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Having suffered from depression on and off most of my adult life I finally found venlafaxine prolonged-release capsules and life has been soo much better. None of the emotional numbness that came with seroxat: just a feeling of beeing almsot normal. Normal highs and lows - not too dramatic and the ability to go to work, cope with stress, divorce, kids - bliss. Last year however, the pharmacist gave me the tablet form, not the capsules and I went very dramatically and rapidly down, to the point of nearly being hospitalised for bad behaviour/anger. Coincidentally I came to the end of the batch and my new prescription put me back on the capsules and lo, within hours I was feeling more myself again. After a couple of weeks dim-witted me put 1 + 1 together and mentioned to my GP that I thought the tablet form didn't suit me and could I please have the capsules from now on. No problem she said. However, a few weeks later the head of the surgery rang to ask me what was my problem with the tablets. There is no difference, she said and because the tablets are cheaper, that is what you'll get from now on. I got a new prescription 5 weeks ago and am now screaming up the walls. Saw my GP this morning. She re-itterated that there is absolutely no difference between tablet and capsule but that I would have to wait at least 6 weeks before the drugs started to take effect. Why - if there is no difference, should I have to wait 6 weeks? I begged her to put me back on the capsules and she said no. I let the surgery sobbing my heart out and retching with distress. No-one came to ask if I was OK - they just let me leave. How do I persuade my GP that I NEED the capsules and that there must be a difference. I know nothing about chemicals. I can't explain it in technical terms. I only know how I feel; that I am sure it is not a coincidence and I need some help. Anyone had similar experience and can anyone tell me how to get my GP to listen to me and help me??
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