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Hi, just over a week ago (4th Sept) I crushed and swallowed around 6 grams of venlafaxine in a suicide attempt, I quickly realised I didn't want to die and called for help from parents and 999 for an Ambulance. I had 3 full seizures, was unconcious and not breathing, my heart was beating out of control and cardiac arrest was feared but thankfully didn't happen. Also my body temperature was over 40c at one point.
I don't remember much of the experience, i was taken in ambulance to A&E where I continued to seizure and suffer repsiratory arrest, I was then admitted to intensive care in a critical condition and hooked up to all sorts of monitering equipment, heart moniters, ventilator and IV lines. I spent 3 days in intensive care and was moved to a normal ward on Monday where I spent another 1.5 days in hospital before being dicharged home.
It's been nearly a week since I came home and I am still in a lot of pain (from the seizures) At least once per day I have a dizzy spell with the feeling like I'm about to pass out and a sense of 'losing time' where I can't recall what just happened, I also feel very slow and sometimes can't can't get my words out that I want to say, also brain zaps happen quite a lot.
I am worried I may have caused long term injury to my brain and cognitive functioning. Does anybody know what the likely long term damage (if any) could potentially be after a venlafaxine overdose? I am taking it easy and trying to look after myself best I can and I do have a lot of home help from friends/family.
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