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how to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

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Dr. Shariq Refai
13 years experience Psychiatry
Common: commonly can cause discontinuation syndrome. best to come off of it slowly. discuss this option with your physician as stopping it abruptly can lead to discontinuation syndrome.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Samuel Miles
47 years experience Psychiatry
At some point your doctor may prescribe a longer acting drug, like Prozac, for a short time, if you have discontinuation symptoms despite the slow taper.
Nov 23, 2014
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
22 years experience Psychiatry
Titrate: Talk to your doctor to see about a discontinuation plan. Slowly decrease your dosage until you are off the medication.
Answered on Jun 12, 2017
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Effexor (venlafaxine) taper: Depending on current dose & how long you've been on it, slow taper under direction of your doctor is advised.
Answered on May 19, 2015

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