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#37 SquirrellyGirl

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 12:09 PM

Kay, I admire your willingness to go longer between cuts, something many here are short on.  

 

If the gut turbulence is the only symptom, try to hold on and ride it out rather than be hair-trigger and updose.  Slow and steady wins the race.  I've had the diarrhea issue when I was tapering mirtazapine at a higher dosage, but that seems to be behind me for now LOL!  I consider it one of the lesser of wd evils.  I'll take diarrhea over anxiety any day!  Neurons in the bowel are affected by the cuts so digestive symptoms are common.

 

Was it the digestive upset that left you scared, or were you having an anxiety wave?

 

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Prozac 1995-1999, don't remember the dosage; Wellbutrin 1999-2002? Don't remember dosage though it was in the 300 mgs range
Effexor XR 2002-2014 up to 225 mg at one point, down to 37.5 mg towards end but back up to 75 mg in 2014; now realize I had W/D as I dropped down, memory very poor about history.  Did fast taper, don't remember details, around August 2014.
Took Sam-E 200 mg AM and 500 mg L-tryptophan PM Sept.2014 to January 2015

Doing poorly, put on Viibryd 10 mg for 1 wk, 20 mg for several days, BAD ANXIETY, fast taper to 0 in a week; back on Sam-E 200 mg AM and L-tryptophan 500 mg PM until April 10, 2015; doing very badly, put on Remeron 7.5 mg start April 15-April 30, 2015; Increased Remeron from 7.5 mg/day to 37.5 mg by May 22, 2015; still doing very badly,

June 1. 2015 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  On p-doc's orders went up to 75 mg Effexor June 11-12, then back to 37.5 mg when I realized all the hell I had been through before was WD from Effexor!  Joined SA and began tapering both too soon one month later.

8/22/15: Effexor to 30.75 mg, Remeron to 22 mg. 9/9/15 Effexor 30 mg/Remeron 21 mg. 9/24/15: Remeron 19 mg. 10/25/16: Remeron 17 mg. 11/14/15:  Effexor 28.5 mg 12/2/15: Remeron 16 mg. 12/5/15: Effexor 28.1 mg. 12/17/15: Remeron 15 mg. 1/26/16: Remeron 14 mg. 3/22/16, Remeron 13.5 mg and Effexor 25.9 mg (had nudged it down by fraction of a mg since Dec).  4/28/16: Remeron 13 mg, Effexor 25.5 mg.  5/21/16: Remeron 12 mg, Effexor 24.75 mg.  6/17/16, Effexor 23.25 mg, Remeron 11.6 mg. 7/12/16:  Remeron 11 mg, Effexor 22.12 mg.  9/22/16:  Effexor 19.5 mg, Remeron 9 mg.  As of 4/12/17:  Effexor 12.4 mg  Remeron 5.9 mg.

 

My intro: http://survivinganti...e-2#entry196679

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#38 Kay

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 12:21 PM

Thanks Squirrellygirl. I'm scared about being ill, and having it be something that doesn't go away. I'm a bit scared. I lost a friend a few months ago, and I think she just never recovered from going off the med. Also have read others' stories, the symptoms continuing after they've been off for a while. Also I've been having bad sleep now for about a year. Just scared about how this is all going to work out for me. 


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 08:24 PM

If your wish is to come off the meds but you are frightened by poor outcome, then the way to go is to taper VERY slowly.  The alternative is to stay on meds the rest of your life, right?  So, to take as long as it takes to go very slowly is the better of the two options, because we know these drugs are neurotoxic and lead to treatment resistant depression, an increased risk for dementia, shortened life span...If it takes four years to come off but going that slowly keeps you feeling ok and allows your nervous system to slowly adapt back to life without the drug, that's a win, right?  There's no race, no prize for coming off faster.

 

Keep it Simple, Slow and Stable

 

I'm sorry about your friend.  Did she come off psych meds?  It is serious business coming off these meds because of the remodeling issue - it's our brain we are talking about, so all the more reason to take it nice and slow like you are.

