I read about it taking up to a year too to get past all of the withdrawal. I have bouts of nausea and headache and feel like my throat is closing up. I was on Effexor for 14 years at a 150 mg. I feel like I’m in a fog of uncontrollable emotions. I just keep telling myself you are going to be really sick for a few days and then it’ll be over. My doc is worthless. Glad I’m not the only one. I have never been so sick in all my life. Yes I am cold most of the time, really wrapping myself up to get warm and stay warm. Good eating and lots of supplements to repair my body. And I’m 51. 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. Celexa (Citalopram) vs. Lexapro (Escitalopram): Which Is Better? Reduced to 150 mg maybe a year ago. 8 months later things continued to worsen & I had to restart the effexor at the original dose which came with additional start up symptoms and now new side effects etc. Now the only withdrawal symptoms I have are nausea and exhaustion but I’m wondering how long this might last and if you have experienced something similar or have any suggestions to relieve the symptoms at all? Yes it’s true it does take over a year (I’m just over 20 months from last dosage) but it is nowhere near like it is in the first 4-10 weeks. I was only on this medication for A MONTH to try it out… it did nothing for me so we tapered off during a few weeks. If you come off the medication cold turkey, you may send your body and mind into a state of total shock, depression, anxiety, and disarray. But the worst is the headache and confusion. I’ve read these comments to help get me through to know I’m not alone and reading about vitamins and exercise gave me hope so I’m going to try as that’s my next step. Now I’m taking about 15-30 mg 2-3 times/day as I need to. I prayed to die. Hey I strongly recommend you to get a lot of omega-3. My heart was racing and stopping and I was going into shock periodically & when I sought medical help and mentioned effexor I was met with blank stares and raised eyebrows and told to take supplements. I didn’t mean to go off the medication – Mail Order Pharmacy lost my medication and my Doctor has been out of the office. I get that, but do not see the point of prolonging the thing. However, some people may start at 37.5 mg, while others may fall between the range of 75 mg and 150 mg. I have to constantly be moving my legs whenever I have this sporadic surge of intense leg spasms. The worst is the rage and anger at the drop of a hat. However, there are people out there that have been on this powerful antidepressant for years. I’m lay in bed trying to get to sleep but can’t. The TDCS helped with the depression side effects so that I could deal with the physical side effects better. We deceided to do weaning in halving intervals weekly. Individual factors play a huge role in withdrawal. How do I get through this? Hi Fiona; after 12 weeks I’m still getting the exhaustion, anxiety and some depression. I went cold turkey from 225 mg and lasted 3 days. – I decided it was time I stopped taking Effexor, the antidepressant I’ve been on for a few years up until a few months ago. The 1st 30 days were the worst. Our brain needs that. I’ll stick it through these withdrawal symptoms. I tapered a little over a week but last Sunday decided to go for it and quit. Lots of water. Thank you to everyone who’s left comments here. The first 5 days were absolute hell. And also I take ZEN. I can’t imagine what you must be going through, especially to have these horrible side affects on top of it. I’m on day 4 of tapering down to 37.5 after a week at 75. Stay strong. Thanks to all that have shared here. I have found that non-drowsy Dramamine is helping with the dizziness. I was living with a horrifying fear that I might do physical harm to myself or my grandchildren. Most of us commented late when we should be asleep. How long have you taken Effexor? Currently, I’ve taken up exercise and it is helping. 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. I have had one good day this week, and the rest pretty difficult days. These antidepressants are no joke and some would say that they are more extreme than hard drugs to withdraw from. Abused it for 66 years. I’ve read it can take over a year to get through. 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. It has taken me from April til now to get off of it. Someone who took an antidepressant for six months usually has less intense symptoms than someone who took the medication for two years. So please don’t be put off by the time the withdrawals last. I weaned myself off over 3 months & still has brain zaps, dizziness, nausea also. Between this and the leg symptoms I’ve been experiencing, sleep is basically non existent for me. And has anyone else gone cold turkey due to pregnancy? I too am withdrawing from effexor. Each time I lowered the dose, I noticed my vision would become a little worse, but would get better the longer I stayed at that dose. These doctors today prescribe meds but never tell you about the side effects down the line – to me that’s disgusting. I understand what you are going through. Has anyone had any experience with withdrawal symptoms for Effexor or other antidepressants that lasted a long time? But that depends on how much you’re going to take and if you’re okay with the affect of THC. Then I was given 75mg for 3 days and 37.5mg for 3 days. Subscribe to Drugs.com newsletters for the latest medication news, new drug approvals, alerts and updates. This is the most widely discussed topic on this site I think. No withdrawal symptoms at all. It’s like this surge of pure anger and my body tenses and I feel like my body is going to explode. I am miserable, I hope and pray we all can get some relief! I was on 37.5. Would really appreciate some information, having a pretty hard time of it and nobody to turn to. My level of I-Don’t-Care-About-Anything is high. 2) Be watchful for things that make your symptoms worse. There is no way I could have done it. He researched and read forums to understand what I was truly going through. the origin or your personality and higher order functions etc. Sugar sent me into a tailspin. At one point I wasn’t sure if I was going to throw up or pass out (I ended up doing neither, thank goodness). How long do Effexor withdrawal symptoms last? 