I’m so glad to read all of these so I know I’m not alone. Glad I’m not the only one. Best of luck . I felt how it must feel to know your going to die and can do nothing about it by being killed at the hands of someone else. It takes a while to work so give it time. Wow I feel ill. I was on Effexor XR for 18 years, most of that time at 225 mg. I’m really upset that the medical professionals I have seen during my withdrawal seem to have no idea how horrendous it is. behind and extending over both ears. This medication is considered among the toughest to withdraw from due to its potency as well as short half life of the drug. I no longer have blood pressure issues, I sleep well, I have clarity of thought. I’ve been taking turmeric supplements which are very anti inflammatory, algae oil for the omega 3 or fish oil works as well.. definitely do the omega 3 every day! I am really struggling to do… well, anything. Has anyone had any experience with withdrawal symptoms for Effexor or other antidepressants that lasted a long time? Then everything kinda stabilizes. You have done the easy part. I needed them when I was prescribed them. I remind myself that the emotions I am experiencing, are just that, and a real part of life. Hi all.. The dose was up and down over the years but final month was 300mg. My bp, glucose levels, etc. Wish I’d known, I would have never taken this horrible med. My kids, my husband everything. Puking, diarrhea, insomnia, horrible panic attacks. I’ll stick it through these withdrawal symptoms. I thought I was going nuts until I found this place. I haven’t replaced venlafaxine with any other drug. I have a good support system, and am praying a lot. Bottom line, I’m just very sensitive to this medication and tapering would be difficult. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information -, Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals. I was on Effexor for 18 years, but only weaned off this Spring (last minimal dose was 4/14/18). Other than lay in bed. I’m fighting like hell and hopefully will make it threw, but I am not sure anymore. Before you know it, it will all be a thing of the past. I keep as busy as I can, which is great. I have been on Effexor 150 for about a year or two. Late reinstatement apparently doesn't work for everyone, the sooner you can do it the better chance you have of a good outcome so I was pretty lucky in that respect, I'm just left with visual snow, vertigo, sexual dysfunction and involuntary movements/ seizures. OF. Wishing everyone lots of luck. Some days are ok – not great but ok – other days are pretty bad. My doc prescribed zofran for the nausea but nausea is nothing compared to the many other symptoms. I read about it taking up to a year too to get past all of the withdrawal. Everyone has really noticed the improvement in me. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. My thoughts are with every single person on here suffering. A few months ago I asked about reducing my dosage again, and my doctor outlined a plan for getting off completely: 75 mg for a month, then 37.5 mg for another month. My suggestion is not to be alone overnight and get prepared for vomiting, sweats, anxiety. I have decided that I don’t want to be on it anymore and I started tapering last May and alternated 75 mg and 37.5 mg for 5 weeks. How long does the zombie like side effect of Abilify take to go away? Stay strong. I will continue to rely on it and the support of those around me to get over this. Glad I found this. Until I was referred to a doctor a few of my very close friend swear by… I wished I’d known him years ago! Still looking for answers? And this last one was hard for me. How long do effexor long term withdrawal symptoms last is my question. Effexor comes in both a standard version, Effexor, and a time release version, Effexor XR. I’m on day 2 of nothing at all. I am also trying to wean off of Effexor. I thought I’d share what I’ve been going through and how I’ve been tapering. What I didn’t expect was the extreme rage spells I feel and an alarming amount of anxiety (almost worse than before I started taking anti-depressants) along with a new affinity for arguing with everyone I know. I am at my wit's end. I am nine days off from 20 years of 225mg of effexor. It’s been hell. Wow, This is my story! I tried quitting by tapering then I couldn’t take putting the medication in my body any longer or the side effects, so I quit cold turkey. So glad I stumbled across this. I call it “my summer of hell”. In other words it contributes to the re-uptake of the neurotransmitters Serotonin and Norepinephrine in the