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I started 6 years ago on venlafaxine and over the last two years i have tapered myself down to 37.5mg daily. I was doing very well it was almost unbelievable.
I was having lots of heart palpatations and felt that it was due to the nasty side effects of the medication. I paid privatley to see a cardiologist out of desperation as the heart palpatations would get so bad. This low dose makes me feel so rotten I cut it down a little bit more. Eventually I stopped for 3 days but got scared as i was going on a trip to thailand that i took the medication again and thought i will just come off it when i get back.
I ended up with brain numbness to the right side and everything looked different. My body felt like heavy and tired and couldnt move much but i had a whirlwind of anxiety whirling around my dead body. I managed to get myself to thailand for my holiday but spent the whole time unable to breathe due to humidity and high anxiety.
I come home to england and felt panicky about my heart and breathing.
i went back to work again for the first time yesterday and i couldnt think straight again. now im unable to work and in despair to the point of googling ways to end my life. the doctor has suggested we up my venlafaxine to twice daily as it might be that my brain needs more of the hormones.
im petrified that i have damage to the receptors or something along thise lines and im stuck in this debilitating state. ive been thinking about switching to sertraline but im in such a bad way the doctor said its safest to give my the chemicals through a tablet im used to taking.
my biggest fear is this brain numbness and everything looking surreal. i dont feel like myself at all. im petrified that i wont return to a normal state.
its nothing like the brain zaps but more a consistent state of brain numbness/fog.
has anyone else experienced this? i would appreciate any re assurance that this will pass as i feel stuck in this state.
Thanks in advance to anyone that replies...
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