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Effexor Withdrawal Symptoms
Discontinuation sxs: Potential symptoms after stopping Effexor 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
Venlafaxine (effexor) is an snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor xr is sometimes used for panic disorders. It can cause nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness. & hypertension. Seizures have been reported. Be careful not ...Read more
How long should I wein off Effexor 75mg for until I can be Effexor free without withdrawal symptoms, last time I tried was hell..?
Speak to your doc: Effexor 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. If he/she decides that it is OK to discontinue Effexor then a planned reduction in the dose over one or two weeks would be warranted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I take Effexor daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?
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 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
My pcp has brought me from 150mg, to 75mg, to 0mg of Effexor 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
On Effexor 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?
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