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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. ...Read moreSee 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! ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more