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Well its certainly been a rocky road with regards to taking venlafaxine. I've had highs and lows along the way. As a result of the 225mg dose no longer working i tried to go down to the next level which is the 150mg capsule of efexor. Unfortunately i failed as the panic attacks hit me quite hard along with the anxiety. It was so debilatating to the point that i found it very difficult to even venture outside my front door and have had to rely on beta blockers to calm everything down. From my experience so far i just wish i had not discovered efexor in all honesty as it is so difficult to come off. Out of desperation I have been eager to have the 225mg increased to 300mg to get some relief but the psych won't budge as he feels it will make things worse as it increases risks the higher you go. To be in this situation is very disheartening as i just don't know where to turn next. Each dosage increase at the start of treatment worked very well for a time but not for long enough, infact just 6 - 8 weeks before pooping out each time. I often wonder if the pain medicine codeine might have prevented the efexor from working to full effect. Fortunately i have only taken the codeine three or four times each week due to chronic back pain. Anyway i'm now in a situation where i can only function properly if i take hi strength fish oils along with the efexor. It's called Pura EPA from mind1st which is a high grade fish oil and is thought to tackle depression and low moods which is a bonus. They give me a clear head which is great but the anxiety side of things i'm not quite sure yet. I've had a reducton in anxiety in the past as a result of taking these fish oils but i hadn't taken them with an antidepressant before. Without these oils i think i would really be struggling to be honest. It makes you wonder why some people experience the poop out effect with antidepressants and others dont. Part of me wishes that i had the efexor upped to 300mg to see if i would have benefited however its clear that its not going to happen as the psych thinks im not severely depressed or bed ridden i guess. I don't know where to turn next. Any personal tips or insight would be great...
p.s. If i can help anyone out on here or make suggestions i will certainly try my best. Hopefully together we can all try to help each other with encouragement and offer something different as a result of our own life experiences.
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