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I've been on Venlafaxine for roughly 4 weeks now, however due to my doctors messing up my prescription, I have not had a dose since Thursday after having ran out. I was on 70mg daily.
Since then, I have felt the worst I have in years. I'm constantly anxious and on the brink of tears, have very poor motor control (I've had to stop driving because I don't trust myself to a) stay awake at the wheel and b) react to my surroundings). Within half an hour of waking up I am phsyically exhausted and don't even have the energy to keep my head up and eyes open. I've been suffering from nausea, stomach upsets and pains, hot and cold flushes (I woke up one night from a horrendous nightmare and my bed and clothes were soaked with sweat, it was very disgusting and disturbing). I honestly feel like I have the flu, plus allergies, plus am going through the middle of a mental break down, it's horrible. I'm scared to go to sleep because of the sweating and vivid dreams, but I can't stay awake because I'm so tired, and because every time I stand up for longer than a few minutes I feel like I'm going to pass out. Not to mention I feel like I'm floating outside of my body and my brain is popping away to itself like there's little bees in there.
Reading around I think this has something to do with not having my meds, which is a bit of a relief (flu before christmas would not be good) but I feel like I'm living in a surreal world at the moment. I was not warned at all that this drug would have any symptoms like this upon withdrawal (I've been on cetalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline all before and occasionally missed doses thanks to doctors not getting my prescriptions right, but it has never had an effect this bad).
I'm just glad I'm not the only one who's been through this. It's very scary being 18 years old and feeling like you're about to drop dead of a stroke or heart attack any minute because you're blacking out and your heart won't stop racing. Just got to try and get through these next 2 days, as that's the earliest emergency appointment I could get after finding out my doc was refusing to dispense. Feel absolutely dreadful and missed so much college and work.
Has anyone found good ways to cope with the symptoms until you can get back on Ven? I rung up my psychiatrist explaining all of this and his answer was "well, that is a shame. I can't see you, though", so...
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