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Hi. I used citalopram for 15 years and after that venlafaxin 300mg/day for three years. I tapered out Venlafaxin over 11 months last year. Now i have been without medication over six months. I have so much withdrawal-sympthom that im thinking of giving up and go back to medication. Im thinking of going back on a low dose of medication and try to tap it out again later using the 10% method. Do you have any recommendations  about this? What dose will i goback to? Should i go back to a low dose or should i go up to the maximum dose i used before and start from there? Should i go back to venlafaxin again or should i use another AD-medication (maybe one ssri instead of ssni? )? 

I am very grateful for any recommendations or support I can get. /David

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Hi David77, welcome to SA!

 

It would be helpful if you could create a signature with your med history, including all drugs, doses and dates (starting and stopping).  You can edit your signature under your Account Settings.  See this topic for more info: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

If you are considering a reinstatement, and venlafaxine was the last med you were on and for three years, then that would be the one to reinstate.  Please be aware that at six months off, there is a risk that it may not work, or may cause an adverse reaction.  Reinstating at a very low dose to begin helps to minimise the risk of severe adverse reactions.  Please read this topic for information about reinstating:

about reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

What withdrawal symptoms are you experiencing and how severe are they?

 

 

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Hi. Im 6 moths in my withdrawal right now and i have big sleeping problems. I thinking of trying Melatonin. Is there any risk that using melatonin can 

prolong or damage the withdrawal-process? Is it better to use Melationen and get my sleep than 

sleep too little and hope it will get better later? What are yur thoughts. I gratefull for all input and help i can get. /David

 

(Post moved from the Melatonin topic so that David's history is in one place)

 

 

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Hi. Im 6 moths in my withdrawal right now and i have big sleeping problems. I thinking of trying Melatonin. Is there any risk that using melatonin can 

prolong or damage the withdrawal-process? Is it better to use Melationen and get my sleep than 

sleep too little and hope it will get better later? What are yur thoughts. I gratefull for all input and help i can get. /David

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Lloyd

Im in the same situation - 6 months into withdrawl. Ive reinstaed 6 beads. Its helped with the horrible anxious feeling and eased up the concentration problems a little but ive got hot flashes all over which is worrying. Its like my body cant tolerate it anymore. 6 beads is about 1.8mg

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6 hours ago, Lloyd said:

Im in the same situation - 6 months into withdrawl. Ive reinstaed 6 beads. Its helped with the horrible anxious feeling and eased up the concentration problems a little but ive got hot flashes all over which is worrying. Its like my body cant tolerate it anymore. 6 beads is about 1.8mg

Ty for answer. So you reinstaed to 1.8 mg venlafaxin? / David

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Altostrata

Welcome, David.

 

How did you feel when you were on Effexor? What is your sleep pattern? Have your symptoms gotten better or worse since you went off?

 

Here's are some topics about sleep and melatonin:

 

Tips to help sleep -- so many of us have that awful withdrawal insomnia

 

Waking with panic or anxiety -- managing cortisol spikes

 

What is the sleep cycle?

 

Melatonin for sleep: Many people find it helpful

 

TV or computer use in evening can disrupt sleep: Bright light signals the brain that it's daytime

 

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14 hours ago, Songbird said:

Hi David77, welcome to SA!

 

It would be helpful if you could create a signature with your med history, including all drugs, doses and dates (starting and stopping).  You can edit your signature under your Account Settings.  See this topic for more info: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

If you are considering a reinstatement, and venlafaxine was the last med you were on and for three years, then that would be the one to reinstate.  Please be aware that at six months off, there is a risk that it may not work, or may cause an adverse reaction.  Reinstating at a very low dose to begin helps to minimise the risk of severe adverse reactions.  Please read this topic for information about reinstating:

about reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

What withdrawal symptoms are you experiencing and how severe are they?

 

 

Ty very mutch for answering. How mutch is a very low dose? The lowest dose i used when i tapered was 37,5 mg (they dont have smaler i think). Ty very mutch for your help.

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2 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Welcome, David.

 

How did you feel when you were on Effexor? What is your sleep pattern? Have your symptoms gotten better or worse since you went off?

 

Here's are some topics about sleep and melatonin:

 

Tips to help sleep -- so many of us have that awful withdrawal insomnia

 

Waking with panic or anxiety -- managing cortisol spikes

 

What is the sleep cycle?

 

Melatonin for sleep: Many people find it helpful

 

TV or computer use in evening can disrupt sleep: Bright light signals the brain that it's daytime

 

Hi. Ty for answering. I have never have problem with my sleeping pattern before. Not when i was on effexor and not before i started to use a.d. My sleeping problems started 4 moths after i quited and the last three weeks it have been worse.

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Do you have any Effexor capsules left? If you open them up, what's inside?

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4 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Do you have any Effexor capsules left? If you open them up, what's inside?

