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So I had been taking Venlafaxine for approximately 1 year, which was prescribed to me by a psychiatrist (as over the course of about 5 years my GP has tried me on Citlipram, Fluoxetine, Sertraline & Mirtazapine). I started on 75mg and over time increased to 275mg.
For the past 6 months I've noticed my depression worsen, and change (usually I am very emotional whereas I became totally numb). I was also getting more and more fatigued despite sleeping fine.
It was agreed with my GP that I would taper off my medication completely (instead of crossing over onto something else) and I tapered from 275mg over 4 weeks. My GP did not inform me that there would be any side effects yet alone the severity of them.
Whilst tapering my fiancé & I noticed an improvement in my energy levels which had a positive effect on my mood. However from the first day med free the withdrawal symptoms kicked in.
On the first day I was vomiting, as well as having body shocks.
On the 2nd day I felt constantly nauseous any dizzy and the body shocks were getting worse, I was also getting quite emotional. It was that afternoon my fiancé took to the Internet and found that other people withdrawing from Venlafaxine were reporting the same things, and also weren't told there were any side effects coming off this medication. Most sites recommended taking antihistamines and strong Omega 3 as well as multivitamins.
By the third day I was no longer sick at all but still getting persistent body shocks, nauseous and dizzy. I was also extremely tired and mood swinging. I started taking 1 multivitamin with Iron in the morning, and 1 Benadryl + 1 Omega 3 with each meal.
By the fourth day I was very emotional, and although physical side effects seemed diminished when sat still, if I stood up I felt very dizzy and body shocks worsened, although I no longer felt nauseous. I was very tired but couldn't get to sleep until about 3am.
Day5, after a sleepless night, feeling emotional and helpless I really really wanted to just start taking the medication against to feel better, but after a day off work to rest, I started to feel a little more in control.
At the time of writing this I am on my 6th day off the medication, I have been taking the benadryl & omega 3 for 4 days now. I don't know if they have helped, but I do know that I don't get nauseous at all, the body shocks are no longer as frequent and although I still get dizzy when standing up its no longer as extreme, I don't feel as if I'm about to keel over. I can also say that I no longer feel as emotionally unstable, and starting to feel a bit more positive like I did before I began tapering.
I will note that for me, smoking or drinking exacerbated the body shocks, so if you can I would avoid doing any of these.
I will update again in a week's time to note changes/progress.
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