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I have read a lot of entries about this drug, and I do agree with many that at first it did its job. To pout you in the picture I have been on 225mg for 25 years now and like some have been very apprehensive about stopping due to extreme withdrawl.
Yes some may criticise my deciding to go cold turkey, but I do feel that venlafaxine is like any addictive drug with one exception, it is fear of withdrawl that stops many from even trying. I am now on my 5th day and yes the symptoms are shocking in more ways than one (srry bout pun). My reason to decide is simple.. Do I need venlafaxine anymore? Simple answer No! I just got to the comfort and routine of taking it every day. Don't get me wrong cold turkey is not necessarily the right way unless you have an iron constitution, and willpower. I am no expert so please do not take all I say as gospel.
Whilst the withdrawl is bad at the moment, I have noticed a clarity in my mind growing as time goes by, it almost as if I a getting part of myself back and it is no longer negative or suicidal as of many years ago that I lost to venlafaxine (My faith is a big part of this too.).
So what is happening this early in cold turkey? Brain zaps like mad I also have slight nausea, I have decided to consult my GP to request some anti withdrawl medicine I am aware that this prob will not stop the zaps etc but poss offer a cushine. Maybe I am stubborn but I will not do the weaning off method, I have stopped illegal drugs and alcohol without weaning off, and even though venlafaxine is legal, for myself would be like having dope or a drink to solve the problems, but infact I consider doing that a step backwards. I would be very interested in any one especially who did cold turkey to share what they found out with me, and of course any other comments you may have. I will do weekly updates to keep you informed of my progress. Thanx so much for taking time to read this.
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