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I was on 225mg and i reduced to 0 over the course of 2 years. I went from 225-150-75-37.5-25-0mg. Its been 5 months since i last took a 25mg venlafaxine pill and im still feeling awful withdrawal. I have extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, brain zaps, brain fog, clicking/popping sensation in my head, poor memory problems, poor concentration, cold hands and feet, nausea and strong anxiety just to name a few lol!
Has anyone else had this too please and how long did your withdrawal last. Did your withdrawal come if phases? I need some help please!
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I think you went too fast not sure how long it took you to go from the 37.5 mg but I would have slowed it down at that point to maybe even 6 months before stopping. you can get it in liquid form when you get to the 37.5 that's the hardest part . Maybe you could try reinstating the 37.5 stabilize the get a liquid form and go extremely slow from that point
Too fast i think. I only say this because i had a chat with the pharmacist who was reviewing my medication the other day. I happen to mention that i had dropped 37.5 mg tablet. Now on 150 mg. He said that if i wanted to reduce more than to discuss with him as medication comes in many different forms making it easier to reduce and limit side effects. I felt yuk every day for at least two months. I didnt know it dame in different forms. Next time i will do as he has suggested.
i held my drop from 37.5 - 25mg for 8 months and didnt recover so i just came off it. thanks for your reply
i have the same issues thought i didnt hold my drop as long. im getting the feeling that i came down from 37.5 to 20 all to fast. i was impatient but when i saw no change i figured i was good. Today marks five weeks and i am getting past the brain zaps but the mood swings, anxiety and muscle aches and twitches are really unnerving. ive spoken to my head meds specialist who insists that this has nothing to do with coming off the effexor. i know that just feeds my anxiety more because my brain panel sits and asks.. well them whats wrong with me. im seriously considering the lexapro option. this isint living i dont feel engaged in the world but trapped in my own head
Doctors have no idea how bad this medication effects people. I spoke to a doctor and he told me I shouldnt be experiencing withdrawal symptoms 5 months later. I thought I shouldnt but I am. I hope you feel better soon
Have you noticed any change in your weight from either taking the drug or reducing the drug?
yes ive put on 2 stone from being on the medication, awful drug!!
Have you lost the weight as you have tapered off the drug?
No sorry but that doesnt mean it may not happen. I have heard that people have lost weight whilst off the med.
trust me Doctors will try to say its the return of the depression or the anxiety causing the symptoms!
Not its diffently the drug
never ever believe them its the drug withdrawal and its real
iv been wanting to come off this venlafxine for years now, i was on it for 14 years. I'm only the third day into not having them, i am currently taking citalopram and i think this has slightly and i mean slightly helped take a few withdrawel symptoms away, however i have still got alot. so you posted this 2 years ago, how are you doing now with being off it all this time? and i agree my doctor said the same to me about i shouldnt get withdrawel symptoms
I've been off mine 6 days now, the first few days I felt light headed, my vision wasn't great, very cloudy looking, I was very moody also. into the weekend I started getting headaches, and I was really really tired. now Sunday up until now I've been getting heart palpitations a lot, quite constantly, I've never ever had this many palpitations before, even before I started it, I was on the lowest prescribed doze of 37.5mg but I was fed up of feeling numb, like nothing, the dry mouth constantly, the extreme heat and sweating, tired, it was an awful drug, anyone ever asks me for advice to go on these I will tell them no, I'm still getting like flashes in my vision, which is strange, it's like when you see lightning flash, and the prickly sensation on my skin its like a tiny electric shock, it is annoying, the thing is though, I'm not anxious, I don't feel anxiety at all, but I'm getting the heart palpitations. they are horrible, but I know it will go away eventually, I had anxiety attacks on the medication also, so they didn't work, burst of sweat, breathing issues and in all honesty my heart beat was much faster on venlafaxine. it caused me to gain weight also, I'd say about 3 stone since I started them. I started to realise that these meds don't help, that we need to accept our feelings and deal with them, being on them made me more empty, like I had no joy, no sadness, no nothing, the only worrying thing for me is these palpitations, because it's a lot, but I refuse to feel that way again, emotionless. I want to feel happy, joy, sadness, heartbreak, love, never again will I ever go on any thing like this again, I'd rather have the panic attacks because that empty feeling I never want to feel that way again. I'd say I have more the anxiety side, more than the depression, depression i do have but it's not that severe, I can deal with it. any advice I'd give to anyone, avoid venlafaxine at all costs, it's not worth it, not worth being on them, and not worth coming off them and having to deal with the withdrawals, but it will all pass in time. in all honesty, I'd rather die than have to take this medication again, that's how bad they are, if your doctor offers you this, say no, any antidepressants really, see a therapist, do cognitive behaviour therapy, make this medication your last option.
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