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Since your last dose of 17-20 mg Effexor was on Jan. 3 2017, you are still in the period when reinstatement is more likely to be effective. The risk of it not working or of reinstatement intensifying symptoms increases. Or said another way: more time since last dose, higher risk.
The inserts in all the newer antidepressants and many other psychiatric drugs advise reinstatement of the medication if withdrawal symptoms appear. This is all medicine knows about how to treat withdrawal.
For people who are about 4 weeks out, we suggest that people consider taking a much lower dose than their "pre-jump" dose. From the topic about reinstating:
Start low to see what you need. You can always increase if necessary. If you've been off the drug for a month or more, many people can find relief from antidepressant withdrawal symptoms by reinstating as little as 1mg-5mg. [based on having taken 20 mg previously]
Please read the posts, especially the first one in the topic:About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms
I don't believe I had withdrawal from going down too fast. I had slowly been weaning down over 3 years. At the time, each week I would remove 10 little balls from the 37.5 capsules per week. Take it for a week, then thd next week remove 10 more. At the time I was stopped on them, I had been taking out 140 little balls. The next week I would have removed 150 little balls. So I was at about half of 37.5mg. In the er they did a test with my reflexes and eye movements which showed mild seratonin syndrome. I had been drinking those herbs from morning until night.
My "taper" off Effexor XR in 2004/5 was exactly the same as yours - about 10 beads per week. I started from a (low) 37.5 mg dose. I was lucky to have only about 6 weeks of difficult symptoms that then abated gradually.
It's such a shame that neither of us were given advice to go slower and to continue to taper to a dose of fewer than 10 beads before stopping entirely.
Please have a careful read about reinstatement and come back here to ask questions. If you'd like an initial reinstatement dose suggestion, please post to let us know.
This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
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, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet