Posted 16 July 2015 - 04:50 PM
These are great, just what I needed to hear.
Began suffering from panic attacks when my father passed away in 2005. Been on and off SSRIs (Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor XR), and therapy since then.
2009 - Started Effexor XR 75mg. Therapy on and off since then, but consistent weekly starting Oct 2013
Feb 2014 - Therapist and I felt I was ready to come off Effexor - went to half dose (37.5mg) for a week and then off completely by advice of psychiatrist - bad w/d for a week then gone
May 2014 - bad protracted w/d came out of nowhere.. constant dizziness, agoraphobia(never had before), headaches, fatigue for 3 months, all tests (brain MRI, inner ear tests, blood tests, etc.) normal.
Aug 2014 - back on Effexor XR 75mg as neurologist thought these symptoms were my anxiety coming back, all w/d symptoms disappear within 2 weeks.
Tapering Effexor XR.. let's do this!:
Started on 75mg. 7/12/15 - 67.5 mg (10% cut - 5% cuts from here on out); 8/10/15 - 64.9 mg; 8/30/15 - 61.7 mg; 10/9/15 - 58.6 mg; 11/3/15 - 55.7 mg; 11/17/15 - 52.9 mg; 12/7/15 - 50.3mg; 12/21/15 - 47.7mg; 1/4/16 - 45.3mg; 1/22/16 - 43mg; 2/5/16 - 41mg; 2/19/16 - 38.9mg; 3/4/16 - 37.5mg (HALF DOSE)!! Added one bead on 3/10/16 due to bad withdrawal. 4/14/16 - 37.5mg; 5/27/16 - 35.6mg; 6/9/16 - 33.8mg; 7/14/16 - 32.1mg; 7/28/16 - 30.5mg; 8/11/16 - 29mg; 9/2/16 - 27.5mg; 10/20/16 - 26.1mg; 11/3/16 - 24.8mg; 11/17/16 - 23.6mg; 12/1/16 - 22.5mg; 12/15/16 - 21.3mg, 12/29/15 - 20.3mg; 2/9/17 - 19.2mg
Supplements: Fish oil, spray on magnesium oil, yoga, daily exercise, clean diet