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Wondering if anyone can help.
I've been on venlafaxine XL since 1st April. Started on 1st April on 75mg. Increased gradually under gp and psychiatrist care. Went to 150mg to 187.5mg and then on 9th July I went to 225mg. I've had the usual side effects at each increase i.e. Increased anxiety, headaches, exhaustion etc but that has all settled down. However, for the last couple of weeks I've been suffering on and off with very low mood. I keep trying to keep busy and distract myself but the negative, worthlessness feelings are always lingering.
From December to April I was very poorly with depression and anxiety and even ended up being hospitalised from Jan-March. When I started the venlafaxine in April I really turned a corner and whilst I was still having bad days, on the whole I was much better. I'm nowhere near as bad as I was before but the feelings over the last couple of weeks have scared me that it's all coming back.
I guess my question is has anybody felt similar to me on this drug? Should I have maybe stuck to 187.5mg as since going to 225mg I've felt my mood dip. Or have I not given the increase long enough to fully take effect?
Would really appreciate any thoughts. Thank you xx
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