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I have been taking Venlafaxine for about 4 years, perhaps longer, after Fluoxetine did naff all, and have slowly worked up to 225mg a day in an effort to get it to do something positive.
I can honestly say I am a bit bitter and twisted about the doctor who prescribed me this drug. It's made me as bad a mess as I was before. I have nightmares, when I dare sleep, that leave me confused and terrified for days. My paranoia has left me a shell of my former self. I am much fatter, possibly thanks to being too scared to go out on my own. If I am late taking a dose, I am bedridden - the dizziness and what I call \"fizzy blood\" (have you felt like your insides are made of Pepsi?! EW!!) are unbearable. I am considering lowering my dose, over the next few years, the doctor says, so I can try something else. It is like being a prisoner of a medicine - there is nothing in my life it doesn't affect, I can't even work anymore because the likelihood of me waking in the morning feeling like I can function is so slim (normally I wake in a pool, literally, of my own sweat, sometimes crying or shouting and thrashing about).
The one thing I have been told about this drug is that it can make you produce lots of Adrenaline, and it is therefore best to take it in the morning. I had heard a rumour that it helps with sleep (haha, poor misguided fool that person must have been!!) and took it at night for a while - not recommended at all.
To all those taking this heap of garbage and now stuck on it for the foreseeable future until you try to claw your life back - I feel for you, you are not alone. And congratulations to those who have come off this sh*t - you are walking miracles in my eyes.
Don't let doctors fob you off with this rubbish - think about it carefully. I know that feeling of desperation when you just want anything to help, but some things can make things so much worse. Be careful and don't be afraid to get second opinions or badger for psyche appointments / cbt.
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