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Hi all,

 

I finished my Effexor taper about 2 months ago and have mostly recovered from the (heinous) withdrawal. I still get the occasional zap and headache, and my temper is terrible, but the worst symptoms are fading. However, over the last few days I've started getting major head rushes whenever I stand up, sometimes to the extent that my vision blurs for a few seconds. I'm in good shape, I eat well and work out regularly etc. so it's not a diet or fitness issue. Has anyone else experienced this symptom? I can't exactly explain why but it feels tied to the drugs and withdrawal as opposed to anything else.

 

Apologies if this is covered anywhere else - I did try searching the site and couldn't see anything.

 

Thanks,

Larry

Trazodone, citalopram, effexor survivor 

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On 6/4/2022 at 3:03 AM, LarryR said:

Hi all,

 

I finished my Effexor taper about 2 months ago and have mostly recovered from the (heinous) withdrawal. I still get the occasional zap and headache, and my temper is terrible, but the worst symptoms are fading. However, over the last few days I've started getting major head rushes whenever I stand up, sometimes to the extent that my vision blurs for a few seconds. I'm in good shape, I eat well and work out regularly etc. so it's not a diet or fitness issue. Has anyone else experienced this symptom? I can't exactly explain why but it feels tied to the drugs and withdrawal as opposed to anything else.

 

Apologies if this is covered anywhere else - I did try searching the site and couldn't see anything.

 

Thanks,

Larry

Hi @Larry

Sorry to hear you are going through a tough patch. You are in good hands here. 
 

How did you taper?

 

Sending you healing thoughts. 
 

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Hi NB, I tapered a few mg at a time with the ball method, so I divided the number of balls in each pill by a half every 3 weeks approximately

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It sounds like you tapered too fast. How tolerable or intolerable are your current symptoms?

 

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Hi Altostrata, my symptoms are as described in the original post. The details of my taper are pretty irrelevant given how long its been since I completely stopped. It might have been too fast, but venlafaxine has a very short half-life so I don't think you can really make that judgement. I was just asking the community if they had experienced any symptoms similar to my own, that's all. If you didn't experience these symptoms yourself then please feel free to move on.

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3 hours ago, LarryR said:

The details of my taper are pretty irrelevant

I think you’ll find that in order to give you help the extremely experienced mods will find the details of your taper completely relevant. If you give these details they will be in a position to help you / offer advice. They have probably seen every withdrawal symptom there is and only with full information can they help. 
 

Telling people who are giving up their time to help you to “move on” is not the most productive way to get the help you have asked for.

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