including spinal fusion surgery and opiate withdrawal. No pain, no experience has ever been this bad. I am determin
  3. I know only a bit- I know I need to taper and have read the articles on how to taper. I know I need to supplement somehow. Exactly where do I begin? I need a plan. Do probiotics and supplements come first before tapering? I'm scared. I have been on these drugs since I was 13. I am 39... Main issue right now is I have absolutely no memory. By that I mean to the point where I try to conduct business with people and apparently I already have been there... I'm ok as far as depression but I'm scared of the taper.
  4. First and foremost I 'm not a great forum participator. Regardless I recently completed a 111 day taper of Venlafaxine that has been successful and I wanted to share my experiences. Some back story (possibly a little more at a later date but as I said I'm not a prolific poster); I was on 225mg Venlafaxine ER once daily for 5 years. I had fallen into a major depression and after numerous trials of different AD’s we got to Venlafaxine and it seemed to be accountable with pulling me out of the hellish depths of major depression. Late last fall my wife pointed out to me
  5. Hi, I'm brand new to this, am surprised this is the exists and incredibly grateful to have found it. Basically, I've been on and off venlafaxine since I was 12. I'm now 31 and have been on it continually since I was 21, albeit for a terrible time of trying to dangerously cold turkey it. I'm on 225mg, 300mg pregabalin (though due to depression and panic take 450 my daily) and am yet again feeling that crappy pit in my throat, head and stomach again that we feel that is a black pit of falling hollow despair. I have lived the past decade in a miserable fof, where at my b
  6. Hi all, I am new here but I've been reading posts since last fall, when I started weaning off the Gabapentin I was put on a month before, pre-herniated disc surgery. Surgery went very well, stopping Gabapentin was a horrific nightmare of about 5 months. However, the results were so amazing I felt encouraged to get off Effexor as well. I was put on Effexor for fibro, stopped cold turkey when I got pregnant (wowza!), then was put back after postpartum depression. Six years later, here I am. So now comes the question: My recommended taper for Effexor XR 75 is Effexor ER 35 (morning) + T
  7. Feel exhausted, shouting/rude to people, hopelessness, breathless, waking early, not interested in anything, can't speak to people. Broke down in tears in work today after shouting at colleague and in trouble with manager. Came off venlafaxine between sept 16- Jan this year. Husband died January. I had foot Surgery in March. I have been isolated for 3 month at home after surgery. I keep flying off handle and giving up.....So tired. Wondering if i should just go back on venlafaxine...
  8. For the past 9 years, I've been using Prozac at 40 mg/day, along with Wellbutrin at 450 mg/day. 2 months ago, my psychiatrist decided to take me off the Prozac and put me on Effexor at 75 mg/day. I've been having side effects, like lack of motivation. I tried to wean myself off of them by taking them every 2 days, instead of everyday. I started getting withdrawal symptoms. Now I'm taking them every 4 days. The symptoms aren't as bad, but they're still there. Especially when I take that 75 mg. dose. How can I find a doctor who will properly wean me off this crap? And not put me on anymore antid
  9. Hey hi, Just looking to hear from those who have successfully made a liquid solution of venlaflaxine and successfully tapered this way? Am half-way down having converted some of my XR to IM and cut pills but now need to make a liquid form as can't get smaller than 4.5mg odd with the cutter... Cheers!
  10. I took 300mg Effexor XR and clonazepam for somewhere around 10-15 years, then since 2010 I've successfully tapered/reduced a bunch of it: 2010-2011 - Tapered Clonazepam/Klonopin gradually from 200mcg/day to ZERO 2012 March - Dropped Effexor XR from 300mg/day down to 150mg/day 2012 October-2013 February - Tapered Neurontin from 2400mg/day to 800mg/day 2013 March 4 - Tapered Effexor XR to 131.25mg 2013 March 27 - Tapered Effexor XR to 112.5mg 2013 April 16 - Tapered Effexor XR to 93.75mg 2013 April 21 - Tapered Effexor XR to 87.5mg 2013 June 22 - Tapered Effexor XR to 75mg At that point I
  11. I'm a 31 yr old female. In November of last year I began tapering my off of Effexor. I have taken 225 mg for 10 yrs. I also stopped taking birth control. I decreased 25 mg every two weeks and this was under the supervision of my dr. My withdrawal symptoms were quite bad so I asked my dr to take Prozac as I had read it can relieve the withdrawal symptoms of Effexor. Unfortunately I had awful side effects from Prozac (dizziness, excessive sweating, nausea etc) so I weaned of off Prozac after a month. Over the next few weeks I had to stop working due to how sick I was. I developed severe acid ref
  12. Hi guys, first time doing something like this but don't know where to go for advice. Basically I've been taking Effexor XR for severe anxiety and depression for the last 3 years. I was prescribed it after Mirtazepine pooped out, which I had been taking for 2 years prior. I am now 26. I finished tapering off with my GP's help about 2 months ago now. I wanted to stop taking effexor as I found I never enjoyed anything and my partner was noticing that I was not very present and a bit docile. Since getting off I've been experiencing emotions I haven't felt in the longest time, more lows th
  13. I took one dose of snri venlafaxine 50 mg for my panic disorder it relieved by chest pain and breathing difficulty after only one dose it also gave me serotonin syndrome and i stopped after that and after 20 days i started feeling withdrawal symptoms i was disoriented chronic headche couldn't fall asleep alienated feeling completely suicidal so i went into ER and they diagnosed me as depression then after i was put on 50 mg of nortriptyline and .5 mg of klonopin for three months and after that i tapered off in one month its been three months now im not at all gettin any withdrawal symt
  14. I am currently taking Effexor 37.5 mg after two unsuccessful attempts to get off these meds. Each time i tapered off and was completely off the meds, I experienced some flu like symptoms and brain zaps right after discontinuing but i was then OK for the next 2-3 months. After about 3 to 4 months off the meds i suddenly get severe anxiety, a complete loss of appetite, and can't sleep. A lot of people have reported these symptoms but i haven't found anyone yet to mention if they experienced these symptoms directly after stopping the meds or if it developed over time. Does anyone know if it is st
