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I went cold turkey off effexor(75 mg) 7 weeks ago.

Obviously this was a bad idea. I was fine for about 2 weeks after going off then experienced a resurgence of w/d symptoms about 5 weeks in.

I'm planning to reinstate. Questions:

-This far out, is it necessary to reinstate at the initial dosage? If I'm going to start a lower dose, how am I supposed to decide how low?

-I'm already experiencing severe dysautonomia. At this point, is reinstating going to effective in lessening these symptoms?

 

Thank you <3

 

Edit: I was previously on 75 mg for appx. one year.

August 2012 - Cold turkey'd effexor xr 75mg

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Hi smartgun,

 

I reinstated Effexor 6 weeks after coming off 75mg. I could only tolerate half of my original dose.

2003-2011: Paroxetine,Citalopram,Effexor; Aug/Sept 2011: Effexor to Mirtazapine; Oct 2011: C/T Mirtazapine back to Effexor; Nov/Dec 2011: Fast Tapered Effexor - w/d hell; Feb 2012: Reinstated Effexor 37.5mg; June 2012: Dropped to 35.6mg; Jan 2016: Propranolol 2.5mg per day for general anxiety; Feb 2016: Finasteride 0.25mg per week to slow hair loss; 18th May - 8th June 2019: Started Vyvanse 7.5mg and increased by 7.5mg weekly to 30mg (lowest “therapeutic” dose for adults).; 21st June 2019 - 12th July: Cross tapered from venlafaxine brand Rodomel to Efexor (1/4 > 1/2 > 3/4 weekly before ditching Rodomel); 13th July 2019: Cut Vyvanse dose to 15mg; 15th July 2019: Akathisia returned after years of being free; 16th July 2019: Went back up to Vyvanse 30mg

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Are you taking the XR? How have your symptoms been since reinstatement?

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Welcome, smartgun.

 

Since your nervous system may have adapted somewhat, a partial dose may be all you need. The sooner you reinstate, the more likely reinstatement is to work.

 

It's a gamble; it may not work and if you take too much, may cause worse symptoms. As jr indicated, your system may be sensitized to Effexor now. Going carefully with a low dose and titrating up if need be may save adverse reactions to a higher dose.

 

On the other hand, some people do find they eventually have to go all the way up to the former dose.

 

The idea is to stabilize and taper off more slowly from that reinstated dose. This is advice contained in your Effexor package insert.

 

Were you taking regular Effexor or Effexor XR capsules? Do you have any left?

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Are you taking the XR? How have your symptoms been since reinstatement?

 

Yes, it's the XR form. My symptoms have gotten much better after reinstating. The nausea, diahorrea, morning anxiety, etc all went away. I was left with some restless legs, which got worse after I kept chopping and changing the dose too much. They've improved a lot as I've held on the current dose. They are nothing compared to the symptoms I had before reinstatement.

2003-2011: Paroxetine,Citalopram,Effexor; Aug/Sept 2011: Effexor to Mirtazapine; Oct 2011: C/T Mirtazapine back to Effexor; Nov/Dec 2011: Fast Tapered Effexor - w/d hell; Feb 2012: Reinstated Effexor 37.5mg; June 2012: Dropped to 35.6mg; Jan 2016: Propranolol 2.5mg per day for general anxiety; Feb 2016: Finasteride 0.25mg per week to slow hair loss; 18th May - 8th June 2019: Started Vyvanse 7.5mg and increased by 7.5mg weekly to 30mg (lowest “therapeutic” dose for adults).; 21st June 2019 - 12th July: Cross tapered from venlafaxine brand Rodomel to Efexor (1/4 > 1/2 > 3/4 weekly before ditching Rodomel); 13th July 2019: Cut Vyvanse dose to 15mg; 15th July 2019: Akathisia returned after years of being free; 16th July 2019: Went back up to Vyvanse 30mg

Supplements: Omega-3, Vitamin D, Zinc, Phosphatidylserine 

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Hi Smartgun - i have done the same thing about 4 times!!! - apparently i am a slow learner. The first few times i went back on 75 and then up to 150 (which was my dose) about 4 days later. I settled within about 4 weeks. But that was when i thought it was a relapse of my original condition.

 

I would suggest going to 37.5mg for a couple of weeks - if you don't feel better then maybe you will need to go back to 75mg and stabilise for at least a month of feeling good before beginning the 10% taper schedule.

