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Old 10-25-2006, 12:36 PM   #1
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Getting off Effexor

I'm currently on 150MG. I've decided it's time to get off it. Unfortunately I just filled my perscription for a 3 month supply. Would seem like a waste to toss them and work m way off with the smaller pills. Could I break the capsule open and take the beads dirrectly, slowly reducing the count as time goes on?

 
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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Re: Getting off Effexor

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I'm currently on 150MG. I've decided it's time to get off it. Unfortunately I just filled my perscription for a 3 month supply. Would seem like a waste to toss them and work m way off with the smaller pills. Could I break the capsule open and take the beads dirrectly, slowly reducing the count as time goes on?




I to decided to come off effexor due to weight gain however I didnt ha ve slow release capsules so I cut mine in half and took it I dont see any reason why you couldn't do that just take half the beads dont quote me on this but I am fairly sure that effexor xr is just timed released thats why there ina capsule so your stomach slowly breaks it down so you get the med slowly I had pills 75mg morning 75mg nightly
when I went to my doc to come off the pills I felt like they werent working enough to risk my health with all this weight gain which at this point was causeing more and more health problems he talked me into trying another med which was a bipolar med well I gave in tried it and then decided to go cold turkey instead however the brain shivers and other withdrawls I got when comeing off effexor in the past didn't effect me due to the other med in my system then I quit that one and I seem to be fine so far I think I got lucky cause the withdrawls from effexor are horrible I would try it your way if I was you slowly get it out of your system

 
Old 10-25-2006, 09:31 PM   #3
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Re: Getting off Effexor

Cutting your dose in half would be tapering much too fast. You should cut down by no more than 10% each week -- take the same dose every day (not every other day) for a week, then move down and take that lower dose every day for a week. If you are experiencing too many withdrawal effects, then slow down the taper even more.

Good luck and take care.

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Old 10-26-2006, 02:51 AM   #4
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Re: Getting off Effexor

I was actually planning on going real slow to avoid the withdrawl as much as possible. Something like 5-10 less beads a week.

 
Old 10-26-2006, 07:14 PM   #5
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Re: Getting off Effexor

I second what SOE says. The slower the better. You will probably need that 3 mos supply. It took me 3mos to come off of my 75mg dosage. I know I've mentioned this many times ,but because it helped me so much in the withdrawal process (even though I found it at the very end of my tapering) I found something called Clear Motion and Digestive Aid. It's all natural and meant mostly for car sickness ,sea sickness etc...but it totally took away my symptoms of dizziness and nausea. Good luck....

p.s. I gained 20lbs while on it and it is very slowly coming off with a little help from me ( mainly exercise..)

 
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I was actually planning on going real slow to avoid the withdrawl as much as possible. Something like 5-10 less beads a week.
That's good. FYI, Benedryl also helps a lot with withdrawal symptoms.

 
Old 10-26-2006, 11:23 PM   #7
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Re: Getting off Effexor

Thanks for the tip. I just took my first reduced dose. See how I am tomorrow.

 
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