 

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Prozac 1995-1999, don't remember the dosage; Wellbutrin 1999-2002? Don't remember dosage though it was in the 300 mgs range
Effexor XR 2002-2014 up to 225 mg at one point, down to 37.5 mg towards end but back up to 75 mg in 2014; now realize I had W/D as I dropped down, memory very poor about history.  Did fast taper, don't remember details, around August 2014.
Took Sam-E 200 mg AM and 500 mg L-tryptophan PM Sept.2014 to January 2015

Doing poorly, put on Viibryd 10 mg for 1 wk, 20 mg for several days, BAD ANXIETY, fast taper to 0 in a week; back on Sam-E 200 mg AM and L-tryptophan 500 mg PM until April 10, 2015; doing very badly, put on Remeron 7.5 mg start April 15-April 30, 2015; Increased Remeron from 7.5 mg/day to 37.5 mg by May 22, 2015; still doing very badly,

June 1. 2015 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  On p-doc's orders went up to 75 mg Effexor June 11-12, then back to 37.5 mg when I realized all the hell I had been through before was WD from Effexor!  Joined SA and began tapering both too soon one month later.

8/22/15: Effexor to 30.75 mg, Remeron to 22 mg. 9/9/15 Effexor 30 mg/Remeron 21 mg. 9/24/15: Remeron 19 mg. 10/25/16: Remeron 17 mg. 11/14/15:  Effexor 28.5 mg 12/2/15: Remeron 16 mg. 12/5/15: Effexor 28.1 mg. 12/17/15: Remeron 15 mg. 1/26/16: Remeron 14 mg. 3/22/16, Remeron 13.5 mg and Effexor 25.9 mg (had nudged it down by fraction of a mg since Dec).  4/28/16: Remeron 13 mg, Effexor 25.5 mg.  5/21/16: Remeron 12 mg, Effexor 24.75 mg.  6/17/16, Effexor 23.25 mg, Remeron 11.6 mg. 7/12/16:  Remeron 11 mg, Effexor 22.12 mg.  9/22/16:  Effexor 19.5 mg, Remeron 9 mg.  As of 4/12/17:  Effexor 12.4 mg  Remeron 5.9 mg.

 

My intro: http://survivinganti...e-2#entry196679

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 08:56 AM

Yes, Simple, Slow & Stable. Today is day 4 of the diarrhea. Can you give me any idea about how long this might last, based on others' experiences? Or has no one shared that. From your own experience? 

 

I also have this neck condition, which is horrid really, I suspect has all this time (seven years!) I've been suffering with this and it's been caused by the drug. I never even thought once it might be due to the drug, until last year. I started google searching Effexor and Spastic Torticollis, and finding connections. Shows how trusting I have been of drugs and medicine. 

 

My friend got off Effexor XR. She was ill for about a year and a half after getting off. She never wanted to try taking the drug again. She tried many, many things. Also was a nutritionist. So sad, and such a loss, she was a very special person, artist, wise woman. I suspect there have been many/will be more we will lose due to these drugs. 

 

Thank you so much!!  Kay


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:35 AM

i have loose bowels .Its been going on for a while now. And then there is the f word...flatulence. Im hoping it resolves soon.


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am), April 2016 return to sport for the first time since drug free, Sept 16 return to work on casual basis.  28 Sept 16 (6yrs drug free), still cant sleep with any regularity, pssd continues no sign of improvement, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, brain fog still improving, psoriasis concerns.

 

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“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

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#42 Kay

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 02:06 PM

thx nz11. I know this is a subject that is somewhat "taboo" to discuss. Since it's a symptom of the antidepressants withdrawal (at least it clearly is for Effexor), it's important I think that we talk about it, so we all get a better idea what to expect.

 

I'm sorry about your loose bowel, and I expect you know that's not a healthy state. How long is a while? This is what I'm wondering. Also, because my friend who has died, she had long-term bowel problems, that was one of the symptoms she continued to have, after 1.5 years off Effexor. I'm wondering what peoples' experience has been, as far as how long this has lasted for them on a taper. 

 

I'm getting flatulence (I call it gas) also. 

 

I also have sometimes ginger root tea, which is supposed to be very good for digestion. I may have that again tomorrow. 


