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Desvenlafaxine Tapering

It is a sad reality that the allopathic medical profession fails to properly investigate and evaluate the causes of a person’s depression. That serious oversight can sabotage any kind of sound foundation needed for desvenlafaxine tapering.

Depression is often a complex issue that can be brought on by a variety of biological and lifestyle factors that do NOT include some sort of medication deficiency. These concepts must be understood for successful desvenlafaxine tapering results. 

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Desvenlafaxine tapering may provide help for those who have been taking this medication for some time. And yet, they are experiencing side effects that have outweighed any benefits. Some of the most common of these adverse reactions include sexual dysfunction, commonly accompanied by a loss of interest in sex, and emotional blunting. There are additional feelings and sensations that can be quite unsettling such as brain zaps, nausea, and suicidal thinking. A full list of these can be accessed by reading the FDA label information in full. In particular, please see section 6: Adverse Reactions.1

With so many possible reactions, it is clear that a person may have reached a point where stopping desvenlafaxine becomes an urgent health matter. How to get off desvenlafaxine safely, however, is a matter that should be researched well and not done quickly, nor without help and guidance.

How to Get Off Desvenlafaxine Safely

getting off antidepressantsGetting off desvenlafaxine safely is definitely possible. However, one most apparent difficulty with trying to quit desvenlafaxine is that the medication is manufactured in a timed-release oral tablet. A person who has thought of trying to quit desvenlafaxine may have become puzzled after running into this problem. Commonly, one may have felt that getting off desvenlafaxine is not even possible. However, please know that help is available to you or your loved one at the Alternative to Meds Center. One is choosing natural mental health recovery when considering the option of withdrawal from desvenlafaxine at Alternative to Meds..

It is the same for any brand name for desvenlafaxine as they are all sustained-release. Please note that for stopping desvenlafaxine one cannot simply cut the pill into smaller pieces, due to the way the drug is manufactured. With slow-release formulations. it may be possible to make the process of desvenlafaxine tapering easier on the system through a process called “cross-tapering.” But any cross-taper process should only be done under very close monitoring and management by a physician who is familiar with it and has confidence in administering the required steps. Trying to quit desvenlafaxine should be done with guidance and help wherever possible.

How to get off desvenlafaxine safely can seem daunting, especially to do on one’s own. Sadly, there seem to be very few general practitioners sufficiently trained and confident enough to assist in tapering antidepressants, let alone cross-tapering desvenlafaxine. Some pharmacies have provided online “calculators” for doctors to use in helping their patients to get off non-sustained release types of other antidepressants, but these don’t apply to a time-release-drug like desvenlafaxine. While one must commend pharmacists for recognizing the problem and proactively trying to assist, such a tool offers insufficient help. What is missing would be guidance regarding the many micro-changes a patient may experience on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Also, intrinsic differences from one person to another must be considered. 2

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Have Pharmaceutical Companies Supplanted Doctoring?

There was a time when a doctor would routinely and carefully construct each patient’s profile. It would be based on multiple interviews, assessing symptoms, and rigorously testing for potential causative factors. The doctor would also try to rule out the possibility of certain physical precursors such as dietary deficiencies, or pathogens. There may have been other pertinent information that could be gathered and looked over, and this would lead to effective treatment. Treatment did not ALWAYS mean a prescription for a drug. This type of physician care was done within a context of mutual trust and caring for their patients according to the physician’s rigorous training, Hippocratic oath, and practical experience. A doctor’s job was to look for and possibly discover any root causes, and then treat them. And, thankfully, we may be seeing something of a renaissance of this type of doctoring today. A welcome change, to be sure. 

As an example, recent Harvard Medical School publications showed that depression itself is often linked to a deficiency in B12. The US National Library of Medicine has also published papers showing that toxic accumulations such as lead in the body can link to depression.3,4,5 Therefore, one could predict that more physicians may start testing for such conditions and treat them accordingly. I think we are starting to see this non-drug based treatment supported a little more frequently, at least by physicians who are keeping abreast of such important current studies.

How Safe Are Antidepressants?

Sadly, the field of medicine appears to still be quite saturated with pervasive interference from pharmaceutical drug-makers. Drugs are a necessary “part” of medical treatments, such as antibiotics, antivenoms, insulins, etc. But one can easily witness that the medical industry has become top-heavy with drug-based treatments, many of which remain controversial, yet only minimally tested for safety.

For example, SNRI drugs were tested only very briefly in pre-marketing trials. Even though studies indicated a doubling of suicidality in some age ranges, this did not prevent them from being approved and sold. As other problems continued to come to light post-marketing, many restrictions and warnings had to be placed on drug labels. Some feel these have served to protect sales more than the health of consumers.

A person trying to find out more about antidepressant medications is probably going to run into many conflicting reports, studies, and unanswered questions. Have doctors become too accustomed to repackaging symptoms (like depression) as a disease? How accurate can a diagnosis be when no testing is done? There are many questions one could ask about common medical practices of today. One wonders how long it may take for this backdrop of confusion to resolve. Meanwhile, the drug companies seem comfortably poised to remain in business, and well behind the din for some time to come.

The Alternative to Meds Center Desvenlafaxine Tapering Program

The Alternative to Meds Center offers a desvenlafaxine tapering program that provides 24/7 monitoring and competent, attentive care during the process. Our beautiful inpatient facility has been designed for maximum client comfort. Getting off desvenlafaxine does not have to be a torturous experience. In fact, using our protocols as we have been for a decade and a half, has lead to resounding success. Clients are often surprised at how mild the process can be. Where indicated, cross-tapering may be a much milder and easier to tolerate option for desvenlafaxine cessation.

testing and treatment modalitiesSince it is important to test for and clear toxins from the body, that is one of the first actions to do.4,6 Relieving the body of these toxic accumulations allows for normalization to begin of previously compromised systems in the body. All the parts and systems in the body interconnect, including the CNS/neurochemistry, the digestive system, and many other vital parts of a healthy body.

Providing a clean diet, that is, food well-prepared without preservatives, chemicals, or additives, can also speed up the time needed for a body to adjust to withdrawal from desvenlafaxine or any other medication. Replenishing vitamins and minerals is accomplished where testing showed deficiencies. A person can quite quickly begin to feel the relief that comes from handling such factors. And often, it can provide ACTUAL relief for conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and others.

Find Out More

There is much more information we would like to share about stopping desvenlafaxine or other medications, safely and comfortably. We would like to provide you more info about the services offered at Alternative to Meds Center. And, we’d like to enlighten you further on properly done withdrawal from desvenlafaxine. Please contact us and find out how our desvenlafaxine tapering program may be the exact opportunity you have been searching for.


1. FDA label desvenlafaxine, “Section 6: Adverse Reactions” [cited October 2, 2019]

2. SSRI Discontinuation calculator by a group of pharmacists at PurePharm Inc, N.D., ref to an earlier 2002 study by Bogetto et.al.,  [cited October 2, 2019] 

3. Skerrit PJ, “Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful” [INTERNET] [January 10, 2013 updated 2019 Feb 11] [cited October 2, 2019]

4. Harvard Health “What Causes Depression?” [INTERNET] June 2003, updated 2019 Jun [cited October 2, 2019]

5. Bouchard M, et.al., “Blood Lead Levels and Major Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in U.S. Young Adults”  US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] December 2009 [cited October 2, 2019]

6. Korn L, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP, “How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health”   Psychology Today [INTERNET] [cited October 2, 2019]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

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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