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I started on Avanza at 30mg 5 nights ago, having been on Cipramil for 4 years. Weaned off Cipramil over a four day period prior to this. Monday (day 1) I could not get out of bed until 7.000pm that night. Since then, I have been able to get to a position of being able to function by early afternoon.
I saw my GP today (specialist is away for a few weeks) and he has reduced he dose to 15mg and I see him in a weeks time. He told me that it is highly unusual to start on such a high dose. He has also suggested that I take Berocca when I get up each morning.
I am starting to sleep better at night and the vivid dreams are now less threatening although still bizzare. Previously my dreams were about my work (work stress was the precipitating factor for the worsening of my depression) and were of nightmarish dimensions.
Once the drowsiness disappears each day, I am able to function at a better level then previously, so if I can persevere with this medication through the side effects, I am confident that the medication will work for me.
So far, my appetite has not increased at all, if anything I have felt less like eating than previously.
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