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This was August 2018.
I was on Citalopram 20mg for 15 years and for the past 2 it was no longer working for me anymore - I thought so. I was feeling quite down so decided to see a new psychiatrist. He put me on a cocktail of drugs to help with citalopram tapering and to introduce the Effexor XR. I started with 75mg of Venlafaxine plus 25mg Valdoxan and Xanax 1mg.
The Dr said that by November I will be feeling great and only on the max dosage on Effexor I would need, 150mg.
Suicidal thoughts, Insomnia, dry mouth, lost of appetite and anxiety. Couldn’t taste anything, which for me was very frustrating as food (and cooking) is one of my favorite things on earth. By November I was off of citalopran and on max dosage of Effexor. I decided to quit the other drugs, as I was feeling awful with the side effects. In December, I couldn’t take it anymore, stopped seeing the Dr and decided to start tapering Venlafaxine. It was when I first read the millions of forums about the nightmare that was to come out of this drug, it really scared the heck out of me.
People really suffering out there and the Drs never ever advise about the withdrawal symptoms.
I started reducing in 20mg per week till I got now to 25mg daily. It was bearable till I reached the 40mg, when I started having muscular pains, shiverings and numbness in my body which really freaked me out to the point I went to see a rheumatologist and a neurologist , thinking I was having a serious immune disorder. And it doesn’t stop there. Chills, headaches, neck pain, brain zappings, flu like symptoms. After MRI and several other tests, the doctors couldn’t find anything. I still can’t believe the suffering that this drug causes... I just can function as a normal person anymore. The pain in my body is excruciating.
I will start tomorrow on fish oil and vitamin B12 Complex with the hope it will ease the symptoms. I also read that Benadryl can help but is banned where I leave.
I know every person is different... would appreciate if someone could share any tips to help me on this transition. Thank you so much
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