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 14 July 2016 - 07:55 PM

Topics about digestion get merged here:  http://survivinganti...-bloating-gerd/

 

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Prozac 1995-1999, don't remember the dosage; Wellbutrin 1999-2002? Don't remember dosage though it was in the 300 mgs range
Effexor XR 2002-2014 up to 225 mg at one point, down to 37.5 mg towards end but back up to 75 mg in 2014; now realize I had W/D as I dropped down, memory very poor about history.  Did fast taper, don't remember details, around August 2014.
Took Sam-E 200 mg AM and 500 mg L-tryptophan PM Sept.2014 to January 2015

Doing poorly, put on Viibryd 10 mg for 1 wk, 20 mg for several days, BAD ANXIETY, fast taper to 0 in a week; back on Sam-E 200 mg AM and L-tryptophan 500 mg PM until April 10, 2015; doing very badly, put on Remeron 7.5 mg start April 15-April 30, 2015; Increased Remeron from 7.5 mg/day to 37.5 mg by May 22, 2015; still doing very badly,

June 1. 2015 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  On p-doc's orders went up to 75 mg Effexor June 11-12, then back to 37.5 mg when I realized all the hell I had been through before was WD from Effexor!  Joined SA and began tapering both too soon one month later.

8/22/15: Effexor to 30.75 mg, Remeron to 22 mg. 9/9/15 Effexor 30 mg/Remeron 21 mg. 9/24/15: Remeron 19 mg. 10/25/16: Remeron 17 mg. 11/14/15:  Effexor 28.5 mg 12/2/15: Remeron 16 mg. 12/5/15: Effexor 28.1 mg. 12/17/15: Remeron 15 mg. 1/26/16: Remeron 14 mg. 3/22/16, Remeron 13.5 mg and Effexor 25.9 mg (had nudged it down by fraction of a mg since Dec).  4/28/16: Remeron 13 mg, Effexor 25.5 mg.  5/21/16: Remeron 12 mg, Effexor 24.75 mg.  6/17/16, Effexor 23.25 mg, Remeron 11.6 mg. 7/12/16:  Remeron 11 mg, Effexor 22.12 mg.  9/22/16:  Effexor 19.5 mg, Remeron 9 mg.  As of 4/12/17:  Effexor 12.4 mg  Remeron 5.9 mg.

 

My intro: http://survivinganti...e-2#entry196679

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 12:01 PM

It's unlikely that your GI symptoms are withdrawal related given their onset so long after a dose cut and that it's a new symptom for you (correct me if I missed it in scanning your thread). It's not impossible that it's a w/d symptom, just unlikely.

 

If I were you, I wouldn't make any changes to the venlafaxine dose. There's a risk of adding or worsening symptoms.

 

You may want to rehydrate and replace your electrolytes with Pedialyte or a version of child's rehydration fluid available in Ecuador. Another member here found that a day or two taking the Pedialyte eliminated the diarrhea she was experiencing.

 

Sometimes diarrhea and constipation are indications of an imbalance in the gut bacteria and can be resolved by supplementing with "good" bacteria or probiotics.  Have you tried probiotic bacteria?  If so, what was your reaction to them?


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 12:59 PM

Hi Kay,

Just stopped by to say hello, and tell you how much I applaud your courage for thinking about coming off your drugs even after the tragedy of your friend. The fact that your still considering the need come off even after all your friend went through means that you must feel there is something terribly wrong with theses drugs. I encourage you to follow that instinct.

I have not done this right at all, going way too fast based on the directions of a clueless doctor, and I have suffered for it. Even in my darkest moments, however, those closest to me continually see positive changes, and that has made all the difference.

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, but I think you're making the right decision to come off these meds. If you can find someone who knows you well and can help you see the positive no matter what, it will be a big help.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 09:48 AM

September 1 2016 today is Day 104 of my taper. I stayed on 65mg Venlafaxine for a total of 77 days. Today I am stepping down to 62mg, taking 31 in am and 31 in pm. 

