tapering off by Spring!

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After suffering a nervous breakdown in early 2016 and trying various meds subscribed by various docs, I finally found a combination which worked.

In Sept I was put on ven, and ramped up to 225 within about 3 weeks along with 15 mirt for sleeping (California rocket fuel (slang)).

Although my mood lifted, I became lethargic and not bothered about anything unledd it was urgent.

At Christmas I dropped to 150 ven with no problem and felt better, 2 weeks later I dropped to 75, but suffered bad sleep and night sweats, so I went back to 150 for now. My doc knows I'm reducing and I'm to call him if I get  a problem.

I'm keen to be med free by spring or early summer, as I'm dealing with the issues which caused the breakdown and ensuring that they won't return, and I feel much better with it being a new year and making a fresh start.

I'm going to try reducing again soon, can anyone advise how long the sweats might last? I had no other bad reaction.


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    I was diagnosed with MDD with psychosis in July 2015. It was treatment resistant and my psychiatrist finally found the meds that worked for me. Since July 2015 I have been taking 300G venlafaxine and 15 mg mirtazapine. I am happier than I"ve been in years and sleeping better. California rocket fuel has given me my life back. I hope everything works out well for you.

    Take care.

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      So pleased for you Phyllis, I agree california rocket fuel is amazing! It's such a pity that sufferer's have to try several AD's before they get the combo. Wishing you continued good health ???

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    Hi Rodders

    I the sweats are a nightmare! But if you reduce slowly you can avoid them for the best part. Are you on the slow release ven? Your drops in ven have been quite large and speedy. I love your motivation and approach. I'm 100% a member of the Spring club!


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    I take it you are on the modified release tablets, why not just come down by 37.5mg instead of 75mg discuss with your GP worked for me
    • Posted

      Hi Karen, I have asked for 37.5 tablets today, mine are 75.

      How long did it take you to taper off completely?


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