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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If you are interested you can read my thread my friend, I went off Effexor and the same thing happened to me 5 weeks off..it's a intense drug for w/d symptoms.

2007-2012started Effexor xr 225mg -150mg- Varied2months of Taper,(March 22/2012 Off Med/in W/D)Currently No medicationMarch 22/2012- August 16/2012 - Totally Off Effexor( Rough Rough time) Reinstatement for a week(didn't work)****** New Doctor******* Very nice/helpful and in touch.Tried Zoloft- No successAUGUST 17/2012- STARTED 37.5 EFFEXOR FOR ONE WEEK - NOT GOOD < STOPPED.Started Buspar Oct 11th 2012----10 mg for the first 7 days and then 15mg a day---- Taking a new route----Racing thoughts - Gone.Oct 9th ( Done Zoloft,wellbutrin week project trial to feel better) - OFFICIALLY OFF ANTI DEPRESSANT !Oct 26 - Raised Buspar to 20mg a day- Tolerating wellJan 2nd 2013-

Reduce Buspar until full off march 20th 2015 Off all medication !

Tried natural supplements to no avail

Gluten/sugar free since december 2013

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Thank you for your replies everyone.

 

Welcome, smartgun.

 

Since your nervous system may have adapted somewhat, a partial dose may be all you need. The sooner you reinstate, the more likely reinstatement is to work.

 

It's a gamble; it may not work and if you take too much, may cause worse symptoms. As jr indicated, your system may be sensitized to Effexor now. Going carefully with a low dose and titrating up if need be may save adverse reactions to a higher dose.

 

On the other hand, some people do find they eventually have to go all the way up to the former dose.

 

The idea is to stabilize and taper off more slowly from that reinstated dose. This is advice contained in your Effexor package insert.

 

Were you taking regular Effexor or Effexor XR capsules? Do you have any left?

 

I was on XR Capsules, i'm sure I'm have some left lying around somewhere. I was thinking of reinstating on regular tablets though, just because I divide them easily, and I don't think I can manage counting out tiny granules. I understand tablets have a shorter half-life and need to taken more than once a day, but is there an actual chemical difference between standard effexor and XR capsules?

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if you take 75mg of regular effexor, you need to take 37.5 in the morning and 37.5 in the evening.

i did take regular effexor for a while, but i felt more stable on XR - you can get 37.5mg XR capsules too

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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You could buy a jewellers milligram scale and weigh out the XR beads like I do.

2003-2011: Paroxetine,Citalopram,Effexor; Aug/Sept 2011: Effexor to Mirtazapine; Oct 2011: C/T Mirtazapine back to Effexor; Nov/Dec 2011: Fast Tapered Effexor - w/d hell; Feb 2012: Reinstated Effexor 37.5mg; June 2012: Dropped to 35.6mg; Jan 2016: Propranolol 2.5mg per day for general anxiety; Feb 2016: Finasteride 0.25mg per week to slow hair loss; 18th May - 8th June 2019: Started Vyvanse 7.5mg and increased by 7.5mg weekly to 30mg (lowest “therapeutic” dose for adults).; 21st June 2019 - 12th July: Cross tapered from venlafaxine brand Rodomel to Efexor (1/4 > 1/2 > 3/4 weekly before ditching Rodomel); 13th July 2019: Cut Vyvanse dose to 15mg; 15th July 2019: Akathisia returned after years of being free; 16th July 2019: Went back up to Vyvanse 30mg

Supplements: Omega-3, Vitamin D, Zinc, Phosphatidylserine 

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I tried reinstating at a lower dose with no luck. Aggravated withdrawal symptoms, with added severe nausea, and was so freaking high that it was extremely uncomfortable.

 

Withdrawal symptoms have waned in severity to some degree... but are still present. Pretty unpleasant.

 

I've had to put off establishing work/school/social life etc. while I'm recovering. It makes me pretty sad, because life feels pretty empty at the moment. I'm turning 21 next week, and pretty much all I've done for the past year is sit around at home doing nothing.

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Hi Smartgun,

What dose did you reinstate on? How long did you take it? Reinstatement doesn't always work, for me it took 4 weeks to feel consistently better, although somedays i felt some improvement, other days felt worse.

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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Peggy:

I should have not used the word "reinstated". I only tried taking one dose, 12.5 mg specifically.

 

I am a loss as to what to do at this part. I'm incredibly afraid of taking it again. I wonder if I have done permanent damage to myself.

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I am a loss as to what to do at this part. I'm incredibly afraid of taking it again. I wonder if I have done permanent damage to myself.

 

Just watching here. Just want to help you out here..... "permanent damage" is unlikely especially because of the short time you've been on it.

 

I'd liken it to having the crap scared out of you by the local neighborhood bully. You have had things shaken up and it might take awhile to settle down and feel normal & confident. Don't give in to the bully. Listen to the good advice here. Fear is a bully's best friend. Try to stay calm.

 

ps. And without doubt you sould definitely postpone the latest trend of the all night get drunk 'til you puke and almost die from alcohol poisoning right of passage to "I'm 21"

next week. Bad idea anytime but considering .... it could really mess the effexor thing up.

Fall 1995 xanax, zoloft. switched to Serzone

1996- spring 2003serzone/ xanax/ lightbox.

b]Fall 2003- Fall 2004? Lexapro 10 mg. Light box /4 mg. xanax.[/b]

2004 - Fall of 2009 10 mg Lex, 150 mg Wellbutrin XL % 4 mg xanax

November 2009- Sept. 2011 10 mg lex., 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax [/b

Sept.2012- July 2012 20 mg Lex 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax

My mantra " go slow & with the flow "

3/2/13.. Began equal dosing 5 Xs /day xanax, while simultaneously incorporating a 2.5 % drop ( from 3.5 mg/day to 3.4 mg/day)

4/6/13 dropped from 300 mg. Wellbutrin XL to 150 mg. Difficult but DONE! Down to 3.3 mg xanax/ day / 6/10/13 3 mg xanax/day; 7/15/2013 2.88mg xanax/day.

10/ 1/2013...... 2.5 mg xanax… ( switched to tablets again) WOO HOO!!!!!! Holding here… cont. with Lexapro.

1/ 2/2014.. tapered to 18mg ( by weight) of a 26 mg ( by weight) pill of 20 mg tab. lexapro. goal is 13mg (by weight OR 10 mg by ingredient content) and STOPPED. Feeling very down with unbalanced, unpredictable WD symptoms.

1/2/2014- ??? Taking a brain-healing break from tapering anything after actively tapering something for 1.5 years. So… daily doses as of 2/2/2014: 18 mg by weight Lex, 150 mg Well. XL, 2.5 mg xanax, down from 26 mg by weight Lex., 300 mg well. XL, 4 mg xanax in August, 2012. I'll take it. :) 5/8/14 started equivalent dose liquid./ tabs. 5/13/14 1.5 % cut.

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I am a loss as to what to do at this part. I'm incredibly afraid of taking it again. I wonder if I have done permanent damage to myself.

 

Just watching here. Just want to help you out here..... "permanent damage" is unlikely anytime but especially because of the short time you've been on it and your youth.

 

I'd liken it to having the crap scared out of you by the local neighborhood bully. You have had things shaken up and it might take awhile to settle down and feel normal & confident. Don't give in to the bully. Listen to the good advice here. Fear is a bully's best friend. Try to stay calm.

 

Ps. Skip the all night alcohol binge on your 21st birthday :blink: just makes things worse.

Fall 1995 xanax, zoloft. switched to Serzone

1996- spring 2003serzone/ xanax/ lightbox.

b]Fall 2003- Fall 2004? Lexapro 10 mg. Light box /4 mg. xanax.[/b]

2004 - Fall of 2009 10 mg Lex, 150 mg Wellbutrin XL % 4 mg xanax

November 2009- Sept. 2011 10 mg lex., 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax [/b

Sept.2012- July 2012 20 mg Lex 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax

My mantra " go slow & with the flow "

3/2/13.. Began equal dosing 5 Xs /day xanax, while simultaneously incorporating a 2.5 % drop ( from 3.5 mg/day to 3.4 mg/day)

4/6/13 dropped from 300 mg. Wellbutrin XL to 150 mg. Difficult but DONE! Down to 3.3 mg xanax/ day / 6/10/13 3 mg xanax/day; 7/15/2013 2.88mg xanax/day.

10/ 1/2013...... 2.5 mg xanax… ( switched to tablets again) WOO HOO!!!!!! Holding here… cont. with Lexapro.

1/ 2/2014.. tapered to 18mg ( by weight) of a 26 mg ( by weight) pill of 20 mg tab. lexapro. goal is 13mg (by weight OR 10 mg by ingredient content) and STOPPED. Feeling very down with unbalanced, unpredictable WD symptoms.

