Q. Please suggest how to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring after stopping antidepressants.

Answered by
Dr. Parth N. Nagda
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This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 20, 2022 and last reviewed on: Nov 07, 2022

Hello doctor,

I think I am going through withdrawal symptoms because of antidepressants. My doctor says I should not undergo these symptoms but I really think I am going through them. I was taking Effexor but then I stopped taking it and I feel awful. I was trying to switch from Effexor to Wellbutrin so I have been taking Effexor and Wellbutrin together because it is the only way I can function. Is this safe? Sorry I have no clue what to do. Please suggest some solution.



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Venlafaxine is known to cause withdrawal symptoms and it cannot be just stopped like that in the first place.

There are different ways to try to stop it. I would suggest:

1. Switch from Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (Venlafaxine) to a TCA (tricyclic antidepressants)-type antidepressant and then taper the dose slowly.

2. Reduce from 112.5 milligrams to 75 milligrams, to 37.5 milligrams over four to six weeks.

3. Dissolve the whole tablet in 200 milliliters of juice. Drink 190 milliliters for 3 days and discard the rest. Drink 180 milliliters for 3 days, discard the rest, and so on. It will be a bit slow, but you will not have any problems.

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