Good evening, I have been taking Effexor XR 75 mg for 9 years and now up to 112.5 mg for the past 7 weeks. because of bad side effects, I am going back down to 75 mg but feeling horrible symptoms to a point that I am reducing by 1/2 of the 37.5 mg caplet. As anyone here experienced very bad tappering off symptoms like this: nausea, gas (sorry), dizzy, bowel issues... I get flu like symptoms like when I lowered paxyl a long time ago
Hello, I have been on 150mg Effexor daily for five years. I stopped cold turkey once. I was off it for 1 year before I went onto it again.
Effexor is very difficult to withdraw from, with lots of withdrawal symptoms. When I stopped cold turkey I was OK after two weeks. My doctor thinks that if I now withdraw very slowly I will not need to go on it again. The thing is withdrawal symptoms mimic depression, so we don't know exactly how to treat it.
I am taking a year to withdraw, with my doctor's help. Been 3 months now, and the next stage I go down to 75mg daily for three months. You will find everybody has bad withdrawal symptoms with Effexor. We just have to take it very slowly. I am on an other depression site where there are 850 replies to "Effexor Withdrawal" and more daily. You are not alone. I hope you can withdraw slowly and feel better soon.
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