  15. I've been taking 300 mg of effexor XR for approximately 18 years. Eventually doctors started telling me it was very difficult to get off of but never the doctors prescribing an increase. I've been titrating down for weeks with withdrawal symptoms (brain zaps, headaches, stomach problems, etc). However I could function. I've been going 37.5 mg per week and when I got to 75 mg everythng changed. It's been almost 2 weeks and I can barely function. I feel like I have the flu, horrible stomach pain and diarrhea, exhaustion where my body feels like lead and my brain is a foggy mess. I can barely wo
  16. Hello, I am in my mid-20s and I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2014. For a year, I was prescribed Fluoxetine (Prozac) which did very little past placebo effect in improving my mood. June 2015, I was prescribed Venlafaxine which initially caused a rapid decline in my mental health. After a couple of months on interim doses, there was only a small increase in my mood and my dose was increased to the maximum of 325mg. This helped to stabilise my mood while I tried cognitive behavioural therapy. September 2015, I started to get severally ill periodically. I had severe d
  17. Hi, My user name is Jodawoda. I am not tech savvy at all and not familiar with navigating forums. I am in a horrible awful terrible emotional space which I attribute primarily to a messed up nervous system; 20 years on Effexor followed by a slow 18 month titration down then completely off, went into complete PTSD flight or fight mode during which time I was paranoid and in full on fighting mode due to extreme defensiveness, literally feeling the need to fight for my soul, my very being. After about 2 months of daily agony, it was either take my life or go back on psychiatric meds, I didn't kn
  18. Hi, I'm new to this forum, but I have been reading a lot of the posts about tapering off of Effexor XR and counting beads, etc. I ordered a digital scale to weigh out the contents of the extended release. Each 75mg capsule's contents weigh 190mg. I confirmed this by weighing multiple capsules. This is because the actual medicine is in a time-released coating which adds to the weight of the beads. I decided to do a 5mg reduction per week, which is equal to approximately 12.66mg by weight of Effexor granules (emptied from the capsule). Counting beads is useless because the individual beads
  19. Hi fellow victims, I have now been off Effexor (and all antidepressants) for 10 months, although I do OCCASIONALLY take Ativan to relieve me of my sheer panic and anxiety. Let me tell you my story: I have been taking antidepressants on and off for 21 years (since age 18). I went on it for debilitating depression and self hatred. The meds worked. I definitely felt better. However, over the years, each antidepressant would lose its effectiveness, sending me to the doctor to get a new one to try. The one I went on that worked the best was Effexor. I started at the lowest dose, 37.
  20. Hello everyone, I need your help regarding issues of reinstatement. In the following text I will do my best to introduce myself to you and to summarize my story as good as possible. I am a 26 year master student from Sweden who was on effexor for almost 2 years. During the first year I was on 75 mg, the second year 37,5 mg. After realizing that Effexor only made me feel worse I decided to stop taking it. I spoke to my physician about it and she suggested that I taper down for 2-3 weeks. I ended up tapering for 4 weeks and I was actually feeling better during the whole taper.
  21. I'm going to paste my intro here and come back to clarify later on a computer as it is nearly midnight and my head is pounding but wanted to start this before I forget. Took Wellbutrin for 2-3 years starting 2006, quit by halving dose and don't recall having trouble. More recently: started Zoloft in Sept 2016, switched to venlafaxine 75mg in October 2016, increased to 150mg by November. Also added buspirone, 10mg to start in October and increased to 20/day in January when I decided to stop taking venlafaxine. Mid Jan started a fast taper (10% every 5 days) and managed to get to 45mg by end of
  22. Greetings everyone. My heart goes out to all of you suffering with this stuff. I'm a 37 year old American man living in Northern Germany and have been taking Effexor XR 225mg for about 10 years. I married a German girl who passed away from Cancer a year ago leaving me and our 2.5 year old son. In my early twenties, I spent 4 years serving in the Marine Corps and started noticing I had mood swings that effected my ability to do the job on a daily basis. I remember having this horrible feeling in my chest like I was on the verge of having a heart attack. I felt really out of balance and
  23. Moved from Wishes19's topic: I stopped with Venlafaxine 8 months ago and I read your story as it was mine. I'm also desperate how to come of my brain zaps and dizziness.
  24. Hi everyone, I came across this site and felt like it might be a good place to find support in my battle with depression and antidepressant 'addiction'. I have had a long, complicated and troublesome history with antidepressants ever since I first started using them about 17 years ago, at the age of 16. I'm 33 now, and I today I am celebrating 9 months medication free! This is probably my 10th attempt at trying to come off medication and I am pretty certain this is the longest I have ever been off since I first started on them. I tried repeatedly over many years but would always last
  25. Was on effexor since October 2007. Finally had enough and after much research (I quit Paxil cold turkey when I was a teenager and remember vividly the suffering) I bought a case of fish oil and began tapering as slow as possible. I was up to 150mg so I started removing 5 beads out per pill ( these had 150 in them) until I got down to 75 mg. Not one withdrawal symptom occurred so once I got down to 75 I only stayed on that for a week before continuing to drop at the same rate. Once I got to 37.5 I kept going but about three days later I had a complete crying meltdown and went back up to 37.5 fo
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