Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:51 AM
Hi Baroquep, it is hard when you can't see the end of tapering but the time does pass and with smaller cuts you can get off and live your life while on the way. In my experience it just is not worth rushing, you will end up suffering and that is no fun! It is 5 years now since I started tapering and I am on my last one. I was delighted when I started the last leg of my tapering thinkingbthat within a few months it will be over but my body has other ideas. I have to go so slow with tiny drops and it will be at least another 2 years making 7 in total. I tapered effexor for 3 years in total. What I thought was a slow taper took a year, no real problems just some minor withdrawal for a day or so after each drop. A month after stopping I started awful withdrawal and had to reinstate. It was 7 months before I was stable enough to restart my taper and that time was awful with massive withdrawal waves. It was another 18 months or so to taper the 1mg I reinstated at! I am not trying to put you off, just say that it is better to go very very slow and be functioning, getting better and better as the doses lower, than suffering withdrawal.
Listen to your body and if a cut causes problems have a long hold to let your CNS settle, then make smaller cuts. You will get there in the end, even a snail will get where it needs to be eventually!
**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.
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Many drugs for many years, prescribed diazepam first 1973, took occasionally. 3 or 4 tricyclics for short periods.
1993 had a breakdown leading to 10 years of drug experiments with all classes of psych drugs.
Tapered by counting beads from March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.
Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013
Restarted taper Nov 2013
OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015
Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014
Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg -hold- Feb2016 46mg March 8 2016 45 April 44mg May 11 43mg June 14 42mg
Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.
My story http://survivinganti...king-in/page-33
Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible
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