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Shaman: How long for Venlafaxine to get out of my system ?


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Hey everybody just enjoyed this forum :)

 

I was recently taking Venlafaxine took 75mg's for a week and then took 150mg's for 4 weeks.

Didn't feel 1 bit of a difference on it, and every other depressant i´ve taken. 

 

I was experiencing extreme social anxiety this summer for the first time for no reason.  Maybe

due to heavy marijuana smoking, one of the factors for sure.  Have not smoked in 4 months

now.  Interestingly what ended that torture was a 5 gram Magic mushrooms trip of Liberty caps.

More and more study's are showing it's benefits on mental health.  When i took the shrooms

i was on Venlafaxine, and antidepressants are known to minimize the effects of psychadelics,

so the trip could have been far more greater and beneficial.

 

13 days after the trip i instantly stopped taking my medication.  Many people say it's a living hell

quitting Venlafaxine.  Luckily i didn't feel any withdrawal symptoms.

 

So my question is:  How long will it take the Venlafaxine to completely leave my body. 

 

P.S. 6 days since i stopped taking Venlafaxine

 

Love & Peace, Shaman  :D

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The Venlafaxine is probably already out of your body as it has a short half-life, approximately 15 hours.  However, the problem with antidepressants is that they change the structure of the central nervous system, including the brain.  Those changes remain long after the drug is out of one's system and it can take some time for the CNS to right itself. Venlafaxine is also notorious for delayed withdrawal reactions, sometimes as long as four or five months after a person stops taking the drug.

 

Without knowing your history of psychiatric drug use, it's not possible to give good advice.  Please put your drug history in your signature:

 

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And if I were you, I'd refrain from smoking marijuana or playing with psychedelics for the next few months.  If you do end up in withdrawal, there won't be a way for you to tell if that's what it is or if it's just a bad trip. Plus adding other drugs to a history of antidepressant use is a sure-fire way to keep your CNS out of balance.

 

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Hey gold star thanks for the answer

 

Holyyy **** i stopped taking Venlafaxine after a 4-5 month use in January, i stopped it instantly and didn't feel anything, and then 3 months later i got

anxious as ****.  It's hard to know, but could that be the Venlafaxine ??

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Yup.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

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Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

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Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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See my post above. Antidepressants change the physical structure of your central nervous system.  When the drug is gone from the body, the CNS begins repair work in fits and starts.  This process is unpredictable and nonlinear.

 

Venlafaxine is notorious for delayed withdrawal.  I have no idea why.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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