I didn't even gradually reduce the Effexor. At least I don't think I did. What happened was that when I first started taking the antifungals (Nystatin or Difulcan at the time), I was so focused on being sure that I took all of them at the prescribed time, that at some point I started completely forgetting to take the Effexor. At the time, I had one of those seven day pill holders where I put all of the pills I was supposed to take in one day, including the antifungals. I noticed after a while that at the end of the week, all of the pills in the pill well would be gone except for the Effexor. I would put the Effexor from the prior week into the next week's pill well, only to find out that at the end of the next week, the same thing happened. The Effexor was still there. After several weeks of doing this, it occurred to me that somewhere along the line I had totally gone off the Effexor without even consciously trying to. I also found that my depression had totally lifted from me, which I found amazing. I guess I subconsously stopped taking the Effexor because I realized that I didn't need it anymore. I've read stories of how difficult it is for others to go off of it, but that wasn't the case with me. Because it was so easy to go off of it, I've wondered if the withdrawal symptoms have something to do with candida.
I've found some past posts where I described my experience: