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I have been on effexor 300mg for about 5 years and have

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i have been on effexor 300mg for about 5 years and have decided to come off it. my gp reduced my dose to 225mg about 7 weeks ago and plans to reduce it by 75mg every 3 mths. i have noticed that since starting the reduced dose i have become very anxious, irritable, emotional with constant negative thoughts and very troubled sleep. is this normal when reducing dosage and what can i do about it
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr Jef Burk replied 8 years ago.

To be honest I would be surprised if these symptoms are directly related to your reduction in dose - even your present dose of 225mg is above the usual treatment dose of 150mg.

After 5 years of treatment it is improbable that your symptoms would come back after stopping treatment - if they did it would usually be 6m+ after stopping.

While not addictive patients often feel that if they do not take the drug they will feel bad again - and if you expect that to happen then it often will.

I suggest that you speak with your GP again and stay on the 225mg till you feel batter - only then should you cut to the next dose.

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