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I’m new to the site and go by PDRE.  I’m currently weaning off of Venlafaxine XR.  I’m now to 37.5mg of regular   I saw on another site to stay in the caps and count granules, but I shake, vision plays a part and I suffer numbness in my prominent hand, also anxiety ( Some symptoms due to other issues, although the drug prob makes it worse; as I’m finding out). My doctor did this so I can cut them.  I just really need support and guidance.  Ty   I’m looking forward to meeting and learning. 
 

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Welcome to SA, PDRE.  You will find the members and moderators here very sympathetic and supportive.  You have come to the right place.

 

We recommend tapering no more than 10% of you current dose every four weeks.  What was your original dose and how fast have you tapered so far?  Do you have any withdrawal symptoms?

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

If I understand you correctly, your doctor switched you from XR to immediate release so you could taper by cutting the pill.

Is that correct?  

 

This link is specifically about tapering Ven, including information about tapering immediate release.

 

Tips for tapering off Effexor (venlafaxine)

 

To taper by cutting the tablet, you will need a jeweler's scale.  Many members use the AWS Gemini-20 scale, available on Amazon.


The GEMINI-20 Scale

 

Using a digital scale to measure doses

 

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. 

 

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 

 

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 

 

 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 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 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of Feb. 23: 16.0mgai.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (0.44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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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Hi and welcome @PDRE this site is full of useful information.

2015 - Venlafaxine 37.5mg, Nortriptyline 10mg, Diazepam 5mg.
2016 - Prozac 20mg.
2017 - Fluoxetine 20mg,  Venlafaxine 37.5mg, Sodium Valproate 500mg, Alprazolam 2mg, Lamotrigine 100mg.
2018 - Escitaloprám 10 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sodium Valproate 500mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2019 - Oxazepam 15 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2020 - Oxazepam 15 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2020 - January - Tapered Abilify and Sertraline over 30 days.

2020 - January - Supplements; Fish oil, GABA, L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Valerian.

 

Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.

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On 1/22/2020 at 8:00 PM, PDRE said:

I’m currently weaning off of Venlafaxine XR.

Good idea IMHO - Venlafaxine XR caused me to enter a manic phase which then led to me being put on anti-psychotics which caused their own problems.  Good luck with your taper.

2015 - Venlafaxine 37.5mg, Nortriptyline 10mg, Diazepam 5mg.
2016 - Prozac 20mg.
2017 - Fluoxetine 20mg,  Venlafaxine 37.5mg, Sodium Valproate 500mg, Alprazolam 2mg, Lamotrigine 100mg.
2018 - Escitaloprám 10 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sodium Valproate 500mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2019 - Oxazepam 15 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2020 - Oxazepam 15 mg, Abilify 10mg, Sertraline 100mg.
2020 - January - Tapered Abilify and Sertraline over 30 days.

2020 - January - Supplements; Fish oil, GABA, L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Valerian.

 

Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.

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