brain. It’s only been 2 & 1/2 weeks since my last pill 37.5 so I know I have along road ahead yet. I sometimes think it’s never going to get better but I continue to read that it takes time since it’s such a powerful mind-altering drug. Delirium 2. A few minutes later I’m fine. The acute (immediate) symptoms of opioid withdrawal rarely last longer than one week, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods completely. In fact, most people report relief in as little as 24 hours (or 72 hours at the most). I just wish it was over… I’m so tired of feeling like this. I have just taken my very last pill a couple days ago. I did it the right way….cut the dosage by 25% each month. It is the dizziness that is just killing me. I’ve been off Effexor for a little over 3 months. At work today it was as if I was someone else telling myself what to do but I wasn’t able to do it. The recommendation that seems to work the best is to reduce by 5-10% of your current dose and to remain at the new dose for at least a few months or until any symptoms you're experiencing are alleviated. These lasted a couple of days and were really not a big deal. Not completely gong but its an improvement. I really thought I had this handled and I wasn’t going to have any problems, but I guess I was wrong about that, eh? My doctor suggested I come off it, and try life without anti depressants. This drug has taken so much away from me. Effexor combined with individual and group therapy, new coping skills, and time to reflect in an honest and open way with myself has brought me to such a better place, and I’m grateful it was available as a recovery tool when I needed it. Originally I was placed for Generalized Anxiety and as adjunct therapy for Migraine Prophylaxis They definitely helped to get me in a good place, but I’ve been stable now for quite some time. I woke up screaming for my mum. There has been no warning, sympathy or suggestions on how to pull through. I am now sleeping with sudafed by my bed in case it happens again. Select one or more newsletters to continue. There is not at all a clear cut consensus on what is healthiest, not just for you, but for your unborn child, since depression is unhealthy for the body, and withdrawal symptoms can be, too. NIGHTMARE. After the first two weeks, things became quite a bit better, but… then after a week of thinking the symptoms were subsiding, they hit again almost as severely as in the beginning. I have good days and then bad days. Be sure to always communicate with friends and family during your withdrawal period. Hi Jane! So stay strong everyone. I started to wean down in mid-December 2017, cutting down so gradually, and had my last dose (literally 4 grains) in early May 2018. I was on 300mg venlafaxine for just over a year, previous to starting it I had been on numerous different antidepressants for the last 20+ years. I decided I didn’t want to take them anymore and have been removing a single grain from the capsule, adding another grain to the count every day for a few weeks now. Previously on 300mg Effexor for 15 years. Where are the warnings?! I also kicked synthroid, stains and HBP meds. There is no set time... it depends on your dosage, the length of time you were taking it and your personal metabolism. One minute I’m feeling okay and the next, I want to punch anything and everything in site. If you or someone you love experiences any of the following symptoms, call 911 or seek medical help right away: 1. Good luck with that, right? The TDCS helped with the depression side effects so that I could deal with the physical side effects better. Due to my family history of breast cancer, I cannot take any HRT. Thank you to everyone who’s left comments here. I don't know what the answer is... my next trial might be CBD oil. I’m still sick of course but I don’t feel like I’m going completely mad, just sort of mad. I went cold turkey from 225 mg and lasted 3 days. If it weren’t for finding this forum, I would have started taking it again already. I have a 3 month program to reduce dosage. A little goes a long way for me. I am now on the other side of total hell It took about 6 weeks to reduce to zero. Stay strong. I’m not a doctor but I’m in the process of stopping my Effexor. Lexapro (Escitalopram) vs Zoloft (Sertraline): Extensive Comparison, Cannabidiol (CBD) Side Effects & Adverse Reactions, L-Tyrosine Side Effects & Adverse Reactions (List), Armour Thyroid Side Effects & Adverse Reactions (List), Remeron (Mirtazapine) Withdrawal Symptoms + How Long They Last. Data sources include IBM Watson Micromedex (updated 2 Feb 2021), Cerner Multum™ (updated 