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 have 150mg for six years

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    I've been on 225mg for 15 years and haven't managed as of yet to come off them

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    been on 225 mg for 20 years

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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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      I experienced nausea, lethargy and headaches particularly in the first 1 week of a reduced dosage but as I was tapered off slowly, the side effects weren't so bad and the whole process manageable without causing much disruption.

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      yes definitely see your medical practitioner.. I decided I couldn't continue on Venlafaxine because if I forgot to take it I went on a downward spiral!! Luckily I realized what had happened!! I have been successful ,So far but very scared to completely come off it.. My opinion is Venlafaxine is Not good.. At All.. Plus.. the supplies keep running out !?? Very.. worrying .. Just My thoughts.. but.. I've been through Hell on this for almost 20 years now !!

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    I was on 75mg for 10 years. In the process of switching to Sertraline at the moment.

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