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. However, it may be a couple years before you are completely recovered and feel completely “natural” again. Considering the fact that Effexor stays in your system for around 1.15 days and its metabolite O-desmethylvenlafaxine is excreted within 2.52 days of stopping, symptoms initially become most noticeable at around day 3 of the withdrawal process. Sertraline has a relatively short half-life compared to other SSRIs—about one day. Don't want to scare anyone, many people withdraw successfully and feel better as a result but don't mess around with this stuff it can can absolutely cause long term injury or disability, even death in some cases. It prevents the physical symptoms of anxiety, so it doesn’t escalate to panic. I was deficient to begin with. As real as being fully alert and awake – even though what I was experiencing was beyond normal explanations of any kind. My suggestion is not to be alone overnight and get prepared for vomiting, sweats, anxiety. I went from 150 to 75 to 25 to cold turkey. My BP is through the roof too. This is the most widely discussed topic on this site I think. Now I’m cold but still clammy. 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! Only on it for 3 months and it wasn’t helping much so I decided to stop taking… cold turkey! I am not trying that again. I’m going through the same thing right now for my pregnancy. Hi Marine Mom, I’m so sorry for your loss! I decided I wanted off. I am on my second or third week now and the withdrawal symptoms are a lot more tolerable but still the insomnia and itching and hair loss are the worst! On the other hand if you are very sensitive to medication, you may have a tougher time coping with the withdrawal. Hayley. Also be aware that even if you taper successfully you may begin to experience symptoms or additional symptoms months after you have stopped. From there I started opening the capsules and taking a small amount (about 1/3 of one or ~50mg) whenever I started being bothered by the discontinuation symptoms. And I hope you keep trying everything possible! Keep at It!! I am 5 ft. tall and weighed 252 lbs! Since Saturday (Aug 26th) I am on nothing. Give it take an hour or two and I’m in a complete crying fit and I don’t know why. I’m not a doctor but I’m in the process of stopping my Effexor. Half-lives are determined based on the length of time it takes for the body to metabolize one half of the medication. 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. But by the end I was only getting them about once a month. This drug has taken so much away from me. Where are the warnings?! Jan, Omega 3 fish oil (Orthomega), ENCAPSULATED B Complex, vitamin D3 and calcium CITRATE help a lot with those symptoms. I have all the listed symptoms above and it helps to know this is normal and I will get through this. I am also falling asleep while performing activities for a moment or two multiple times a day, in which, I instantly have very vivid dreams and when I come back a sense of believing the dream actually happened. 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.”. Again, this really affects my sleep as I feel like I can’t get enough oxygen. Best of luck . It will get better! How doctors are still prescribing Venlafaxine, I don’t know. I am so glad I found this thread and that it is recent. I know deep down in my heart I'm going to have to make a major life change to get out from under these pharmaceuticals... eat better, get more exercise, find a social circle, find a hobby, etc. The amount of time you have taken this medication means your body has become reliant on this medication for everyday functioning. I thought I was going nuts until I found this place. In other words, you may not be able to cope with what you are experiencing because the withdrawal is that powerful. I had been on .5 mg of Xanax all along. I have headaches that occur right behind my left ear in the same spot but only last a second. The dreams are the worst part for me… I have has them in the past when also trying to stop. The reason being is the "half-life" of the Effexor is very short (missing a dose by the few hours=withdrawals), whereas the Zoloft "half-life" is ~a week. Be sure to always communicate with friends and family during your withdrawal period. I have a 3 month program to reduce dosage. every time I hit the two day mark of not taking it I get sick and have a mental break down. Once before I came off cold turkey, and the withdrawals lasted a few weeks. Also, if withdrawal continues to be difficult, you should definitely get a second opinion on go cold turkey for pregnancy. Please, anyone with experience as to how long the dizziness will last? Right now I am having a hard time typing this on my phone because my rage at predicted text is making me crazy! I just tapered off as well. There has been no warning, sympathy or suggestions on how to pull through. I just wish it was over… I’m so tired of feeling like this. From 225mg I went down to 150 mg daily x 3 months. I have been fortunate to not have brain zaps (I guess). Does anyone have a good time frame I can expect to continue dealing with these symptoms? Because all of the time I took those tablets, I felt less and less like