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Can you tell me about Effexor (venlafaxine) XR withdrawal symptoms?

Can you tell me about Effexor (venlafaxine) XR withdrawal symptoms?

Discontinuation sxs: Potential symptoms after stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) include: anxiety, depressed moods, crying, dizziness, paranoia, irritability, drowsiness, restlessness, shaking, headache, ^ sweating, nausea/ vomiting, nightmares, body zaps (electric sensations), shortness of breath, sleep difficulties, fatigue, seizures, irregular heart rate, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Venlafaxine (Definition)

It belong to classification of snri antidepressant also help anxiety start slow go slow its approved for depression and anxiety disorder there are some common side effects important never stop suddenly always taper slowly if you ever ...Read more


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I have bad withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, what to do?

I have bad withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, what to do?

Talk to prescriber: Antidepressants like venlafaxine should be tapered rather than abruptly discontinued. Your doctor has the option of tapering it gradually, or replacing it with another ssri or snri drug, if you were stopped because it was causing problems or was not working. I have sometimes given a single dose of very long-acting fluoxetine (prozac) once a week for 2 weeks and that fized it. See your doctor. ...Read more

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If I want to stop taking Effexor, (venlafaxine) how can I do it without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms?

Speak to your doc: Effexor (venlafaxine) is not a simple drug. In some cases it might be detrimental to your health to stop it abruptly. Your physician will take into consideration the reason you were prescribed this medication and decide if you need continuation of Effexor (venlafaxine). If he/she decides that it is OK to discontinue Effexor (venlafaxine) then a planned reduction in the dose over one or two weeks would be warranted. ...Read more

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Would Suboxone help with withdrawal symptoms from effexor (venlafaxine)?

Would Suboxone help with withdrawal symptoms from effexor (venlafaxine)?

No: Naloxone is an special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines. Effexor (venlafaxine) should be weaned off and you should be fine once the drug is out of your system. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine). If I choose to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?

Concern 4 depression: There can be some very bothersome symptoms from the abrupt discontinuation.Abrupt cessation is not a good idea Also what about the reason that you starting taking the medication in the first place and that is " depression " You should discuss your plan to go off the medication with your psychiatrist and also with a therapist if you also have someone else who is working with you in therapy. ...Read more

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I get a 3 month supply of Effexor tablets I take 225mg. By the end of the bottle I start feeling withdrawal symptoms. Do the tablets lose potency? I

Need to be specific: You need to be more specific about your symptoms--My initial thought would be that these may not be withdrawal symptoms, but excess accumulation of serotonin or one of the other neurotransmitters, A virtual consult would probably be more helpful for your situation. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

Consult on Healthtap: I'd advise contacting a Healthtap doctor in the state where you are located this is a perfect example of a situation telemedicine is perfect for, to get you a prescription for a small amount of a medicine you are maintained on safely. ...Read more

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Tapered off 150 mg of Effexor-XR (had been taking for 9 months) over a 6 week period. One month later still experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Unusual?

Tapered off 150 mg of Effexor-XR (had been taking for 9 months) over a 6 week period. One month later still experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Unusual?

Not unusual: Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the specific drug, how long you were on the drug, and how quick the taper was. For Effexor (venlafaxine) XR it would not be unheard of to have symptoms for 6 weeks or possibly a little longer. Let your MD know that you are still experiencing problems due to the changes. ...Read more

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My pcp has brought me from 150mg, to 75mg, to 0mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) xr. Is this an acceptable way to taper off? I am experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms

Depends on…: What time frame the tapering was done. Contact the doc to express the withdrawl symptoms you're having so s/he can taper you off more slowly. ...Read more

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On Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150 mg and need to wean off. Have not been successful in the past because of horrible withdrawal symptoms. What can I do? What vitamins?

Gradual: Need guidance by physician gradual dosage reduction guided by the emergence with discontinuation symptoms in some circumstances, due to its long half life, using fluoxetine as the agent to use as for the withdrawal process is considered. ...Read more

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Was on effexor (venlafaxine) for 10 years. Helped with dizziness. Stopped 3 yrs ago and still get frequent brain zaps (withdrawal symptoms). Why would I still get?

Was on effexor (venlafaxine) for 10 years. Helped with dizziness.  Stopped 3 yrs ago and still get frequent brain zaps (withdrawal symptoms). Why would I still get?

Not withdrawal: If you stopped the Effexor (venlafaxine) 3 years ago, the " frequent brain zaps" are not withdrawal symptoms. You may need referral to a neurologist to look into the cause and suggest a treatment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can i get withdrawal symptoms from venlafaxine after 10 days?

Can i get withdrawal symptoms from venlafaxine after 10 days?

Highly unlikely: the discontinuation syndrome after stopping SSRI/SNRI drugs generally happens in people who are taking them for months, if not years. However, all things are possible. If the symptoms are distressing or impairing your activities, talk to your doctor about a brief taper of the dose. ...Read more

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Would switching from teva venlafaxine to ran venlafaxine cause withdrawal symptoms ?

Possible: Generic drugs need to be within +/-20% of the bioavailability of the original drug. So theoretically, your new formulation could be providing you with 80% of active molecule of the old one, potentially leading to withdrawal symptoms. Discuss with your prescribing physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Duloxetine discontinuation, now 15mg, tapering from 60mg during last 30 days, switching to low dose venlafaxine?(because of severe withdrawal symptoms).

Duloxetine discontinuation, now 15mg, tapering from 60mg during last 30 days, switching to low dose venlafaxine?(because of severe withdrawal symptoms).

Both are SNRI: Gradually tapering off is the right formula for snri discontinuation. Venlafaxine is the same group snri anti-depressant. Venlafaxine has a good efficiency and safety record. However, you should know that discontinuation can lead to venlafaxine withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

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I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) and did not end up taking it again for another 36 hours. Very nauseas, and diarrhea. Withdrawal symptoms?

I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) and did not end up taking it again for another 36 hours. Very nauseas, and diarrhea. Withdrawal symptoms?

Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) has a short half-life and really needs to be taken every 24 hours (the xr form); or twice a day (the immediate release form). When you don't, you may have serotonin discontinuation symptoms: nausea, abd. Cramping, diarrhea, headache, balance or gait problems, sore joints or muscles, irritability. These symptoms go away within a couple of hours of taking the next dose. ...Read more

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What is it like to suffer from withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal: Sense of discomfort with other physical symptoms depending on the substance u r withdrawing from. ...Read more

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What are some withdrawal symptoms from depressants?

Discontinuation : Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type of antidepressant. The ssris like Prozac and snris (effexor (venlafaxine) and cymbalta) all cause the same type: irritability, lightheadedness, strange sensations when turning one's head, malaise (like a flu without the fever) and even electric shock sensations down the neck, back and extremities. Tca's cause other effects -- diarrhea, runny nose, insomnia.... ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Withdrawal Symptoms (Definition)

Withdrawal symptoms are physical or psychological sx's which can occur when a person ceases to use a substance that they are addicted to. Possible examples might include: nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, ...Read more


Effexor (Definition)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more