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This is the first time I've ever written on a forum. I have been on Venlafaxine for 5yrs and my dosage has been 300mg of the slow release daily.
Over the past 6-8mths I have been struggling. I have noticed my signs of depression coming back but have tried to get on with things as best I can. I made the decision to look into reducing my tablets with the intention of coming off them and starting something else. I have been reading all the discussions on here and I felt the same, it seemed like it had "stopped working".
I went to the doctors 2wks ago and told her that I was struggling & I felt the tablet wasn't working anymore. What horrified me was that she wanted me to reduce from 300mg to a week of alternating between 300 & 150mgs and the next week all at 150. I came home stressed & upset. I looked on here about withdrawl and how you should gradually reduce. I called the doctor the next day and to cut a long story short she asked me what dosage I wanted to reduce to and that she would see me in 2wks. Apparently "no one really suffers with withdrawl!!"
My first week I went to 262.5mg daily and the start of this week I started on 225mg.
I have been on auto pilot at work. Yesterday I just broke down. Crying, shaking, feeling flat, wanting to just go home and lock myself away.
So the situation I am in now is going back to the doctors tomorrow. I honestly don't know what to do about work. I am trying my best but everything is getting on top of me...
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