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So I’ve been on a medi-go-round since Nov/December. I was prescribed venlafaxine generic tablets, however, they made me extremely exhausted. So, I was switched to extended release capsules 150mg. As soon as I started taking them, I had anxiety come on. I lost weight etc. I stuck it out as my psychiatrist advised me to. After taking them for 4/5 weeks, I decided to up the dose to see whether it was that that was causing the problem. The anxiety stopped for a few days, perhaps a placebo effect, then it kicked in again. I went back to the doctors and he advised me to switch over to the XL tablets (rather than capsules). I was on the XL tablets a few years ago and they worked well.
So, when I went to the chemist, to make up the denomination of the MG they had to give me two different brands of venlafaxine. As soon as I started taking them, they caused really bad insomnia.
So my last resort was to ask the doctor if he could specifically prescribe me the brand of tablets that I was on a few years ago which is Venlalic.
I have been taking them now for just over one week and I can’t believe that within hours of me taking them, the anxiety has completely gone, I can think clearly. It’s like a miracle.
What worries me though is that not only do we have to jump from med to med, but we actually have to try out the different brands too which is wrong.
I’m lucky that my doctor actually agreed to write out a prescription for a specific brand.
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