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I need to rant a bit and hope my experience will help anyone who is in two minds about wether or not to take this drug.
I've been prescribed venlafaxine because I was very depressed and anxious after a series of tough life events and workplace bullying.
I thought it would be a good idea as it would give me the strength to fight. Bad idea... really, really bad idea.
Here's what happened:
I had all the typical symptoms of strarting up like nausea, zombie feeling, panic attacks, night sweats. After a couple of days on it I stared to bleed heavily, despite it wasn't the time for it.
GP advised to immediately stop the medicine. Here is when it got interesting.
I got a number of aweful problems. None of these have ever happned even remotely to me before. Today is day 4 after stopping:
My head starts to twitch and shake uncontrollably out of nowhere, same as one side of my face. It's seriously scary.
My brain makes crunching noises (sounds weird, I know)
I have sudden urges to hurt myself that I can only resist because I know it's the medication causing it. These stop after 10 -20 minutes.
Crying spells and anger
Constant headache, painkillers don't help
I can't concentrate at all for most of the day.
I'm guessing this is temporary, right? Did anyone experience these selfharm impulses and the muscle contractions in the neck and face? I almost called an ambulance because it was so scary.
Learning from this: I think I should have tried to get two weeks off and see if I can recover instead of taking a drug straight away and being sick for two weeks anyway. I wish the GP had come up with that idea. Now that I read all the withdrawal horror stories, I'm kinda glad this happened and I'm getting off the drug again.
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