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  1. Hi all, I hope everyone is feeling well and "managing" as well as they can. My current status = I have previously tapered venlafaxine too quick (without realising) from 150mg, and am now somewhat stable on 12.5mg. Ive just got a script for a higher dose (75mg) so that I can taper with the microbeads super slowly from now on. Im curious about something and would like some other peoples opinions (if allowed). Ive looked into opioid addiction and withdrawal methods online and have come across the ancient herbal remedy called iboga/ibogaine therapy - and Im really interested in what Im reading about it..... to the point where I am actually considering going to a Holland to a treatment centre for ibogaine and ayahuasca therapy. Ive also learned a lot from Ben Greenfield about healing your brain from depression and trauma using psychedelic plants in a controlled clinical setting to re-set any negative blocks. What does anybody else think about this and I would love to know if anyone has tried this for both opioid withdrawal and as a cure for depression/stress/anxiety/PTSD. I hope its allowed but I have pasted the link to the podcast. Its so fascinating!!! https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/apollo-neuroscience/
  2. Tomorrow morning I’m starting the dreadful journey of withdrawing from Effexor. Currently taking 300mg mane. I’ve been taking for >10 years, so I’m expecting the worst. My GP is very much onside, thank goodness. Over the last 4 years, I’ve taken myself off quetiapine, nitrazepam, regular lorazepam (up to 8mg per day), dihydrocodeine and tapentadol (opiate). I’m still taking OxyContin and Pregabalin. I suppose I’ll have to get off them sometime.
  3. Hi everybody, I am in my mid 40s and I have had dysthymia and recurrent major depression episodes since I was 16. Needless to say that I have been on lots of antidepressants over the years for short and long periods. I have had also periods without medication. Now I am on venlafaxne (AKA effexor) 150mg/day. I think that I started taking it in 2014 but I can't remember for sure. Now I feel that after these years its benefits have decreased, it has pooped out basically and, what's worse, it has slowly, very slowly making worse my sex life. I din't realize at first but my libido has gone down and down and unfortunately it has made for me very difficult to get an orgasm. Further, I believe that has de-sensitized my penis, not completely but I am sure it has because I feel so much less when I touch myself or have sex. I hope that these problems are reversible but I have read of PSSD, so I am worried. I have just started tapering venlafaxine today, I am cutting the 150 mg tablet of 1/4, it's not a very precise thing unfortunately, the tablets are not made for being cut. Anyway I am thinking to stay on this dosage of about 112,5 mg for about 10 days before going on 75 mg for further ten days, then I would go on 37,5 for ten days and eventually I would stop. Is this schedule too ambitious? I need your advice please. Thanks for reading this
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