No but i remeber there where smal white "balls" inside the capsules.

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Lloyd

For sleep and claming effect I found chamomile tea helps allot & its the one thing i dont react badly to. Are you sleeping during the day at all? I found if i nap during the day i have a terrible sleep at night.

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Altostrata

David, if I were you, I might try reinstatement of a very small amount. Your system might not like a full dose.

 

Two options: 1) Very low dose Effexor. If you get the 37.5mg capsule, you can take a small portion of the contents. Sometimes it's little beads and sometimes it's mini-tablets inside. If you get the kind with beads inside, you might take 10 beads to start, see how it affects you.

 

2) Otherwise, you might try a low dose of Prozac, maybe 1mg. It comes in a liquid, or you can make your own liquid from the powder in the capsule.

 

Please confer with your doctor to see what kind of prescription you can get, and let us know.

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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

David, if I were you, I might try reinstatement of a very small amount. Your system might not like a full dose.

 

Two options: 1) Very low dose Effexor. If you get the 37.5mg capsule, you can take a small portion of the contents. Sometimes it's little beads and sometimes it's mini-tablets inside. If you get the kind with beads inside, you might take 10 beads to start, see how it affects you.

 

2) Otherwise, you might try a low dose of Prozac, maybe 1mg. It comes in a liquid, or you can make your own liquid from the powder in the capsule.

 

Please confer with your doctor to see what kind of prescription you can get, and let us know.

Ty for answering. Why prozac. Is it good to reinstate another substance. Can i reinstate to an ssri-medication? In that case i get ride of the noradrenalinmedication.

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Effexor is more likely to stop Effexor withdrawal, but some people use Prozac to "bridge" off Effexor, as Prozac is a little easier to taper. Prozac is an SSRI.

 

Perhaps you might try a bit of Effexor first. Can you get regular immediate-release venlafaxine? You can make a liquid from that. You cannot make a liquid from the extended-release beads or mini-tablets.

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14 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Effexor is more likely to stop Effexor withdrawal, but some people use Prozac to "bridge" off Effexor, as Prozac is a little easier to taper. Prozac is an SSRI.

 

Perhaps you might try a bit of Effexor first. Can you get regular immediate-release venlafaxine? You can make a liquid from that. You cannot make a liquid from the extended-release beads or mini-tablets.

I think i just can get capsules of Effexor. So its not dangerous to use an ssri medication? Prozac is not common in Sweden but we have other SSRI. Citalopram is the most common. I belive the serotonin is the biggest problem for me because i used SSRI 15 years and Effexor 3 years (the last three years).

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Altostrata

Your reasoning is incorrect. Your body became dependent on Effexor. Reinstatement of Effexor is most likely to work, but an SSRI might, too.

 

Since you've been off so long, your guess is as good as anybody's. You could try 1mg citalopram, but because it has a shorter half-life than fluoxetine (Prozac), it's a little trickier to taper.

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15 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Your reasoning is incorrect. Your body became dependent on Effexor. Reinstatement of Effexor is most likely to work, but an SSRI might, too.

 

Since you've been off so long, your guess is as good as anybody's. You could try 1mg citalopram, but because it has a shorter half-life than fluoxetine (Prozac), it's a little trickier to taper.

Ok. Ty very mutch for good advice. So fluoxetine is easier to taper? My english is little weak. What means "immediate-release venlafaxine"?

 

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Witch is the easiest way to tapper citalopram? I will take to my doctor on monday so i have to make an descision soon.

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On 6/15/2018 at 8:23 PM, Altostrata said:

David, if I were you, I might try reinstatement of a very small amount. Your system might not like a full dose.

 

Two options: 1) Very low dose Effexor. If you get the 37.5mg capsule, you can take a small portion of the contents. Sometimes it's little beads and sometimes it's mini-tablets inside. If you get the kind with beads inside, you might take 10 beads to start, see how it affects you.

 

2) Otherwise, you might try a low dose of Prozac, maybe 1mg. It comes in a liquid, or you can make your own liquid from the powder in the capsule.

 

Please confer with your doctor to see what kind of prescription you can get, and let us know.

Im so stupid. Was at hospital because to bib anxiety yesterday. They told me to start reinstatement att 75mg. I thought that was to big dose so i took 18.5 mg insted. My anxiety and panic is gone but my skin is burning and i cant sleep. What should i do now. Im really scared. Is this dangerous? Ty again for all help!

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Lloyd

I get the burning skin sensation, it wont hurt you. But yeah you may want to reduce from 18.5mg to something less.

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Altostrata

Reinstatement of Effexor?

 

Yes, that is why we advise taking a very small dose. You might stop taking whatever it is you're taking, let the reaction settle down, and take a lot less, closer to 1mg or 2mg.

 

You can taper citalopram with a liquid, which may be available by prescription in your country, or you can make your own liquid from a tablet.

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