coming off venlafaxine after taking it for 15 years

Posted , 7 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

i finished my last tablet about 5 days ago after weening off then i stared to get a wooshing in my ears aslight headache and i keep crying and im convinced im going to die, is this normal or have i something else wrong with me, im so scared please help.

1 like, 45 replies

Report

45 Replies

Next
  • Posted

    Hi Theresa34467,

    You are not alone. I took my last 37.5 mgs. yesterday.It's taken me some timr to get here and it's been horrific!

    The painful ears, the headaches,lighting flashes in my head,excessive sweating,tremour,hightened anxiety,deppression, nausea,painful stomach,sore joints,sleeplessness.

    It's been very hard convincing family and friends just how difficult withdrawl is. Apart from good support from my GP and shrink I feel very alone with this.

    But I am determined not to go back to that posion Venlavaxine and go the course, however long it takes.

    It is " normal " how you are feeling, you are not going to die, hang in there and try not to be scared.

    DaveTTT

     

    Report
    • Posted

      Thank you for replying dave, I got realy scared at whats happening to me and convinced myself that I was going to die but unless you are going through it no one understans, I just hope it all passes soon. Thanks again
      Report
    • Posted

      Many hugs, Theresa

      I have been off of the Ven poison since May 17th (2014) and I can promise you that you will not die. I weaned myself to just a wee bit over a few months before "letting go" of the med completely..... and yes, it was hell at the beginning. I expected it to be bad, but nothing could prepare me for the many symptoms that the body produces to fight its way back to the drug...I won the fight with a lot of self understanding. 

      No one can possibly understand the horrific symptoms you are currently going through unless they've gone through it as well, so I kept that in mind when the situations arose from others in my life reacting to what wasn't "me". It was more like the drug made me into a terror (unbelievable for anyone who's mind and body have never been wrecked by this medication)

      Today, two months later, I am doing much better, but most definitely needing to allow more time to heal my mind. 

      I have taken Benadryl for the symptoms, especially for the first 3 weeks, along with an array of vitamins and minerals, including Calcium Magnesium, Omega 3-6-9, Potassium and multivitamins. All of these seem to play a role in my recovery. 

      Allow yourself much patience, Theresa, I know the pain you are in. Think of each day as a battle already won in the war against this poison. I can now look at meditation and self affirmations to continue with the healing process. At the beginning there was no room in my consciousness or subconsciousness to allow any peace. It takes work even now to let it all go. 

      We are with you here, and together we can conquer this attrocious "medication" and what it has done to us. 

      Much love and peace ~ Hilda

      Report
    • Posted

      Hi,

      Thanks for your entry into this disscussion. Gives me hope to hanh on.

      Thanks.

       

      Report
    • Posted

      I sincerely hope you are having a good day, Dave. Please do tell me how you are feeling, even send me a personal message (you and anyone else going through withdrawal) to share your day with me, just to aid you in you journey to a peaceful, healthy place. 

      Always here for anyone and everyone who truly needs an understanding place to fall. 

      Hang on to hope always, and truly imagine you are past the horrors of withdrawal. Envision how you feel being away from all the pain and conflict your body is going through. It works to keep seeing that healthy you. Believe completely that you will be free of this war, it will be so. 

      With much regards,

      Hilda

      Report
    • Posted

      Hihip,

      I have reduced from 225mg to nil., I'm now coping much better apart from the ocassional sweat, brain zap,  anxiety, depression, ( but which are now reducing ). Today I played 9 holes of golf. I'm finding if I can keep myself it's much easier to cope. It,s getting better. Tommow It's Mount Everest.rolleyesso this might be the last you hear from me!!cry

       

      Report
    • Posted

      As in climbing Mt Everest? Seriously?! And it better not be the last I hear from you! Besides we all need your guidance. 
      Report
    • Posted

      I found that the Ven took my self worth with it, that's been my lasting struggle since I got off of it. And perhaps the Ven just gave me a warped sense of worth. 

      I find being alone far too attractive as well, and since I have kids of ages ranging from 13 - 21 (4 of them) I need to get back to the living...and soon!  

      Report
    • Posted

      Hi hiphi,

      No,No,No...I exaggerated a littleredface. The highest If been is a small hill here in Banchory, Scotland ( not England ) which is about 97 ft high and very,very purple..( Purple as in the Thistie). The wise one will remain.

      Take care

      DavTTT

       

      Report
    • Posted

      Enjoy your climb, take me with in your mind as that is something I enjoy more than most things in life. 

      Stay safe and tell me how it goes! 

      Hilda

      Report
    • Posted

      Hi hiphi,

      Yea, I know that feeling of enjoyig isolution. I therefore make a great effort to socialise.I had great help coming off Ven and have never really felt a loss of a sense of worth. I can imagine though that if you are constantlyfeeling low or depressed it can be easy to lose your confidence.

      Hang on in there DaveTTT

       

      Report
  • Posted

    I am also in the process of coming off this horrendous drug.  I've been advised that when you do actually come off the symptoms of withdrawal are terrible and in particular days 5-7.  Someone suggested to take Benedryl as this helps with the withdrawal. Stick in there and just remember the feelings you have is the reason NOT to go back on it!  Keep us posted with how you're doing as I'm not at the stage you are at just now but when I am I know I'll be needing as much information and support going!  Good luck xxx

     

    Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up