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This is not a question - it's a warning,
Anyone who is prescribed this drug should challenge the treatment and do their own research before taking it. I'm not saying it's a bad drug or not suitable in any case - I'm sure there are plenty of cases where it is essential. It's just that I believe people should be fully informed about it beforehand.
I had previously been prescribed Fluoxetine and Citalopram for mild depression ( a diagnosis I now challenge anyway). When I was prescribed this drug, the reasoning I was given was that it was 'better'. End of explanation. Mushroom management in its most ugly form.
Like the two previous drugs, I don't believe its helped, mainly because of the tendency to disrupt sleep. I decided to quit completely. I was on 75mg once a day.
I tried to taper it off but the 'Brain Zaps' and listlessness (Google Venlafaxine withdrawal) were horrendous. I changed GP who prescribed 37.5mg (non-controlled release) to help me taper (they can be split in two) - still the same. She then prescribed a liquid version so I could gradually reduce the dose. I am now down to 10mg once or twice a day (depending on how bad the WS's are) and still struggling. I started trying to quit the drug 2 months ago. My pharmacist tells me this is very common.
That does mean I am making progress but I am staggered that, even at such a low dose, I still experience withdrawal symptoms.
The really sad part of the story is that, before I understood what was happening, I had these symptoms at my son's wedding and it ruined the day for me. IMHO it should be compulsory for anyone prescribing this drug to explain to the patient how difficult it is to come off it.
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