Of course I will taper from 150 to 112.5 to 75 to 56 to 37.5 and then go smaller and smaller from there and then to every other day or so.
I cannot resist jumping in on this one. I was first placed on effexor XR at 150mg per day. I was experiencing heavy dizziness issues, my doc instructed me to stop taking the drug completely for 1 week to see if the Effexor was the cause of the dizziness he said that I shouldn't have any issue since at that time I had only been on it for 6 weeks. The experience was to put it plainly "pure hell" Do not let anyone kid you the only way to come off Effexor is to taper off and I mean slowly and even then you will have effects. Not saying it can't be done because I have managed to do it only by tapering off slowly. To say you won't have bad withdrawals is hard to say, everyone is made up differently, all I can do is share my experience.
Best of luck to you
Definitely taper, and ask about Prozac to help with the withdrawals. It helped me loads. I had previously tried 'cold turkey'. I lasted FOUR weeks, but really dont know how. I was dizzy, jittery and quite a spaced out zombie. My family begged me to go back on it until I could get to the doc asap for a better way of stopping the drug.
With adding Prozac, and tapering, it took three weeks, and although the withdrawals were still there, they were much less severe.
All the best!
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