1/2/2014- ??? Taking a brain-healing break from tapering anything after actively tapering something for 1.5 years. So… daily doses as of 2/2/2014: 18 mg by weight Lex, 150 mg Well. XL, 2.5 mg xanax, down from 26 mg by weight Lex., 300 mg well. XL, 4 mg xanax in August, 2012. I'll take it. :) 5/8/14 started equivalent dose liquid./ tabs. 5/13/14 1.5 % cut.

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It wasn't on Effexor at the time, but I reinstated ADs (generic Zoloft and Wellbutrin) in 2008 after about 4 months when I got really bad withdrawal symptoms. I started with a quarter dose, then half, then full. I felt really jittery and wired, on top of the anxiety I was feeling. I had been prescribed clonazepam for the anxiety and used that at a low dose for about a month until I stabilized. I was then stable for another two years.

 

I don't recommed using benzos to get back on, since that could have complications, but what you felt from one dose might not be representative of how you'll feel once you stabilize. It MIGHT be worth a try at an even lower dose, and hold on for at least a week or so to see if you improve.

 

All this so you can then do a looooong, sloooow taper and hopefully avoid withdrawal hell.

 

I took Effexor for a short time around 2003 and remember getting off of it being pure hell.

'94-'08 On/off ADs. Mostly Zoloft & Wellbutrin, but also Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.
6/08 quit Z & W after tapering, awful anxiety 3 mos. later, reinstated.
11/10 CTed. Severe anxiety 3 mos. later & @ 8 mos. much worse (set off by metronidazole). Anxiety, depression, anhedonia, DP, DR, dizziness, severe insomnia, high serum AM cortisol, flu-like feelings, muscle discomfort.
9/11-9/12 Waves and windows of recovery.
10/12 Awful relapse, DP/DR. Hydrocortisone?
11/12 Improved fairly quickly even though relapse was one of worst waves ever.

1/13 Best I've ever felt.

3/13 A bit of a relapse... then faster and shorter waves and windows.

4/14 Have to watch out for triggers, but feel completely normal about 80% of the time.

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smartgun, it sounds like reinstating Effexor is not going to work for you. I'm sorry, it doesn't always work.

 

It's unknown if something like Prozac or Celexa would help either.

 

You didn't do permanent damage, you need to let your nervous system settle down. Patience is pretty much the whole story in dealing with withdrawal syndrome. We've got some suggestions about how to deal with symptoms in the Symptoms forum.

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I thank you for your replies.

 

It's been about 2 1/2 months, still in withdrawal hell.

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I thank you for your replies.

 

It's been about 2 1/2 months, still in withdrawal hell.

 

 

Just hang in there it get's better everyday, i made it to 5 months of withdrawl off 150mg that i was on for over 6years. I caved as I couldn't take it any longer, wish I would have waiting, but i was tired, exhausted and had nothing left. Now I am stuck on the med ferris wheel, hoping to get off someday.

 

I've heard alot of people feel better after the 6month mark of withdrawl but everyone is different, stay on track now that you are on nothing and give updates, how you are sleeping, u have anxiety??

 

Let us now please.

2007-2012started Effexor xr 225mg -150mg- Varied2months of Taper,(March 22/2012 Off Med/in W/D)Currently No medicationMarch 22/2012- August 16/2012 - Totally Off Effexor( Rough Rough time) Reinstatement for a week(didn't work)****** New Doctor******* Very nice/helpful and in touch.Tried Zoloft- No successAUGUST 17/2012- STARTED 37.5 EFFEXOR FOR ONE WEEK - NOT GOOD < STOPPED.Started Buspar Oct 11th 2012----10 mg for the first 7 days and then 15mg a day---- Taking a new route----Racing thoughts - Gone.Oct 9th ( Done Zoloft,wellbutrin week project trial to feel better) - OFFICIALLY OFF ANTI DEPRESSANT !Oct 26 - Raised Buspar to 20mg a day- Tolerating wellJan 2nd 2013-

Reduce Buspar until full off march 20th 2015 Off all medication !

Tried natural supplements to no avail

Gluten/sugar free since december 2013

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I thank you for your replies.

 

It's been about 2 1/2 months, still in withdrawal hell.

 

 

Just hang in there it get's better everyday, i made it to 5 months of withdrawl off 150mg that i was on for over 6years. I caved as I couldn't take it any longer, wish I would have waiting, but i was tired, exhausted and had nothing left. Now I am stuck on the med ferris wheel, hoping to get off someday.

