He suggested I ween myself off slowly over the course of 7 weeks; on the first week, miss 1 day. On the second week, miss 2 days (spaced apart). On the third week, miss 3 days (also spaced apart), and so forth until I am not taking any pills for 7 days.
When I expressed my fears of withdrawal and mentioned the horrendous living nightmare withdrawal was the last time I went off Effexor, he suggested stopping the Effexor over 14 weeks instead of 7; skip pills for 1 day for TWO weeks, then skip for 2 days for the following two weeks, and so forth.
I thought it was a good idea, and I only just begun the cessation of Effexor (missed my first dosage on Monday and BOY did I feel it), but now I'm starting to wonder if 7 weeks is the better option. The reason being I start my first year as a teacher at the end of August. It's going to be extremely stressful and it's my first year of my career!
If I take the route of 14 weeks, this means I will still be skipping pills as late as October. This worries me a lot, because that's already deep into the first term. If I take the route of 7 weeks, I'll be off Effexor completely by the first week of the school year. Of course, the withdrawal will likely be more intense if I'm weening myself off it that much quicker.
I'm waiting for my doctor's response on all this, but in the meantime I'm curious to hear what other people think.
What is YOUR opinion? What do you think would be the better option?
If you've gone through the process of stopping Effexor, how did you do it and how long did it take?
I don't want to be skipping pills as late as October, yet I don't want to speed up the cessation process any more than necessary. Right now I'm unemployed so I don't have to worry about any responsibilities, but I'm worried for the fall.
Thanks to anyone who bothered to read all this rambling!