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Back story: I was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder a few years ago and was put on 150mg of Effexor er a day. I was doing good on it for 2 years.
Now, I am divorced and I wasn't dating until March this year and I started having problems in the "bedroom" so I talked to my psychiatrist and she recommended to up the dose. She put me on 300mg a day, then told me to give it a month and if it wasn't working, we will do something else. Well, it didn't work and she told me she was going to taper down the Effexor and give me something else after I was completely off. She told me to go back to 150mg and after 1 week to go down to 75mg and then the following week to go to 37.5mg. I did that, so in less than a month I went from 300mg to 37.5mg. The side effects were horrible, I was really emotional and unstable but I stuck to what she told me because I didn't know better at the moment.
Then, on my 4 week she told me to do every other day 37.5mg and I almost went crazy. I couldn't do it. I called her and she sent me a prescription for 20mg once a day and told me to stay on this one for 2-3 weeks and then just stop.
Now, my problem is that I am not doing good on the 20mg at all. The anxiety is so high that sometimes I feel like my heart is going to stop. Last night I woke up at 3am and started crying for no reason. Then this morning I had a feeling like something really bad was about to happen. I don't know what to do? I have been doing some research and I realized she took me off my medicine too fast and I don't trust her anymore. I am trying to find a new doctor but for now I need some advise. Should I increase my dose, keep doing the 20mg for now. I've been having so many meltdowns that I am afraid I am going to lose my boyfriend or hurt my kids (emotionally).
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