3 weeks on 150

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Hi. I've been on 75 mgs for over 13 years, had a major life event and my anxiety skyrocketed. I'm now on 150 mg. I wasn't experiencing any side effects and started feeling the effects of the increased dose at about week 2. The past few days I've been having breakthrough anxiety throughout the day and now it's back in the morning. I hope this evens out. because I can't bear to think of weaning off this and starting something else or even increasing my dosage again.

Has this happened to anybody and what was your outcome.... did you stay on the 150 and did your anxiety go away completely after your increase

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    Hi Tammy. I'm on ven at 150mg XR just now. I felt more anxiety with the increase from 75mg to 150mg. I was prescribed quetiapine for extreme anxiety and intrusive thoughts. I just found out that I don't have depression but bi-polar 2 and shouldn't have been given antidepressants with out a mood stabilizer! The quetiapine has made a big difference to the anxiety tho. (It's an antipsychotic but is also sometimes prescribed by a psychiatrist for extreme anxiety or for adding to an antidepressant to help mood). If you haven't already been prescribed them you could ask for some short term diazepam to help with the anxiety until you adapt to your antidepressant. I'm still on the 150mg xr of venlafaxine but will taper down off these when the quetiapine is at therapeutic level. Hope things go ok for you. Jackie x

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      Thanks for the advice. So far, I've only seen my PCP, no psychiatrist yet. My husband who's a PCP recommended that I get a saliva test. I'm thinking about that. But I did try trazadone, didn't help much, Ativan was too short acting, so I was taking 1/4 tab of a 1 mg clonopin in the am and again in the evening. One pill would last 2 days. I have not taken much these last week being that I was feeling better. Had to this am. I'm going to research that quetiapine. Never heard of it! But thank you for the advice.

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    That's no problem Tammy. Hope you get something to help with the anxiety as it's horrible to go through. You can get quetiapine in different dosages ( can start at 25mg twice a day). It's more fast acting than an antidepressant. Helps with sleep immediately. As far as the anxiety it's calmed it right down in just over 9 days and I was in a dreadfull state - as near to suicidal as I ever want to be. Called NHS 24 and they sent the police to my house to escort me to A&E for help! So really horrendous stuff does go away! Hope I don't offend anyone with that information but just wanted to let people know that they can come back from a really dark place to feel well again. Jackie xx

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