We offer affordable tapering programs to help you withdraw from Venlafaxine and other antidepressants.

Venlafaxine was approved in 1993 for the treatment of major depressive disorder, and is an SSNRI (Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor). 17.2 million prescriptions were sold in 2007, making it the 6th most commonly prescribed antidepressant.

Because Venlafaxine exerts its action on both Serotonin and Norepinephrine, it can affect the cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal and renal systems along with affecting heart rate, blood pressure and the sympathetic nervous system. Abruptly discontinuing Venlafaxine or reducing too rapidly can cause a discontinuation syndrome causing withdrawal symptoms that include poor coordination, extreme fatigue, disorientation, stomach cramps and severe headaches.

Stopping Venlafaxine can cause a discontinuation syndrome, or severe Venlafaxine withdrawal symptoms. Venlafaxine Withdrawal doesn't have to be challenging. We can help you regain your life.

How Our Venlafaxine Withdrawal Program Works:

  • Our non-profit team guides you every step of the way through your Venlafaxine taper.
  • The Point of Return program includes nutraceuticals to help minimize Venlafaxine withdrawal symptoms.
  • We eliminate possible interaction items so your Venlafaxine withdrawal is more comfortable.
  • Instead of adding in other medications in an attempt to reduce Venlafaxine withdrawal, we take an all-natural, non-drugging approach to Venlavafaxine dependency.
  • Begin our program and start the process of escaping Venlafaxine addiction.

Call toll free 866.605.2333 for a free consultation or send us a confidential inquiry.

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Included in our Venlafaxine Withdrawal Program

venlafaxine withdrawal program

*nutraceuticals are used throughout the taper

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Venlafaxine abrupt discontinuation symptoms may include:

agitation, anxiety, confusion, irritability, sensory disturbances, electric shock sensations, dysphoric mood, headache, emotional liability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, seizures, impaired coordination, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, nightmares, somnolence, tremor, vertigo and vomiting

Venlafaxine side effects may include:

abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation or orgasm, anxiety, appetite loss, blurred vision, chills, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, frequent urination, flushing, gas, headache, impotence, infection, insomnia, muscle tension, nausea, nervousness, rash, sleepiness, sweating, tingling feeling, tremor, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, yawning, abnormal taste, abnormal thinking, agitation, chest pain, confusion, decreased sex drive, depression, dilated pupils, dizziness upon standing up, high blood pressure, itching, loss of identity, rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears, trauma, twitching, urinary problems, weight loss

Venlafaxine Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:

aggression, anxiety, balance issues , blurred vision, brain zaps, concentration impairment, constipation, crying spells, depersonalization, diarrhea, dizziness. electric shock sensations, fatigue, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, hostility, highly emotional, indigestion, irritability, impaired speech, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lack of coordination, lethargy, migraine headaches / increased headaches, nausea, nervousness, over-reacting to situations, paranoia, repetitive thoughts or songs, sensory & sleep disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathisia), stomach cramps, tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing), tingling sensations, troubling thoughts, visual hallucinations / illusions, vivid dreams, speech or visual changes, worsened depression

What is Venlafaxine?


Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor antidepressant that was first introduced in 1993 and by 2007 was the sixth most commonly prescribed antidepressant in the U.S. Many physicians are prescribing Effexor for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and migraines, however Venlafaxine can exacerbate or cause migraines. Effexor may lower the seizure threshold and coadministering with other medications that also lower this threshold (including Bupropion and Tramadol) should be done with caution. Caution should also be used combining Effexor with St. John’s Wort due to a potential for Serotonin Syndrome. Effexor lost its patent protection in August 2006 and Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine )was approved In January 2007.  Many patients can experience an SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome (withdrawal symptoms) if Effexor is abruptly or too rapidly reduced.  A gradual dose reduction is recommended.
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    DISCLAIMER: *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and must be done with their consent and support. More...

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My healing began with Point of Return

"It has been one year this month of September since I began the program and today I am free of drugs." -Laura S., (Colorado) Effexor (Venlafaxine), Mirtazapam, Xanax, Tramadol

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"My heartfelt thanks to all of the POINT OF RETURN team – the group of participants that provide emotional support on the forum – and most of all – to Alesandra."
-Keillia A., (Canada) Effexor

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