Withdrawls

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I have been self reducing this drug. I have been on it 8 months and it feels like poison to me. Weight gain night terrors and the sweating makes it impossible to socialise. Slowly reducing my dose and feel like I'm dying I feel like a true drug addiction suffering withdrawls. My pulse is sitting at 42bpm this morning feeling dizzy weak being sick have shakes chills headaches from he'll can't think straight and finding it difficult to get out of bed. I wish I had been given full information about this drug I need it out of my life.

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    Hi Sue

    These are all the symptoms of Ven, it is like poison I urge you to come off and wouldn't normally say this, see your GP first.

    A lot of people have come off this and to help with the withdrawals, they took Omega 3 and Benadryl (not the one a day)..... so I gave it ago and works wonders.

    Thanks

    Neil

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      Thanks neil I will give that a go. I spoke to my psychiatrist re coming off and got dosage increased. I hate myself on it every day means nothing I feel nothing. I was put on this as a result of being assaulted by a work colleague 2 1/2 years ago and I have lost my job due to mental health issues caused by the assault but this drug has made me hate myself. I'm so heavy and it's just made matters worse. Thank you for replying.

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      I hope you sued your employer, they caused this not you. Your braver then you think because your reaching out, remember it's the meds that's making you feel worse not you. Go back to psychiatrist and ask for diff meds now.

      I'm here if you ever want to chat I know exactly what your going through. Also do things you enjoy doing or used to enjoy, music always helps.

      Thanks

      Neil xx

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      Hi neil Yes I did sue them but loved my job and was great at it but I do know that's in the past. I'm going to stick with it and get off this. I see cpn on 29th so hope he understands. Thanks for listening to me and being supportive. I'll let you know how I get on.

      Suzanne

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      Hi neil

      Really struggling today. Started the omega 3 after you said. I don't know if it's coincidence or not but headaches have started to subside and have been replaced by I guess what everyone terms brain zaps. I have vertigo and I'm stumbling about everywhere. Last 2 days I have been vomiting any time I eat or drink which I think is now resulting on me not having any venlafaxine in my body. I feel so I'll. I'm a nurse so hv insight into things but I just feel so awful want to just curl up and not exist. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

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      Hi Sue

      I'm sorry your feeling like this If your not feeling any better please see your GP. Try taking some painkillers and don't forget the Benadryl with Omega 3 the 2 combined really did help me and I'm completely off Ven now.

      Just remember the feelings will pass they are only temporary.

      Take it easy Sue, and if you want to chat please do so I'm here. Big hug Neil x

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      My husband is on Day 2 of coming off of Venaflaxine 75mgXR and its literally a nightmare. He's been told to come off from our doctor as he was having awful side effects - choking, slurred speech the list would go on and on. So glad to come off but she has said just come off as he was only on it for 2 months and apart from the occassional headache he'd be fine - wrong ! We will be going back in the morning . May I ask how long you were actually on these tabs and how long did it take to come off ?

      Thanks

      Jan

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      Hi Jan I was only on them for 7 months. It has been very difficult getting off but I think I have finally turned a corner and things do not seem as bad. I had a really bad 3 weeks. Pain killers don't really work for headaches. This week I was given prochlorperazine buccal. They hv made the biggest impact and I am so happy. They hv taken away the vertigo which made me feel dizzy off balance drunk continual vomiting and diarrhoea. I still hv a bit of vertigo but no way as bad. U just sit these tablets up between your top lip and gum so they dissolve and act relatively quickly. I'm not on any antidepressants at moment now. I hope this helps your husband I wish him well.

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    Hi I too am coming off this awful drug which I have been on for nearly two years now. I started to withdraw two months ago from 150 mg, I'm now down to a 1/4 of a 75 mg tablet ever other day. I did try just to stop at a 1/4 daily but the brain zaps and nausea feeling returned so I'm going to try every other day and then see if I can stop completely. It's hard work but you will get there, I just want to be ven free, terrible drug. Good luck, stay positive 😃

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      Thank you. I had the worst day ever yesterday. Kept getting dizzy faint episodes. My head feels like it's going to explode and had the shakes vomiting and worse. Cannot eat trying to keep myself hydrated tho. Even tho withdrawl is awful it just strengthens my resolve to get off venlafaxine. I don't understand why I was not given the full information regarding this drug before I started it. Surely there is a duty to tell people about withdrawl. Anyways best of luck to you also getting off venlafaxine. Here's to a better future.

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    Hi Suzanne I quite agree patients should be told about side effects of using and trying to withdraw from this drug, it's terrible 😝

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    Boy do I know what you are talking about.  I have been taking Effexor about 20 years now.  Luckily for me it has been a wonder drug and I have had very little side affects.  However this drug is strong.  A guy I worked with had to take 2 weeks sick leave to come off it.  I take it around dinner time every night but if I don't I feel like I am hungover in the morning and don't want to get out of bed.  Immediately my head has this strange throbbing sensation which indicates I skipped my dose.  My bowels empty like crazy too.  I keep a dose in my purse just in case this happens.  My then doctor basically said it's all in my head... I would like to see them take it and come off.  I tried cutting back on it and even then I would get these terrible anger bursts which wasn't like me.  Every dr has a different answer too.  Once in emergency dept a psychiatrist told me if you come off this drug you may go into a deep depression and not recover!  Thanks buddy!  Luckily this narcotic has not lost its effect in what it is suppose to do for me.  And if they take me off it one day.. God help them!!  I wish I had an answer for you but understand what you are going through.  I hope you can find an alternate for yourself.  God Bless.

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      Hi karen I'm glad it's working for you. I have had the worst day ever today. Cannot keep anything down and stumbling about with vertigo. I went on antidepressants b cos of a bad assault by a work colleague 2 1/2 years ago and list my job on top of it due to ill health. I successfully sued my employer but feel I hv won nothing. I lost a career I loved and all the socialising etc that goes with it. It is now 6 months since I lost my job and feel I want to try and take my life back but boy getting off venlafaxine is one of the biggest fights of my life. I wish you well for the future and I appreciate your reply.

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      Sorry to hear about what you are going through.  Sometimes you have to systematically change the venlafaxine by starting another type of antidepressent.  Maybe that will work.  Check it out with your doctor.  Good luck!
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