Getting off venlafaxine

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Ive decided to stop taking it. Cold Turkey 150mg.

I can't handle the night sweats and being flat all the time.

It's been 4 days and I have found I'm very nauseous, dizzy, head aches, and sweating and have a constant temperature.

I'm getting off this completely. I need to.

I want to exercise to substitute however the side effects from coming off this drug are full on.

I am going to keep you posted on this.

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    Have you spoken to your doctor about this?
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    Your need for this medication will still be present by stoping medication. Changing physicians may be the proper protocal. Stoping antidepressants cold turkey, not only has side effects but can cause severe deep depression. I tried this and wound up in the hospital after an overdose. Your condition may be totally different. I too have taken meds that had terrible, even severe side effects and finding your match for proper treating usually follows trying several options. Iam sorry your so uncomfortable and truly want you to get the correct treatment. SOON
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    This was an ill-advised move. You really need to come off this drug gradually. The withdrawals are worse than most people would imagine, particularly the constant vertigo. I thought I was going to die it was so bad.

    Eventually, I managed to get a prescription for Fluoxetine (Prozac) that helped to mitigate the withdrawal from Venlafaxine, but not before going through hell. 

    The GP responsible failed to advise me of proper dosing and intervals, and so I was getting withdrawals every day even though I was taking Venlafaxine daily, because the dose was not spaced out enough, or high enough to cover a 24hr period without withdrawals.

    I knew I was taking the prescribed drug, and I knew I felt awful, what I didn't realise was that I was experiencing withdrawals on a 24 cycle.

    I couldn't get an appointment because I was away from home, and the whole world was spinning. It was a nightmare. I'll never touch Venlafaxine again, and the experience has made me more wary of presciptions. Now, I read up about stuff before taking it, even if the doctor says it's fine.

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    I was on it for just over a year, for a year at 225mg.

    I the last two months I was having a hard time remembering to take it; as a result I was feeling the withdrawal side effects when not taking it in a timely manner

    I decided to get off of it.

    I was taking 2 pills, 1-150mg and 1-75mg. I was taking it in the evening.

    How I did it was to go as long as I could -a day or 2 then take the higher dosage pill only. I did this for a couple of weeks. Then I started to take the 75mg pill, once again spacing it out as long as I could.

    Once I was getting down in current prescription I went to the physician and asked for a refill, to taper off.

    I did the same thing with the 37.5 mg pill, go as long as I could without it then took one.

    It didn't take too long before I rid myself if them.

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