wanting to do things. Until I was referred to a doctor a few of my very close friend swear by… I wished I’d known him years ago! Thanks for that. Even keeping so busy that I can’t possibly fit more in a day isn’t helping. more quickly than is recommended, are experiencing symptoms and are looking for advice as to how long they'll continue my advice would be to reinstate ASAP at the last dose you were stable for a significant period of time. Definitely worth the cold turkey now I’m on the back end of it. I am having small “power surges” (less intense and not debilitating like the zaps) but I try to look at it as a weird, trippy feeling I can ride out. Anxiety, depersonalization, panic attacks, etc. Although the symptoms of an Effexor withdrawal may be uncomfortable or even painful, they won't last forever. It’s been 3 days. Previously on 300mg Effexor for 15 years. I’m really upset that the medical professionals I have seen during my withdrawal seem to have no idea how horrendous it is. There is light at the end of the tunnel but it is bloody hard work to get there. I have a good support system, and am praying a lot. It was similar to the stupor someone feels when waking soon after taking ambien. I will continue to rely on it and the support of those around me to get over this. Then down to 1/2 tablet twice daily, then once, then off completely. Would like to find out how long the withdrawal symptoms will last (approx.) I take a pill every other day and then I’m going to taper to every three days. Data sources include IBM Watson Micromedex (updated 2 Feb 2021), Cerner Multum™ (updated 3 Feb 2021), ASHP (updated 29 Jan 2021) and others. I chose to go cold turkey mainly because I couldn’t get my prescription refilled and wouldn’t be able to for another week and a half. It takes a while to work so give it time. It’s only been 2 & 1/2 weeks since my last pill 37.5 so I know I have along road ahead yet. Mike. Read More. Prior to this I was on Lexapro for a year. I went to see another nurse practitioner (medication provider) and he put me on Viibryd and Gabapentin. 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. Wow I feel ill. The mercurial anger is the most disconcerting. P.S. I haven’t been prepared enough because the tapering down was fairly easy. I know that’s easy for other people to tell you, but we have to try absolutely everything. I started when I was 18. If the symptoms are intolerable reinstate your previous dose until you stabilise & you could then try smaller reductions. My chest feels heavy and, at times, I’m almost gasping for air or so it seems. I was unrecognizable. I am now on the other side of total hell It took about 6 weeks to reduce to zero. Hi everyone. The symptoms of discontinuation from Venlafaxine XR typically are most severe upon complete cessation, but may start to emerge during a taper (i.e. That was 7 years ago and I swear I'm doing worse instead of better. Sweats brain zaps dizziness and nausea are also really bad. That was 8 yrs ago. The Effexor withdrawal timeline can be quite variable. So stay strong everyone. Every symptom possible for about ten days. My doctor recommended it as a way of helping me through that tough period in my life. The fall of 2017 I decided I had had enough. 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. Xx. Have multiple mood swings throughout the day. I have some great days and then back to the unbalance. I was weaned off effexor slowly, completely topped 11 months ago and still have terrible body aches all over my body. I am very close to starting on a small dose to see if it helps. 1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere. Before you know it, it will all be a thing of the past. It seems fairly common for this to happen around 2-3 months post taper. For as long as I can remember I was on Effexor XR 225 a day and like many of you if I’d miss a dose… it was the worse feelings ever… so about 6 months ago I started to taper down. It’s bad; it’s intense. It did not really help with hot flashes. I did not replace the Effexor with another antidepressant. I have used all the behavioral tools I know and teach my clients. Effexor can also be used to treat some anxiety disorders and severe panic attacks. I have been taking Venlafaxine for about 5 years and have decided on cold turkey. 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. Effexor is a monster to get off of, talk to your doc about a much slower taper. Ha! If history is a guide for the future, the 1st month will be the hardest… then I’ll stabilize out. I have taken fish oil, range of vitamins, ginger teas, Benadryl, lots of hot water bottles. I started Effexor XR 37.5mg a year ago for anxiety, and depression. Since ending my taper 3 weeks ago after being on Effexor for 10 years I have experienced all of these symptoms. I stopped the drug cold turkey. Hi Jane… me def not Tarzan. Suicidal feelings 3. For me it had become a pill I take and notice nothing but I’d get physically sick if I forgot to take it. If you have tapered over a relatively fast period ie. The one week of 37.5 basically didn’t help out all. Don’t hesitate to get a new doctor if your current one doesn’t hold up to this level of professionalism. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. In a given month, more than 40 million people take an antidepressant. I’ve been off Effexor for a little over 3 months. Other than the withdrawal I am going through right now I feel great! 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’ve decided to look in the mirror everyday and say I’M DOING THIS FOR ME. I’m glad I’m not alone in this nightmare. Terrified to go back to sleep. Does anyone else keep going freezing cold to the point they are sleeping in 2 quilts? 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