Back on venlafaxine of mirtazapine is that good or bad

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eight days of venlafaxine had 16 days on mirtazapine had to go back on vf the withdrawal to much brain zaps as I understand this was,my emotion just hit another level, crying couldn't stop just got upset over everything 48 year old man doctor took me out of fire exit cos I was that bad .Now back on vf I feel I have more control over emotion brain zaps has gone but when relaxed I can hear like a beat from my head in this zapping noise but I can put up with tha ,I now have this restless legs thing mostly at nights trying to shake legs stretch legs horrible

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    You shouldn't really switch from venlaflaxine to mirtazapine. Always wean yourself off venlaflaxine gently - half dosage for two/three weeks, then half again etc ...

    Restless legs can be caused by a lack of potassium. Eat a couple of bananas a day and see if it helps.

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      Hi peter thanks for advice I will try banannas gonna get one now ,thought the restless legs could be because I'm only taking 75mil capsule ,when I was on two aday 
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    Hope it works for you smile

    I get restless legs even when not on anti-depressants and have found a banana a day seems to keep them away. Someone else gave me that advice and it has worked, so I hope it works for you too.

    I was on Mirtazapine and Venlafaxine but wanted to get off them. I "cold turkeyed" Mirtazapine and that was fine, but cold turkeying Venlaflaxine was just awful ... dizzy, fuzzy head, tinnitus, brain zaps ...

    So I went back to 150mg and after a month cut down to 75mg and felt fine. Now I cut the 75mg tablets in half each day, and so far so good as well.

    YMMV but I wish you all the best mate if you want to get off them and your doc says it's okay for you to do so.

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    Hi Stephen.  I was in the same position as you. I tried Benadryl allergy tablets with a Acrivas I think it's called. They help the brain zaps and the anxiety. I was ready to commit suicide, when I found out that these tablets take away a lot of the withdrawals and minimise the emotional roller coaster. They were the lifeline I needed and when you stop taking them there is no side effects. I hope this helps. When I went to my doctor and told him what I had been taking to help me, he was in disbelief. He wanted to give me the tablets that you were put on, but I said no that taking Benadryl got me through and stabalised me so I could let my body rid itself of this drug.
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