3 Feb 2021), ASHP (updated 29 Jan 2021) and others. I was living with a horrifying fear that I might do physical harm to myself or my grandchildren. I didn’t realize it had been that long. Xxx xxx my fellow survivors. I went from 150 to 75 to 25 to cold turkey. The fall of 2017 I decided I had had enough. Some days I can function and some days I can’t! Honestly, I don’t understand how a doctor could suggest a medication like this for something as simple as hot flashes. I was on Effexor for 18 years, but only weaned off this Spring (last minimal dose was 4/14/18). If you're having a relapse of your depression, however, the symptoms may get worse. This is the most widely discussed topic on this site I think. Thank you and good luck to y’all coming off it! There has to be a better med out there. I am so glad I stumbled upon this forum as it definitely has made me feel like I’m not alone. dosage reduction). Only now did I suddenly think that it could be the medication. I was deficient to begin with. Some Effexor withdrawal symptoms can cause disorientation, which can be dangerous when driving or operating heavy machinery.3 Although rare, stopping Effexor on your own can result in severe and frightening reactions. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. I asked her to lower it and get me off! More distressing symptoms include nightmares or disturbing dreams, and a pins and needles sensation that comes and goes throug… The second week, there were multiple times each day when I’d start shivering all over and had trouble feeling warm even after wrapping up in quilts. Hoping it starts to get better soon! My dreams seem to be weird too. In two weeks time I’m going to try reducing a little bit more. I had started using N Acetyl Cysteine, Magnesium, Vitamin D, B12 and CBD oil at the same time I was discontinuing the full dose. I started with the omega 3’s too a couple of weeks ago. I was on 37.5 mg for 2 years. Currently, I’ve taken up exercise and it is helping. Your GP should be fired, seriously. Not recommended. I have a symptom that I am sure is related to stopping Effexor that no one else has mentioned: I have a burning sensation in my skull (?) I was on 75mg of Effexor for about a year for situational depression. Be kind and patient with yourself, treat yourself well, and take time to consider your strategy every so often. AAFMA (practice group of family physicians) says that the symptoms typically last 1-2 weeks and as long as 4 weeks, so I just kept reminding myself that it was temporary. It's only been day 2 (insurance cancelled) of withdrawal & so far I've been feeling as though when I'm walking to whatever destination, my body arrives but my brain delays its arrival. I see my PCP tomorrow, and am afraid he is going to want to put me back on an anti-depressant. I feel so much better, since I stopped taking venlafaxine, on the 9th August 2018. For me it had become a pill I take and notice nothing but I’d get physically sick if I forgot to take it. All the best. I’m scared I’ll have other side effects. You will be so happy when you get to where I am. Since ending my taper 3 weeks ago after being on Effexor for 10 years I have experienced all of these symptoms. It has taken me from April til now to get off of it. Regarding Venlafaxine/Effexor in particular, my thoughts go out to all of you who have had to deal with this. every time I hit the two day mark of not taking it I get sick and have a mental break down. But from a scientific standpoint, the experience of just one person is not much evidence. Then went to 112, 75, 37.5 and now none. It’s uncontrollable crying and I have to just allow myself to let it all out and it’s all for no particular reason. Exercising helps so much…so much! It has helped so far. How doctors are still prescribing Venlafaxine, I don’t know. As far as Benadryl, I’m tired enough from the withdrawal. Found out at the doctor’s office that I had actually been on Effexor for FIVE years. Still having withdrawal. You are one of few people who have been on high dose like me 300mg for 15 years. While the nightmares and nausea are gone, I am still bothered by brain zaps, confusion, depersonalization, and dizziness – although in lesser and lesser amounts. Now I actually can and do feel cold. I thought being 10 days free of Effexor, I would be over the withdrawal symptoms by now. