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Hi all.

As most of you know i've been tapering down from 225 for 5 months with withdrawal symptoms each reduction lasting for 3 daysish. I could handle that ok and got through it.

Last Thursday i went down to 20mg, split between morning and evening. This time the symptoms are far worse. My head feels like i have a really bad cold, my ears are ringing and i feel like i'm floating when i walk and i could sleep for England. My eyes also feel heavy and sting most of the day.

I am coming to the conclusion that such a small dose is causing all of this and i should have just stopped last week. I am considering missing tonights 10mg.

Any thoughts, anyone please?.

Obviously i have'nt asked my GP as last time he was asking me about Venlofaxine!

Ian

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    Hi Ian

    I withdrew from venalafaxine 225 mg in two weeks and and felt better after 3 weeks. I went on to take citalopram which has less side effects. To help with withdrawals I took Bendryl and anti sickness tablet cetrizine and the occasional diazepam.

    Hang in there it gets better.

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    How are you taking only 20mg? I'm down to the minimum now 37.5 and my GP said you can't split this medication.

    Thanks xxx

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      Thank you Louise.

      Hi Elaine. I've been cutting a 75mg tablet with a very sharp craft knife for ages. I admit its not exact. I cut the 75 in half then the halfs into thirds, 2 of those tiny peices is roughly 20mg as some of it lost on cutting.

      Can't you get smaller than 75's?. My GP told me not. I missed last nights dose and am going to miss this mornings. The withdrawal effects can't get any worse so maybe if i can take another week without i've done it.

      Ian

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      Yes there's 37,5mg which is the lowest. I thought by cutting a tablet that isn't scored would effect the actual medication itself. As in it won't do what it's supposed to do. Xx
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      I'm sure you're right Elaine but with trail and error i had to find out myself, my GP was no help at all. I have now missed 2 doses and don't feel any worse than yesterday so am going to stick it out even if it means feeling this "spaced out" for weeks.
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      I came to that conclusion ages. I have today requested a chlosteral check only to be told i can't do that without seeing a Doctor. My BP i do myself and has been coming down since i began withdrawing and hope my cholestral is too.
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