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Is it possible to stop taking venlafaxine?

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Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Of course!

Venlafaxine (effexor) is an antidepressant/anti anxiety medication that is non-addictive and not habit-forming.
Thus, it is absolutely possible to stop taking it. However, I have had many patients suffer "withdraw" symptoms (mild headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue) for a few days to several weeks after stopping it. Therefore, it's advisable to taper off instead--the slower the better.

In brief: Of course!

Venlafaxine (effexor) is an antidepressant/anti anxiety medication that is non-addictive and not habit-forming.
Thus, it is absolutely possible to stop taking it. However, I have had many patients suffer "withdraw" symptoms (mild headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue) for a few days to several weeks after stopping it. Therefore, it's advisable to taper off instead--the slower the better.
Dr. Karl Spector
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Any drug can be stopped.
Some drugs, like narcotics cause physical and psychological dependance and may need to be gradually withdrawn or stopped under strict medical suoervision. Other meds, like venlafaxin and some blood pressure pills may need to be stopped slowly to prevent sudden recurrance of symtoms. Many drugs can be stopped and restarted as needed. Ask your doctor for more specific detail.

In brief: Yes

Any drug can be stopped.
Some drugs, like narcotics cause physical and psychological dependance and may need to be gradually withdrawn or stopped under strict medical suoervision. Other meds, like venlafaxin and some blood pressure pills may need to be stopped slowly to prevent sudden recurrance of symtoms. Many drugs can be stopped and restarted as needed. Ask your doctor for more specific detail.
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