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I need to get off of Effexor XR. Help!
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    Juliana727 is offline New Member
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    Hi Everyone!

    I know this has probably been asked before but I thought I would start a new thread because I haven't seen a recent one.

    I have been taking Effexor XR 150 mg for 14 years. I also have been abusing laxatives for 23 years. I have been very sick for 2 months, and today I had an endoscopy. I have a paralyzed stomach from the laxative abuse.

    They put me on Metoclopramide HCL 5mg/5ml. I haven't taken it yet because I can't take it with Effexor. If I don't take it,(Meto) or if it doesn't work, I am looking at a feeding tube for the rest of my life.

    I am a young 54, single, no boyfriend, and fairly attractive. I am hoping to get married one day, or at least date, but the feeding tube would be a turn off to men...I am assuming. Plus, I don't want to be on a feeding tube. I love food. Hence the eating disorder.

    So, how do I safely, and somewhat swiftly, wean off of the Effexor XR as not to have horrible withdrawals. I have some 75 mg from a few years back, and I could ask my psych Dr to prescribe a different dosage, say 125mg, 100, mg, but I want to hear from you all what worked for you. I have tried to stop previously cold turkey, but I will never subject myself to that torture again.

    Thanks so much in advance, and may you find peace in your life without any drugs or alcohol. Or laxatives.

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    So what happened. Its taken me a few months of heck to get from 300mg after 14 years to 75 currently.

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    Juliana727 is offline New Member
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    I am on 225 mg of Effexor. I am planning to start going down 25 mg at a time next week or the week after. I just got off of buproprian. My mom passed and I was a mess, so they upped it to 225 mg. Didn't help except for maybe 2 weeks. I am only on 2 laxatives a day though. Gained 100 pounds over the past 2 years though. The Drs took another test and I don't have paralyzed stomach.
    How did you wean yourself off? Do you think 25 mg is too much to go down at a time? What withdrawal symptoms did you have? I heard Vitamin C and Fish Oil is good for brain zaps. Thankyou and congratulations! You are almost off. I want to go back to Paxil but have to get off Effexor first. Seratonin Syndrome. Did you go on something else? Thanks!

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