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin when a drug is about 90% out of your body. I hope it gets better. They may offer you new information that helps you decide what to do going forward. Hi I’ve been taking Effexor XR for 13 yrs. It’s not been easy, but I feel like my brain cells are returning to life more each day. I feel very lucky so far! Michael, I am on week 13 or 14 since my last small dose of Effexor and still experiencing anxiety, depersonalization, insomnia and tingling in my extremities, which I believe is “paresthesia.”. In week 2 now and have all the above symptoms. It was similar to the stupor someone feels when waking soon after taking ambien. Female priapism. Abused it for 66 years. Talk to your doctor, don’t worry about being judged, it’s their job to evaluate your case objectively and make the best call for your health. Maybe that’s why the symptoms have been so bad. Good luck everyone in our return to full recovery. The program my MD recommended did not work for me (horrible withdrawal) so I went back on and consulted with a specialist. So i went to see my Dr and he put me on Venlaflaxine hcl 25mg tablet.Take 1/2 morning 1/2 night for 3 months. I am on day 5 of 0. I was on 37.5. Night Terrors is a massive understatement…. I withdrew cold turkey and was OK after two weeks, but others take much longer. Mike. I was unrecognizable. Have a look at the Effexor withdrawal comments where it states "How Long Does Effexor Withdrawal Last" - over 830 replies - and this gives you an idea how the withdrawal time varies from person to person. Today is day 3 of 75mg and I feel every single one of the symptoms listed above accept anger and vomiting (I use anti-nausea only when needed) but I have become more sensitive to certain smells. But I haven’t had chills yesterday or today, so maybe there’s hope for both of us. And my mental state is amazing!! I’m with you Yvonne! According to Wilson and Lader’s extensive review of the subject, withdrawals are largely determined by the half-life of a drug. A drug’s half-life is the time it takes for 50% of the drug to be removed from your body. The sooner the better it seems! I’m going to put in a major complaint to my own surgery on Monday, and will be switching Doctors. While the buzzing is still continuing into week four, the dizziness and nausea are subsiding somewhat. I am so grateful for your comments. I still need them it seems. I know that’s easy for other people to tell you, but we have to try absolutely everything. Jsek, I am four months into withdrawal after taking 56.5 mg of Effexor for 22 years and – like you – still struggling a lot with anxiety, feelings of emptiness and despair, and insomnia. Jan, Omega 3 fish oil (Orthomega), ENCAPSULATED B Complex, vitamin D3 and calcium CITRATE help a lot with those symptoms. I agree with making bigger life choices to help with mental illness, but if you’re like me it’s hard to force yourself out of the house. I have been on 150mg of Venlafaxine for about 3 years now and after doing some research, I decided that I immediately needed off of this medication. It is now almost the end of August 2018. As real as being fully alert and awake – even though what I was experiencing was beyond normal explanations of any kind. I have constant brain zaps, brain shivers, feel like 100 bees are buzzing in my head, restless legs so can’t sleep, sickness, I could go on. I have been taking two 37.5 Effexor for about a year and I recently stopped taking the medication. To decrease potential withdrawal symptoms with Effexor, it is recommended to taper it slowly if you have been taking it more than 4 weeks. The withdrawal wasn't too bad - the occasional "brain shivers" thing but not too often. No sugar! I am 4 days off Effexor after a one month taper from 150 mg. If you can make it through this drug withdrawal, you can do anything. I never knew till I finished my taper and started experiencing withdrawal how hard it would be to get off. I cannot believe the side effects and withdrawal symptoms from this medication. I was supposed to start Zoloft but really do not want too. I don’t remember much trouble with cold during the first week, though I was kind of distracted by vomiting and diarrhea that week, so maybe I didn’t notice. I have talked to her a bit about it and she say’s everything is good, but my head voice is telling me otherwise. I have bouts of nausea and headache and feel like my throat is closing up. It’s so hard. Today is the first day that I feel halfway normal. Does anyone else keep going freezing cold to the point they are sleeping in 2 quilts? Buy one of those pill counters that pharmacists use – I would empty a capsule and then count grains. I was weened off by my doctor within a matter of days. Seriously put a complaint in (the hot flushes is one of the main reasons why I wanted to switch). I’m still feeling nauseous