 

I wish I could say I'm feel well today, but last night was a bad night of sleep, and I even got up at 11:30pm and ate something, which I never do. And today feeling unstable emotionally, upset early in day, and neck pulling. I am feeling some stabilizing of mood after taking omega 3 supplements and having my morning smoothie. 
 
Going from 65 to 62mg is only a (approximately) 5% reduction, so I hope I won't experience many symptoms. We'll see.

April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:30 AM


You are doing great!did you reinstate to 75 last year?I'm trying to stabilize on 75mgs after withdrawals from a too fast taper.75 is the usual dose.after a month,still feel w/d.
Reinstating 75mgs effexor w/d symptoms after alternating days of 37.5.still suffering after amonth.updosed Aug.6.1 brief window 2 hours in early August. Hypertension.taking lasartan and water pill . feeling drugged up with dizziness and nauseous.low energy

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:52 AM

Thanks ZazOA9. I did reinstate to 75mg last year. I have been on 65mg for 77 days. I'm thinking about 2 months for each reduction at this point.


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:15 PM

Today I went back to the pdoc here in Ecuador I've been going to for more prescriptions for my next med reduction. He said appt. was 1pm but as before waited over an hour, this time 1 hour 40 minutes for my 20 minute appointment. I get annoyed (venting). Patriarchal hierarchy at it's finest  :mellow:

 

I did get scripts and am ready very soon to reduce 3mg. I've been taking 62mg for 49 days. He asked me if I was ready to reduce to 31mg. Can I just get a reality check from the group, that's an insane move right?  ;) Yet that's what he said, then I told him there are many people who are sick from getting off this drug, and told him exactly what I wanted, and fortunately he just wrote up the scripts for me.

 

So I'll go pick them up next week: 10 weeks of 59mg, 10 weeks of 56mg, and 10 weeks of 53mg (each broken into two dosages per day).

 

The symptoms are cycling up and down daily, along with my neck spasm condition and related pain, and continuing lack of healthy sleep. Aside from the neck and related body pain, which tends to be worse in morning and tapers a bit toward evening, I have mental compromise and emotional surges that also cycle in harmony with the neck. There have been some rough spots, and at times the neck pain is quite bad, I would not want to risk any stronger symptoms than I am experiencing. Some of the time, aside from the neck condition, no other symptoms.


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April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 09:03 AM

Stepping down to 53mg Venlafaxine today. 

 

Here are my main symptoms, summary of worst days/symptoms on last cycle 42 days on 56mg:

 

Stronger symptom Days: days 14, 18, 24, 33, 34, 36
Day 14 bad sleep, upset, slight dizziness. possibly due to non-organic beef eaten night before.
Day 18 bad sleep, feeling emotionally crazed and upset. Later in day feeling down.
Day 24 feeling mentally compromised.
Day 32 no bowel movement, bad mood and crying in evening. 
Day 33 more inclined to cry
Day 34 low mood on waking, easier to cry. Impatient.
Day 36 to bed late due to neighbor noise, feeling upset, drilling in street in am (Sunday), upset, feeling mentally challenged. 

April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 12:28 PM

Thanks for posting an update.  It looks as if your hold for 42 days went reasonably well -- only 7 days with symptoms!

 

Hope the weeks after today's dose reduction go even more smoothly for you.


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1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
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Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet


#52 Kay

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 05:47 PM

Thank you scallywag. It did go fairly well. Though still with dystonia pain every day. I anticipate it will continue likewise, until getting down to 40mg or so. I understand it can get harder at lower dosages. 


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:58 PM

April 20 2017 Day 335 (50mg Venlafaxine)
 
Day 1 on 50mg.
 
Although I’ve continued in recent days to have some symptoms cycling: mood, mental and also bowel, I’ve been on 53mg for almost 10 weeks (total 67 days) so going to step down today to 50mg.
 
I got some more papaya to add to my morning smoothie (digestive enzymes) and tomorrow will get some kombucha (probiotics). This should help to further stabilize my digestive system. Also, in a couple of weeks I should get a very good quality liver supplement, which includes minerals and many other important supplements as well, from a top quality source, recommended by Dr. Brogan: Radiant Life.

April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 






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