 

I've heard alot of people feel better after the 6month mark of withdrawl but everyone is different, stay on track now that you are on nothing and give updates, how you are sleeping, u have anxiety??

 

Let us now please.

 

 

I find it very difficult to sleep, when trying to fall asleep I have "jolts" of pain throughout my body

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Are you taking omega-3 fish oil and magnesium? Melatonin may help sleep, too. See the Symptoms and Self-Care forum for info.

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Are you taking omega-3 fish oil and magnesium? Melatonin may help sleep, too. See the Symptoms and Self-Care forum for info.

 

I have them, guess it couldn't hurt to try.

 

Today is day 90 since stopping effexor.

What's worst is the migraines, there is nothing I can take that offers any kind of relief from them.

 

Something I have noted, is that I have not been able to find a single successful "cold turkey" withdrawal story from effexor online. I've found a few for paxil here and there, but zero for effexor. Has ANYBODY heard of someone surviving c/t from effexor?

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I know somebody who did. It was his second time on it. The first time he did a slow taper over the course of several months.

The second time he was only on it for a month and went off cold turkey. Hes ok now, bit he really went through hell for quite a while.

2001 september - Effexor XR 75 mg, Seroquel 250 mg
2001 november - Effexor XR 150 mg
2003 - Replaced Seroquel with 20 mg Nozinan
2005 - Discontinued anti-psycotic medications for good
2009 january - Started having panic attacks
2009 - split 150 mg Effexor XR into 75 mg twice daily
2010 - Occasionally Clonazapam and Adivan for panic attacks
2012 - Realization that Effexor no longer works, and may even be having adverse reactions to it.
2012 October 18 - Begin slow taper (1 bead removed from each morning and evening 75mg capsule), February 18, 2013 - 140 beads per pill (X2 per day) (About 65%), 2013 November 16 - 70 beads per pill (X2 per day) (32.5%), 2014 September - 27 beads per pill (X2 per day) (12.5%) November 2 2015 - 1 bead per day (0.23% of original dose) and SLOWLY spacing doses out 25 hours, then 26, 28, currently 29hrs
November 2014 at 200mg Welbutrin

February 21st, 2016 - Last dose of Effexor forever

Monday, March 7, 2016 - Started decreasing Wellbutrin, currently at >25mg once a day

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Yes, people survive cold turkey. It can take quite a while for your nervous system to heal, but it does heal.

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I went off effexor xr cold turkey in October 2011 and am doing pretty well now. I did take magnesium for several months and I think it helped. I always take 4 fish oil capsules anyhow so maybe that helped too. This site was a lifeline for me. I honestly cannot remember all the details of my journey but you can look up my past posts if you want to. I think the physical symptoms were pretty bad in the first couple of months but subsided fairly well; I have exercised for years and continued that and do to this day. My emotional state presented bigger problems for me and I think I am finally beginning to even out. By the way, I was on Effexor xr for over 10 years and the highest dose was 150mg. I went off c/t not on purpose (at least consciously) but had tried to go off several times and always went back on when I became irritable when I was working (I am now retired so that makes it easier too). I also have lost about 40 pounds with no effort since I am off effexor. Now I learn that weight gain on effexor is not uncommon. I was binging like mad on the drug. Now I can eat moderate amounts of candy, ice cream etc and stop when I want to. Hope that lasts. Well, hope this of some hope to you. And again, this site was a wonderful anchoring place for me during the year after I went c/t.

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I went off effexor xr cold turkey in October 2011 and am doing pretty well now. I did take magnesium for several months and I think it helped. I always take 4 fish oil capsules anyhow so maybe that helped too. This site was a lifeline for me. I honestly cannot remember all the details of my journey but you can look up my past posts if you want to. I think the physical symptoms were pretty bad in the first couple of months but subsided fairly well; I have exercised for years and continued that and do to this day. My emotional state presented bigger problems for me and I think I am finally beginning to even out. By the way, I was on Effexor xr for over 10 years and the highest dose was 150mg. I went off c/t not on purpose (at least consciously) but had tried to go off several times and always went back on when I became irritable when I was working (I am now retired so that makes it easier too). I also have lost about 40 pounds with no effort since I am off effexor. Now I learn that weight gain on effexor is not uncommon. I was binging like mad on the drug. Now I can eat moderate amounts of candy, ice cream etc and stop when I want to. Hope that lasts. Well, hope this of some hope to you. And again, this site was a wonderful anchoring place for me during the year after I went c/t.

