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Hi I'm new to this site and this is my first post. Firstly I'd like to say thank goodness there are others who share my experiences with this horrible medicine!
I've been taking Venlafaxine for approx 4 years now, I started on 37.5mg but that gradually crept up to 150mg as I was failing to cope on a lower doseage. Anyway this stuff is good when you take it regulary without missing a dose but you know what its like the odd occasion where you forget or the pharmacy is closed just as you get there! Well this happens to me quite regular, as I'm trying to hold down a 9-5 job i find myself sleeping for most of the weekends. Last weekend was the worst i've ever felt from missing my dose....
I couldn't get to the pharmacy on Friday before they closed which meant I'd already been a day without my tablets which wasn't too bad to be honest but Saturday I woke up around 11am feeling nauseaus and tearful. I dragged myself out of bed and attempted to do some housework and shopping (unfortunately if I dont do it no-one will). Driving to the supermarket dressed in my tatty clothes was awful i felt so dizzy, I knew I shouldn't of been driving as I couldn't move my head or my eyes without an electric shock zapping through my brain sendind a numb feeling down through my hands and legs. Regardless I carried on and done my shopping amidst a flurry of 'healthy' people looking at me like I'd just crawled out of a gutter and shat on their kids.
I arrived back home to lovely argument with my fella who doesn't understand and gets quite frustrated from time to time - although i dont blame him as when I'm like that I can be quite snappy but who wouldn't when it feels like someones got a cattle prod to their head every 5 minutes?! So night falls and I manage to get a couple of hours sleep in between the crying and the sickness that washes over me every few minites. 1 more day to go before I can get my prescription on Monday morning!
Wake up on Sunday and spend the day hysterically crying from the pain and frustration - I wish there was some way of getting emercency treatment! Sunday night whilst in bed I had the worst experience I've ever felt... I woke up suddenly feeling pinned down I couldn't move my arms or any part of my body except my head when I tried to call out to my partner nothing happened, I couldn't speak... this lasted for only about a minute but it felt like an age. Has that ever happened to anyone else?
Monday morning arrives and I pick up my prescription from the chemist hooray... now to get to work (already an hour late) - hopefully the tablets will kick in soon as the thought of trying to work in a small office feeling this way is really not appealing. So I get to work and within a few hours I throw up violently and have to go home. Now my work are understanding and sympathetic but like anywhere they won't put up with absences for long before they get rid of you so now thanks to this stupid medication my job is at risk and my relationship is hanging by a thread.
[b:6c4b33c362]Personally I think Venlafaxine should be banned[/b:6c4b33c362], how can medical professionaly allow people to take this knowing that even by missing 1 tablet it can ruin you physically and mentally. Just a few side effects i suffered that weekend include:
Electric shock feeling in my head
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