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Antidepressants Effexor Withdrawal

Antidepressant medications generally are administered prior to any substantial medical investigations or lifestyle interventions, and almost no consideration of what Effexor withdrawal might look like.

Depression can be the result of impaired hormonal states, deficiency of vitamin D, substandard diet, adrenal fatigue, lack of exercise, failed life aspirations, and other factors other than a medication deficiency.

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Alternative to Meds Center has been able to identify Effexor withdrawal help methods which make this experience simpler, and greatly lessen withdrawal side effects so you can get off Effexor more easily and reach your greatest potential.

What Leads to Effexor Withdrawal?

People choose Effexor withdrawal for various reasons. For many people, anti-depression drugs are given during an emotionally traumatic time in their life, and then several years later they still are on this medication. If they try stopping the drug, they can suffer from Effexor side effects of withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal from Effexor can emerge after missing just one dose; a person may begin feeling withdrawal as early as a few hours after missing a dose. Many people are startled when they have missed a dose or have decided to lower their dosage and all of a sudden, Effexor withdrawal symptoms emerge. Some people may be misinformed about the potential dependence which the body and mind can form to anti-depressant medications. Even if a person is taking a very low dose, they may need Effexor withdrawal treatment, as severe withdrawal symptoms can still develop in patients on all dosage levels. You don’t have to suffer from depression or Effexor withdrawal any longer.

Why Does Effexor Cause Withdrawal?

Effexor has a “half-life” of about five hours; this is why withdrawal symptoms develop so quickly and even from just missing one dose. The half-life of a drug refers to the length of time it takes for the body to have metabolized (used, burned up) one half of the drug. Five hours is a shorter half-life than most drugs of this nature. Anywhere between five to twelve hours after missing a dose of Effexor is when most people start to feel or are able to identify the onset of Effexor withdrawal. The manufacturer of Effexor, Wyeth-Ayerst, conducted a survey which has shown that at least 35% of patients experience antidepressant withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking Effexor. According to their methods of counting and measuring, the withdrawal symptoms that Wyeth-Ayerst identified during their survey included flu-like symptoms, loss of energy, nervousness, insomnia, and nausea. Don’t allow Effexor to control your life.

What are the Symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?

Never stop Effexor cold-turkey or too abruptly, as withdrawal symptoms can be harsh and even startling.sup>1 These can vary from person to person but typically a person might experience anything from a pounding headache to muscle twitching, vertigo to hallucinations of sight and/or sound, brain zaps and many other reactions such as intense fatigue or wide-eyed insomnia. The FDA has defined any side effects from withdrawal that cause death, cancer, permanent disability, birth defects or hospitalization as “serious.”2 Abruptly withdrawing from this antidepressant can result in serious withdrawal symptoms from Effexor. This medication should never be suddenly discontinued. Trying to quit Effexor is something that should be taken seriously and should be done under medical Effexor withdrawal treatment or oversight of some form. Through easing your withdrawal pain you can center your attention on creating a happy, Effexor-free life.

What should you do if you want to stop taking Effexor without withdrawal?

Talking to the doctor who prescribed this medication to you is a good place to start. A medical doctor is capable of helping you slowly lower the dosage you are taking to allow time for the body and mind to adjust over a slow dosage reduction that can take many months in order to avoid painful and uncomfortable withdrawal side effects. However, rehabilitation or more intensive Effexor withdrawal help may be needed if withdrawal symptoms are severe. Withdrawal side effects are mental, emotional and physical. The reasons for taking the anti-depressant such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety will most likely return upon discontinuation. Therefore, it is important to have an alternative mental health maintenance plan in effect during withdrawal. How long does withdrawal from Effexor last? This varies for each person, however having all of the right help in place greatly reduces withdrawal time and severity. A scientific way of getting off Effexor.

How can depression and withdrawal be overcome?

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Alternative therapies will not only help you to get through your withdrawal process, but they will also help you to take the necessary steps toward achieving your desired state of mental health. Alternative therapies such as counseling will help a person who is withdrawing understand the underlying reasons for their depression. Getting through the Effexor tapering process in the most comfortable way possible, mentally and physically, comes down to making a shift towards what you want and watch in amazement as everything in life starts to come together and work out. Individuals who are prescribed antidepressants are usually given these medications before an effort has been given to figure out what is causing their depression.3 Don’t wait any longer to fulfill your desire for achieving a healthy Effexor withdrawal program at the Alternative to Meds Center where real help is in your reach.

What does Effexor do to the mind and body?

SNRIs and SSRIs do not create any serotonin, but they do stop the serotonin reuptake from happening. Serotonin acts as an inhibitory agent, inhibiting outside stimuli and stress from the environment. It also produces the neurohormones needed for sleep and decreases compulsive behaviors and thoughts. Even when a person does not have a serotonin deficiency in the first place, the use of this antidepressant can cause the person to eventually become deficient in serotonin. When a person is in Effexor withdrawal (or Effexor XR withdrawal), they will likely suffer from some combination of symptoms like anxiety, racing thoughts, mania, anxiety, overstimulation, insomnia, symptoms of OCD and even symptoms similar to those of Tourette’s. These symptoms occur because now there truly is a serotonin deficiency.

Effective relief from Effexor withdrawal symptoms is available at Alternative to Meds Center where we employ scientific solutions for mental health concerns.

Alternative to Meds Center uncovers the underlying reasons of why a person may have depression. Our program methods include lab tests, use of natural substances to balance neurochemistry, body cleansing to rid environmentally accumulated neurotoxins, methodical medication tapering techniques, amino therapy and other nutritional therapy, personal training, exercise, massage, peer support, yoga, and other therapies to provide the best possible environment for a person to comfortably get through Effexor Withdrawal.

    1. “Venlafaxine (Effexor)” National Alliance on Mental Illness [Internet] [cited 2019 Oct].
    2. FDA “FDA Bulletin from the Code of Federal Regulations 21” [Internet] [cited 2019 Oct].
    3. “What Causes Depression?” Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School Publications [Internet] updated 2019 Jun [cited 2019 Oct].

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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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