Longest anyone has been on venlaflaxine

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so ive been on venlaflaxine 75mg a day for about 12 years now and wanted to know if anyone has been on them the same amount of time or longer? as thinking of starting to come off and see if i can deal with my panic attacks medical worries and anxieties on my own

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    I was on 225mg for about 8 years (I think) and after feeling like I could probably do without (and frustrated with the side effects - especially weight gain, heavy sweating..), I very gradually reduced the dose until I came off it completely. I did manage for almost 2 years but only during summer and whilst very active. I eventually realised and accepted such factors (i.e. exercising and sunny weather) weren't sustainable/dependable and that when I got depressive phases, they were getting darker and harder to deal with. I'm now back on anti-depressants although not Venlafaxine. I am coping better and don't experience those really dark and depressive episodes. I am now coming to terms with accepting that I need the medication.

    I guess you need to ask yourself WHY you want to come off the meds..is that they've stopped working or that you really do feel well enough (cured) and able to do without? If you want to get off them for whatever reason, please, please do so under the supervision of your GP or care co-ordinator and do it gradually, don't rush it. Venlafaxine is addictive and really hard to come off (due to side effects).

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