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Is there another drug that I can be switched to from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR without going through withdrawal that I have read about on line. ?

Is there another drug that I can be switched to from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR without going through withdrawal that I have read about on line. ?

Yes.: Switching from effexor (venlafaxine) to another antidepressant is generally accomplished by doing a "cross taper" - starting the new med at a low dose and decreasing the effexor (venlafaxine) a bit with a gradual decline in the effexor (venlafaxine) and increase in the new med. This generally avoids any of the withdrawal effects. P.S. not all patients have withdrawal effects from antidepressants. ...Read more

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Why does someone go through withdrawal if they still have nicotine (e.g. in patch form)?

Why does someone go through withdrawal if they still have nicotine (e.g. in patch form)?

Patch has lower dose: Generally the patch is a lower dose than what you are getting in cigarettes and so you experience some symptoms, though they are much attenuated. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How difficult is going through cocaine withdrawal?

How difficult is going through cocaine withdrawal?

VERY!: Any withdrawal is very difficult! you should be in a rehab facility at least! as they are professionals trained to guide patients through the arduous process. ...Read more

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I am going through caffeine withdrawal, suggestions?

I am going through caffeine withdrawal, suggestions?

Caffeine taper: I never recommend abrupt cessation of caffeine, because the headaches can be very severe and impair normal function. Cutting back on caffeine gradually, by eliminating one serving a day every 3-4 days, so if you drink 6 cups of coffee (week 1 - 5 cups for 3 days, 4 cups for 4 days, week 2 - 3 cups for 3 days, 2 cups for 4 days) etc. Will taper you off over a couple of weeks, and that is best way. ...Read more

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Am i going through Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal? What are the signs?

Am i going through Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal? What are the signs?

Possibly: It is very common, xanax (alprazolam) is highly addictive and causes withdrawal relatively easy. Symptoms would include anxiety, cravings, maybe tremors, maybe insomnia, and other symptoms including seizures potentially. Consult your dr. Get help, call aa/na or 1855detox-00 if you need help stopping. Good luck. ...Read more

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