Let me start by saying that anyone planning to make changes to their prescribed medication, whether changing the dose or stopping all together, should only do so under the supervision of their doctor. And whilst this thread predominantly deals with venlafaxine withdrawal I would love to hear about people's experiences of withdrawing from any anti-depressant.
I've been on Venlalic XL (venlafaxine, prolonged release, 225mg per day) for about 12 months. I'd like to try getting off the meds so I'm going to speak to my doctor about this. I've heard that the withdrawal effects can be quite unpleasant even when you gradually taper the dose.
Do any of you have any advice for someone trying to stop taking venlafaxine? Did you find anything that helped to reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawal?
If you've never taken venlafaxine but have experience withdrawing from other anti-depressants and would like to share some tips for coping with the effects of withdrawal I would love to hear from you too.