So been well over ten years I’ve been on 300 mgs of effexor. It’s a pretty brutal pill for me but it’s benefits are huge. I do have some serious depression. Still. I’ve been stable so long I’m going to try coming down a bit. My first goal is getting stable on 225mgs then if that goes well down to 150.
I think 150 is a reasonable goal. I know when I miss a dose of effexor because you know about it in the afternoon. It’s withdrawal is real and strong but still hopeful that I can do this. Why not try is my opinion.
Shrink is all onboard so first things first I’ve a script for 75mgs…I just filled two 150’s but that is just how the pills come. Wish me luck. I envisage 6 weeks on 225mgs and if all good will go try 150 is the plan.
You can do this @rogueone keep us updated daily for support and if the depression increases message me any time!
Remember there is no rush @rogueone
Take your time and it will have a better chance of working.
I have come down on tablets too fast before and it was not good for my health overall
Hey @Longhorn21 and @Joker . Yeah it’s a bit of a risk because I’ve been stable so long but I think it’s worth a try. Thanks heaps for the support I’ll update you on my progress for sure. Just went and got my script for 75 mgs filled. Tomorrow is d day.
If I may ask… if you been stable for so long while being on them why get off of them?
Yeah good question. Namely my side effects of IBS. Really noticeable on effexor and I am hoping it will help if I halve the dose. That is the plan. STill. I’m soon to be 50 and I’m hoping my symptoms are pretty stable an I can do this…We shall see. And I’m just halving the dose. I think 150 would be more manageable fingers crossed.
Oh okay make sense! Good luck!
I resent Effexor. I was a normal but definitely anxious person somewhat. A little odd but professional and high functioning. Then I felt this depression that I didn’t feel since I was young (and needed ect when young). I didn’t want that again.
So I went to my doctor. Went on effexor and it started ‘working’ immediately on a small dose. I felt as beautiful as a movie star and bigger than anything. Dr was confused about that and slowly rise me to therapeutic level. I ended up manic or mixes or something. Lamictal and lithium eventually stabilize me somewhat. Never was the same. Was diagnosed with bipolar. It was my first time sick off work. I have been getting less functional ever since.
I had effexor for a couple of years, it was all right but not perfect, then it pooped out, then i weaned of the drug with horrible withdrawal / abstinence, brain zaps, insomnia… Finally my doctor put me on Isocarboxide, and it works even better.
Wish you luck, hope you don’t get any Brain Zaps.