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What Happens When You Stop Taking Effexor
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.See 2 more doctor answers
How could I live as before without pain. I got fibro 4 months ago& I am taking lyrica&effexor 75.I am better but still in pain. Stop my suffering please?
I have been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a couple years and I have gained over 35lbs this year can I take a medication that will stop this weight gain?
If only....: So many people wish there was such a thing. There's little but switching to a different drug or changing doses but please consider adding therapy. It might be that w/ the addition you'll not need the drug or not as much or as long. Talk to the Dr who gave it and ask for referral to a good CBT therapist to deal w/ the side effect. Best!
Yes, but...: Be aware of the discontinuation syndrome: increased irritability, malaise, strange sensations when turning your head, electric shock sensations down the neck or back, lightheadedness. Taper the dose very slowly. Better yet, recruit the prescriber who put you on it to help you decide whether to get off it and to help you get off it if the two of you believe it is in your best interest.See 1 more doctor answer
Days: The half life (how long it takes for half of the drug to be metabolized) of the parent compound is 5 hours and the active metabolite is 11 hours. It takes about 5 half lives for the drug to be fully metabolized. Thus it should be less than 3 days before the drug is completely metabolized and thus the effects to be gone. I hope this helps.
Is it possible to have no side affects with stoping effexor (venlafaxine)? I've had no withdrawals and it's been 2 days. I had to stop and decrease as I'm allergic
I have only taken Effexor (venlafaxine) for 1 week low dose 37.5mg side effects are driving me crazy can I just stop taking it or do I have to wein off?
Depression, Effexor (venlafaxine): I understand your discomfort. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a medication for treatment of depression. 37.5 mg./day is low dose for treatment of depression. Please see your psychiatrist for present symptoms, Effexor (venlafaxine) effects and treatment including psychotherapy.See 1 more doctor answer
What do u mean by titrating meds from lower doses. I used to take effexor&lyrica 75mg one pill/day each coz of fibromyalgia. I used 2 stop meds 3months?
Talk to doc.: It is best to speak to the prescribing physician! Lyrica (pregabalin) is often begun at 75 mg twice daily for fibromyalgia. Effexor is often titrated, at least the xr formulation, beginning at 37.5 for one week, then 75mg for one week before further titration depending on the target dose.See 2 more doctor answers
I have a sister on Effexor (venlafaxine) she finds it good would I be able to go straight on to Effexor (venlafaxine) XL or will I have to stop lustral first?
Don't take both: Both drugs are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (the same mechanism) so do not take them at the same time. You can switch from one to the other if you think Effexor (venlafaxine) may work better. Talk to your prescribing doctor about how s/he wants you to make the transition to the new drug. Also, medication alone is not optimal treatment for depression. Psychotherapy should be part of your treatment plan.
More info: Sweating can be a side effect of Effexor xr/venlafaxine. If you just started the medication, it may lessen with additional time. If the dose was quickly titrated up or started at a higher amount, a lower dose may help lessen the side effect. If none of this applies i.e. You've been on it a while ; on low dose, then the question is benefits vs. Problems as the sweating may be an ongoing side effect.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
I been taking. 5 mg of ativan for about 2 mos. If I stop will I have withdrawal or do I need to taper? I also started back taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for 1 mo now
Taper: I suggest talking with your own doctor about tapering this medicine, especially if you've been using it daily.See 1 more doctor answer
Been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5 mg for only 3 days made depression worse. Can I stop without withdrawl. My doc is on holidays can't follow up with him?
Medication: You need to give the medication up to two weeks to see if effective. Give it some time.
I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for almost two years I suddenly stop to use wellbutrin to quit smoking as well I'm very emotional and just not feeling mysel?
Stopping smoking: Even with the help of Wellbutrin, stopping smoking can be difficult in terms of feeling emotional and irritable. Put that together with a sudden discontinuation of Effexor (venlafaxine) and you have double the emotional stress. Antidepressants, especially Effexor (venlafaxine), should not be stopped suddenly. Speak with your doctor about weaning off while starting Wellbutrin.See 1 more doctor answer
19 yr. Old stops taking Effexor (venlafaxine) and her sex hormones drop to almost 0. After months still 0 and no period. How long before things get back to normal?
Zero?: There is no such thing as zero sex hormones. Is your partner consulting an md or do? If it's some other sort of 'practitioner' they are giving poor information. Although Effexor (venlafaxine) can affect libido, it doesn't change estrogen, Progesterone or testosterone levels to my knowledge.See 1 more doctor answer
I am trying to get my wife pregnant and I just stop taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg and my doctor switched me to citalopram 10mg. I would appreciate any feed back?
Sexual side effects: Antidepressants which affect serotonin as citalopram and Effexor (venlafaxine) do, may cause changes in sexual desire and functioning. (effexor (venlafaxine) also affects norepinephrine at higher doses). If you're having difficulty with your sex drive or other issues, your doctor could consider wellbutrin (causes less sexual side effects) as long as anxiety is not the main reason you've been prescribed these medicines.See 1 more doctor answer
I recently started a new job and I am without insurance for 3 months. I am nearing the end of my prescription of Effexor xr 150mg. Do I just flat out stop taking it after my last pill? I have only missed a pill on one occasion and had the "brain zaps." An
Do you want to stop?: No, it would be best not to stop. This would prevent withdrawal. The other question is, do you need it? It may be a little less expensive to use the non SR version, another medicine, or just make sure you have enough refills to get through the 3 months.
My period is 8 days late, lots of nausea, dizziness and exhausted. Am I pregnant? Do I need to stop taking my effexor (venlafaxine) until I know for sure?
I tried Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5 to alleviate perimenopause hot flashes but had to stop it after 4 days because of lousy side effects. Is Prozac easier to handle?
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