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Bulonkm: Effexor & Abilify


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I am on effexor xr 75mg (not the generic) and abilify 2,5mg and I want to taper off both. I am not dure I can stop at the same time. Which one should I start with first? Thank you for your help

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Hi Bulonkm and welcome to SA.  It's really great that you have found this site.  The members are very supportive and encouraging and there is a lot of helpful information here.


I have moved your post and created an Intro/Update topic for you.  You can use this topic to ask questions about your own situation and to journal your progress.  Please put your Withdrawal History in Signature OR Complete your Signature from Phone or Tablet


Please include ALL drugs, dates, doses so that your drug history can be seen at a glance.  Doing this will allow suggestions to be made based on your individual situation.  I will give you some information to read.  Once you have read these please ask any questions you have.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Tips for tapering off Effexor (venlafaxine)


Tips for tapering off aripiprazole (Abilify)


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


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It can be a bit overwhelming when you first become a member here, but you will be supported by the staff and members.  An important thing to understand is that the drugs change the brain and by doing a slow taper it lets the brain adapt to not getting as much of the drug so that withdrawal symptoms may be kept to a minimum.


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I came off olanzapine 2,5mg and was tapering off effexor at the same time. I wouldnt recommend it, a nice slow taper is the best. I came off 375mg effexor but I did it over 2 years approx. And it was very difficult. Take your time let your brain adjust to the changes.

I am off all meds 16 months I had been on olanzapine, Effexor zanex and assorted sleeping meds for approx 2 years.

Weaned off 375 mg effexor over two years, I had previously come off xanax, rivotrill and olazapine. Reinstated 75mg of effexor on the 22/12/16

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