and depressed. I use TDCS. I have missed so much work trying to get over these symptoms. So the choice to go cold turkey basically was the only option I had at this point (couldn’t afford the refill). Tapering felt fantastic though, once I hit day 3 on zero it sucker punched me and I have been down for the count since. Hi Yvonne! The easiest way to lookup drug information, identify pills, check interactions and set up your own personal medication records. This is the one of the hardest things you’ll do. Now on HRT for menopause symptoms. It got so bad I almost went back on the black death aka Effexor. I am tapering and am sweating, then freezing. I really hope I’m able to find some relief soon although I am realistic about the fact that the withdrawal could take up to years to fully subside. I hate to say it but I feel worse now than I ever have. How long does it last for?? Or have you set up a tapering protocol with your doctor? For some it's weeks, for others it can be months or longer.We can't post outside links but I'd suggest you Google "Effexor withdrawal mental health daily" for a comprehensive article that may help you.Best regards and I hope that you are feeling better quickly. My now retired doctor never told me of the side effects. NE. 7 months later, I felt I was ready to taper off. However, it may be a couple years before you are completely recovered and feel completely “natural” again. 10 days ago I took my last capsule, and yes, it’s been hell. It's a helluva an existence, isn't it? I wouldn’t recommend taking less than your body’s telling you you need, but it doesn’t mean you have to take more than you need either. The real symptoms start when you get to 0. Because all of the time I took those tablets, I felt less and less like wanting to do things. I got desperate a month ago and tried a lower dosage of Effexor for 4 days, but had a horrible reaction to it, and stopped immediately. Now I’m taking about 15-30 mg 2-3 times/day as I need to. Due to venlafaxine’s half-life of about five hours, withdrawal symptoms develop quickly, even after missing just one dose. Ask 5 doctors and you will get 5 different answers. Thanks for educating me and letting me know I’m not alone and there is still a long way for me to go. I have used all the behavioral tools I know and teach my clients. It. After having them wrapped in bubble wrap with antidepressants for so many years. I’m on the brink of running my boyfriend off and worried my job is going to suffer. I had previously been taking 300mg daily. LOL. I have some great days and then back to the unbalance. Oh my god, this is me. I feel like getting myself to this point has just been a mess of trial and error. I’m glad I’m not alone in this nightmare. Just give it time and continue about your life the best you can. Neil-Leicester 9 Aug 2015. But that depends on how much you’re going to take and if you’re okay with the affect of THC. The fourth day at 0 mg I woke up early with more severe anxiety, so filled a prescription for Propranolol. In my own case I tapered from 150 mg to 0 in just under two weeks, thought I'd tough out the symptoms which were my own personal pharmaceutical hell and saw some improvement (not a lot) over the next month or two. There is no way I could have done it. And I’m 51. Either way 0 is when worst starts but Under NO NO NO circumstances take another Effexor even few beads because you still need to be at 0 to really start the beginning of the end. As antidepressant use grew over the past two decades, more and more people began to realize how hard it is to quit. I’ve been on it for about a year and a half at a dose of 300mg. I have been angry, sad, anxious and absolutely exhausted. 300mg then 150mg every other day, Week 3 150mg then 75 every other day, Week 4 75 mg every other day, Week 5 ZERO. Thank you for this information. Is it normal to still have nausea with Trintellix after over 2 months of taking it. I was on 300mg for about 2 years, slowly tapered off over a couple of months and now it’s been 2 weeks where I haven’t had any. Thanks, Fiona. I hope it will be easier to get off of than Effexor. I’ve heard getting a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC is best. He researched and read forums to understand what I was truly going through. Definitely worth the cold turkey now I’m on the back end of it. I understand what you are going through. It took me a year to get the guts to try another antidepressant. Also don’t try doing the every other day thing – there’s no point, you just need to constantly taper and then quit. Effexor is a monster to get off of, talk to your doc