 

Thank you so much. I needed to see that. That somewhat mitigates my panic :S

August 2012 - Cold turkey'd effexor xr 75mg

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I went off effexor xr cold turkey in October 2011 and am doing pretty well now. I did take magnesium for several months and I think it helped. I always take 4 fish oil capsules anyhow so maybe that helped too. This site was a lifeline for me. I honestly cannot remember all the details of my journey but you can look up my past posts if you want to. I think the physical symptoms were pretty bad in the first couple of months but subsided fairly well; I have exercised for years and continued that and do to this day. My emotional state presented bigger problems for me and I think I am finally beginning to even out. By the way, I was on Effexor xr for over 10 years and the highest dose was 150mg. I went off c/t not on purpose (at least consciously) but had tried to go off several times and always went back on when I became irritable when I was working (I am now retired so that makes it easier too). I also have lost about 40 pounds with no effort since I am off effexor. Now I learn that weight gain on effexor is not uncommon. I was binging like mad on the drug. Now I can eat moderate amounts of candy, ice cream etc and stop when I want to. Hope that lasts. Well, hope this of some hope to you. And again, this site was a wonderful anchoring place for me during the year after I went c/t.

 

Thank you so much. I needed to see that. That somewhat mitigates my panic :S

 

 

Hey, I hope you are doing well with your effexor w/d i am sure the worst is probably hitting you right now, i hope not. I just know for myself 4-6 month mark were the worst and i gave up, but don't give in at this point, you are strong and can hold in there. I think alot of people don't post recovery storys cause they just want to forget about the pain they went through. keep us update on how you are doing, id love to hear, and yes i had every pain under the sun, still do at times.

 

 

ttyl and take care of yourself

2007-2012started Effexor xr 225mg -150mg- Varied2months of Taper,(March 22/2012 Off Med/in W/D)Currently No medicationMarch 22/2012- August 16/2012 - Totally Off Effexor( Rough Rough time) Reinstatement for a week(didn't work)****** New Doctor******* Very nice/helpful and in touch.Tried Zoloft- No successAUGUST 17/2012- STARTED 37.5 EFFEXOR FOR ONE WEEK - NOT GOOD < STOPPED.Started Buspar Oct 11th 2012----10 mg for the first 7 days and then 15mg a day---- Taking a new route----Racing thoughts - Gone.Oct 9th ( Done Zoloft,wellbutrin week project trial to feel better) - OFFICIALLY OFF ANTI DEPRESSANT !Oct 26 - Raised Buspar to 20mg a day- Tolerating wellJan 2nd 2013-

Reduce Buspar until full off march 20th 2015 Off all medication !

Tried natural supplements to no avail

Gluten/sugar free since december 2013

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Effexor withdrawal is absolutely brutal.

I cannot believe I have been living in this state for this long.

Managing stress and emotions is becoming seemingly more and more difficult.

I'm having frequent panic attacks, crying breakdowns, and rage meltdowns. I am constantly depersonalized/derealized.

I can't seem to sleep except at odd hours, like from 10 am - 6 pm

 

I've also been having what feels like periodic cluster headaches. Intense, radiating pain from directly behind my right eye. The pain even radiates down my spine.

 

I am lost, angry, confused, scared, and sad, all at the same time. I feel like I should do something. I don't know if I should do something. I can't sit still. I have to sit still (My thoughts race like this)

 

The unending vertigo/dizziness is like the final kick in the balls to top it all off.

August 2012 - Cold turkey'd effexor xr 75mg

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Some good news. Have a new a doctor that is a naturopath. Being very helpful. Working on nutrition and correcting my sleeping habits.

August 2012 - Cold turkey'd effexor xr 75mg

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Looks like you've had some ups and downs today, sg. I hope you're feeling better.

 

What kind of advice did your new doctor give you?

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She wants to have bloodwork and other testing done to make sure conditions like food allergies, hyperthyroidism, etc aren't exacerbating my symptoms.

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Those are good ideas.

 

Watch out if she suggests any expensive supplements.

 

Does she understand you have withdrawal symptoms?

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Those are good ideas.

 

Watch out if she suggests any expensive supplements.

 

Does she understand you have withdrawal symptoms?

 

Yes. Besides vitamin d, she is not having me take anything beyond what I already intended on taking, which is omega-3 and magnesium.

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If she understands tapering and you feel you can recommend her, you might add her contact info to our list http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/988-recommended-doctors-therapists-or-clinics/

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