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Rachel: Needing Effexor withdrawal help!


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Help! I've been on a 10% taper for about a year now. Each taper is 3 weeks long. This past weekend I missed Friday's dosage and then not realizing it I missed again on Sunday.


Monday, I drove myself into work and realized I was having withdrawal/anxiety blackouts basically the entirety of my drive. Was only able to stay at work for an hour before having to call it quits and go home to medicate (medical marijuana) and sleep it off once I got my days dosage in. 


Tuesday, I woke up in a panic. Proceeded to get myself ready for work and by the time I was half finished I couldnt go any further because the withdrawals and anxiety.  I spent the next 1.5 hr crying and waiting for the 1.5 xanax to kick in before passing out and sleeping it off. 


Today, Wednesday, I woke up 2 hours before my actual wake up time and took half a xanax to try to combat the anxiety.  2 hours later, the anxiety is still there. I get myself through a shower, focusing on breathing and singing a positive song in my head. Only to get out and end up vomiting from the anxiety/withdrawal symptoms.  


I have miss the last 3 days of work due to withdrawals and the severe anxiety that comes with. Someone people help me with some advice?!

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Welcome to SA, RaeClaire.


Those two missed doses certainly contributed to your symptoms.  Also you are tapering too fast.  We recommend tapering by no more that 10% of current dose every four weeks.  Your every-three-week taper over the course of a year has likely created a backlog of withdrawal symptoms that was brought into play by your two missed doses.




When we take medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.


To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Please include your taper dates and your current dose.
Once we're received your signature, we will be in a better position to advise you.  For now, do not taper any further.  It may be necessary to updose a small dosage, but don't do anything until we're can advise you.
We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 




Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask and answer questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.


Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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