read this ASAP "How to get off Effexor symptom free":
Effexor is notorious for being extremely troublesome to wean off. It has a very short half life and needs to be withdrawn very very very gradually to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. (Of course they don't tell you that when they put you ON the medication.)
Some options for getting it cheaper in the meantime so you can wean off:
- Get the generic.
- Explain your situation to the doctor who prescribed you, s/he will probably give you some samples to tide you over.
- Costco has great prices on generics, I think they are about 40-60% of the price of the same generics at chain pharmacies and you do not need a Costco membership to buy from them (although I think you have to pay by check or cash).
Unfortunately, "Venlafaxine Hydrochloride" is not a covered drug under Walmart's or Target's $4 prescription program, but these are good programs to know about if you don't have insurance - these may come in handy:
Best of luck.
I should have answered your question more directly: the weaning schedule you mentioned is probably much too rapid to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Read others' experience with both successful and failed attempts:
"How to get off Effexor symptom free":