I am now 5 weeks into stepping off Effexor. I am taking 1/4 the dose I was before. Last Saturday I started phase 2 (the 1/4 dose). Although I did suffer some headaches and dizziness, which are to be expected, it has been a relatively easy process so far, with no noticeable emotional problems.
I saw my MD today, and he gave me the green light to come off completely whenever I want. My game-plan going forward is to stay at this dose for another week, then start taking them every other day. The last step after that is to stop taking them altogether. I am looking at about 4 weeks till I am of my meds completely!
In promise another update as I progress! I am happy I did this under MEDICAL SUPERVISION!!! I recommend that you do the same if you are considering coming off your meds!