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ntepy venlablue xl 150mg tapering


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hello, is there any advise on how to taper venlablue xl 150mg capsules? they dont contain beads but on average 11 or 12  mini tablets. please point me in the right direction.


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Hi ntepy-- welcome to the group.  It took some looking to find out what venlablue really is, it is essentially the same thing as Effexor.  So a switch to Effexor would probably give you a more workable pill, but there is a chance of having trouble with the switch.  If you're in a hurry to get started then removing one (1) minitablet would give you about an 8% reduction for the first time and about 10% for the second.  After that the drops would become too big.


Here are some ideas on other methods you could try;


Tips for tapering off Effexor (venlafaxine)


How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017


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Welcome, ntepy.


I saw your post in the Tips for tapering off Effexor (venlafaxine) topic. In response to your very good question, I did some research and added information about tapering with venlafaxine mini-tablets. A lot of generics contain them. Please look at post #1 in Tips for tapering off Effexor (venlafaxine) and post any questions you have here in your Intro topic.


Each of the Venlablue mini-tablets is extended-release. More information here http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/par/documents/websiteresources/con062651.pdf

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