Q. Is it safe to withdraw 37. 5 Effexor by replacing 2 mg Abilify?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
Published on Oct 08, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 11, 2019

Hello doctor,

Can Abilify (2 mg) help me get off 37.5 mg Effexor? That is what my psychiatrist prescribed.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

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Welcome to icliniq.com.

You are taking a minimum dose of Effexor on alternate days, and it is relatively easier to get off from this dose. But you are not able to get off from the drug. Abilify is Aripiprazole and is an antipsychotic drug. In a low dose, the drug might help to ease withdrawal if you suffer any. But since the drug is different from Effexor in pharmaco-dynamic actions so I do not think the drug can help in reducing the severe withdrawal symptoms. Taking low dose Klonopin (Clonazepam) along with Abilify should help to minimize the anxiety due to withdrawal, and you should give it a try.

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