A quick review of Venlafaxine (antidepressant)

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I have been using Venlafaxine 150mg for 3 weeks so far, at first it did make be feel a bit anxious but I am starting to feel a bit happier. Just a tip for you guys if you do try it, it will make you feel worse for the first 2 weeks or so. I don't know why the doctor didn't tell me this. But I really wanted to tell others as I was so worried for a while. So if you do start taking it, just take your time and relax, it will pass xx 

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    So glad it is working for you, I have been taking 300mg daily of Venlafaxine for about 8 months and it hasn't done anything for me, doctor even tried "boosting" it with 45mg Mirtazapine, still nothing........!! sad

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      REALLY? I'm soooooooooo sorry to hear about that sad That is not good enough, you can't suffer like that!! I really sympathise with you. I don't know if you are aware but there are stronger antidepressants. My friend had a similar experience as you, he just could not get any relief from the standard antidepressants. He was referred to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrist are able to prescribed medications that GP's can not, they have more powers etc. He was prescribed Lithium, I must say though Lithium is only prescribed in certain circumstances, I don't know a great deal about it. I just thought I would let you know, as I hate to think of you suffering if there is a way to stop it!! Plus also they maybe have other medications other than Lithium that they could prescribe you. Maybe it's worth seeing if they can refer you to a psychiatrist xx

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    I have taken 300 mg venlafaxine and 15 mg mirtazapine (mostly for sleep) since July 2015 for treatment resistant depression. It works so well for me that I have my life back and am happy. I hope you will find something that does work as well for you.
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    Hi phyllis11904 that's GREAT to hear it works so well for you smile that gives me hope as it's working a tiny bit at the moment, so I guess in a few more weeks it will get even better smile Thank you for the info, im happy your life is on a good track again. Blessings to you xx 

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    I had a severe reaction to venaflaxine; it made me impulsive, suicidal and intensely unable to cope.

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    Hi jj. When I first started taking venlafaxine the pharmacist told me it would take a few weeks before I would really notice a lift in my mood. I hope you will keep feeling better like I did.
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      That sounds great smile Thank you so much Phyllis, yes I am feeling a little better each day, so I hope soon I will feel normal/happy. Thank you so much for your advice xx
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