about a much slower taper. I’m not sure if you can get Kava root capsules in your country, here we can buy at Health shops. Then after about 3 months start the entire cycle again by going from 150mg to 75 mg. Then from 75 mg to 37.5 mg… Today makes 4 days “clean”… but it has been rough!!! Doing it slowly and gradually is working for me. I’m glad to hear I’m not alone in my symptoms, and that they will one day subside. Difficulty urinating In most cases, withdrawal symptoms are fairly mild in the first one to three days and may intensify on the fourth or fifth day before they subside and may persist for up to three weeks. I started with 37.5 every other day for 2 weeks. However, there are people out there that have been on this powerful antidepressant for years. So I had to go even slower and half the 12.5 so now I’m on about 6mg for about 3 weeks! Thanks, Fiona. I have been on 300mg for a long time (doctors I had been seeing over the years just kept putting my dosage up and up) I had no idea how hard this was going to be. Have multiple mood swings throughout the day. After 14 weeks, I’m finally seeing the light at the end of this very long tunnel. I will keep my eye out for others mentioning pain as I continue to read/research Effexor withdrawal and how to minimize symptoms of same. Obviously cold turkey is much tougher on your body and brain’s readjustment compared to a gradual taper. I hope your pregnancy goes well. The surviving antidepressants website has a huge collection of case histories if you're interested or there is a facebook support group and pretty good ebook by Dr Stuart Shipko (among others) that outlines a lot of the relevant information. Staying busy and social helps me. I’m currently in my weaning process. We can't post outside links but I'd suggest you Google "Effexor withdrawal mental health daily" for a comprehensive article that may help you. Sertraline has a relatively short half-life compared to other SSRIs—about one day. Our brain needs that. Hi Marine Mom, I’m so sorry for your loss! Best of luck to all who suffer out there. Lots of water. (heavy cardio, not a “sniff walk” with the dog), I’m on 2000 IU of Vitamin D as well. I was 150mg Effexor daily for 10 months, and I knew by reading posts on here that it is a very difficult drug to withdraw from. On the other hand if you are very sensitive to medication, you may have a tougher time coping with the withdrawal. Effexor brothers and sisters I’m praying for you all out there! It's now 4 months since I took my last effexor. We deceided to do weaning in halving intervals weekly. Ughhh. Just wanted some thoughts…. I have just been so stuck since losing my son I don't care about anything. I know it is going to be rough and very unpleasant for a while yet but I remain focused on my long term mental health. There was a lot more to the Dream also. Have a look at the Effexor withdrawal comments where it states "How Long Does Effexor Withdrawal Last" - over 830 replies - and this gives you an idea how the withdrawal time varies from person to person. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I had the withdrawal symptoms for SIX MONTHS. Any encouragement, either for or against taking the drug again would be appreciated! So I halved my dose for a week and that went okay still dizzy but not as bad. The worse part of it though, is that it is not like dreaming, it is real. It’s crazy that suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety are all apart of possible side affects. I was on 37.7 my but my NP doubled it and I would be covered in sweat and bruises, plus so so tired, crazy dreams. For the past three days, I have been totally off of it, and suddenly the withdrawal, especially the … Been. All I can tell you is one day you will just notice it is gone. The dreams are the worst part for me… I have has them in the past when also trying to stop. To determine how long Effexor stays in your system, it is necessary to understand the metabolite of its active ingredient: venlafaxine. ? The aches, shakiness, headache, stomach upset, nightmare, mood dysregulation all came back. These doctors today prescribe meds but never tell you about the side effects down the line – to me that’s disgusting. Psychosis4 If you experience worsening anxiety or depression during withdrawal, and these s… Also, the twice of day 5-HTP. I went to see another nurse practitioner (medication provider) and he put me on Viibryd and Gabapentin. Effexor can also be used to treat some anxiety disorders and severe panic attacks. I was on Effexor for 14 years at a 150 mg. 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