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Depression and venlafaxine

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nicros

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Hi eternal journey, I am on venlafaxine 150mg and only increased to this amount 2 1/2 weeks ago after having 75mg for nearly 2 years. I have GAD and was first put on prozac which made me hyper and more anxious so they changed it to citalipram but it affected my kidneys so then venlafaxine. I found it worked very quickly as back then it was just terrible anxiety and panic attacks, so it took the edge off things and made me feel calmer and more confident. However I've had a really stressfull year with deaths and illnesses that I have been exhausted and depressed lately hence the higher dose. At the moment I can just feel the side effects such as nausea, dizziness, sweats, shakes, headaches, and I feel a bit dazed too. I am going to give it longer and see if it works if not then I will try to go back down to 75mg and manage with more support from my health worker. I have found that venlafaxine for anxiety was fantastic and has given me my life back it also sorted out my IBS although it has started again whilst I settle into this dose. Last year I stupidly came straight off 75mg twice and couldn't stand the effects after 2 days so went back on it. It is supposed to be hard to come off but because it helps my IBS so much and I was almost house bound with it at its worst then I know I will be on it for a long time yet. Hope this helps a bit. I know that mine is mainly anxiety but 2 weeks ago I couldn't stop crying and already I feel much better so stick with it for a bit and we must keep in touch as we are at the same stage , Nicola :grouphug:
 
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Hi Nicros

I'm hoping that your unpleasant side-effects from venlafaxine have eased off by now. I've just been put on 75g of this drug myself and am pleased that you had success at this dose. My mood has been so low lately plus the anxiety was also at a peak and I was desperate for help.

I only started it on wednesday and must admit i've already suffered from a few side effects and also have not left the house since then as I don't feel I can cope with other people right now. I'm sure this will only be temporary and i'm determined to continue with them as I often give up meds too soon which is totally detrimental to me.

So may people give advice about how to cope without them and I did try for a very long period but sometimes you just have to admit that you need them and there is no shame in that. If they help aid quality of life then its worth it.
 
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Hi Roxy, I have actually dropped my dose back down to 75mg a couple of days ago after taking 150mg for 3 weeks or so. It just made me feel really drugged up, but I feel much better already back on 75mg. I don't have too much trouble with side effects although I do get the sweats first thing after taking them and at about 3am when I'm in bed. I also feel sick if I get hungry so I keep food with me all the time. Apart from that it is fab I just feel like I used to before all this anxiety and dpression started. Hope you feel better soon, keep in touch Nicola (y):hug:
 
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I do feel that venlafaxine is a powerful drug and it does seem to work for me enabling me to cope better.
 
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eternaljourney

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I'm still struggling on it after just over six weeks and just over four of those weeks at 150mg. I feel sickly sometimes but I feel like that with anxiety so I'm not always sure of the difference. I was hoping to raise my dose this week again but my doc has suggested to wait another couple of weeks.
It's good to know that some of you feel stronger emotionally on it.

:)
 
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I've been on this drug for three years, at varying doses.
It helped for the first year or so, but when it stopped working, coming off it was a real pain.
It's a long story, but now I am really close to being totally free of it, i take half a 35mg tab a day, and soon I'll be kicking it.
But the depression is worse than ever.
If it works for you, good luck to you.
Just beware of the withdrawals...
 
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Venlafaxine

Hi,

Just though I'd let you know I've been on venlafaxine for the last 12 years. I still see someone for the depression but generally, this drug has really helped me cope. I know what you mean about the withdrawal, though. On rare occasions, I have missed a dose and even then, feel quite poorly.!

:flowers:
 
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Thanks for the advice andymax.

I wouldn't say it is working for me really. My moods are all over the place, one minute I'm crying the next I'm angry...
I'm back at the doctors this week for maybe a dose adjustment.

Do men have such big mood swings with depression or is it more anger with men?

I'm in an angry mood at the moment, about an hour ago I was weepy and this morning I was anxious.

It'll be ten weeks on this in a few days and I don't understand why I feel so crappy. I know there are big things happening in my life at the moment that would shake the steadiest of people but is it possible that venlafaxine has no affect on some people?

Phlbrrleauuuggghhh!!!! Horrible moods!:mad: :cry: :(
 
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I was on 150mg for about 4 months then had it increased at my request to the next dose(on the extended release) of 225mg. I believe that this is the level at which it works on serotonin levels and nor adrenaline and I found it more effective at this level though every one of us is different.
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Hey, eternaljourney... It's a fact that all antidepressants have people they work for and people they don't, that's why we're all on different ones!
I'm biased with venlafaxine because of my experience with it, and my reflex reaction to what you say is that if it's not working for you, get off it now, and try something else...
But that's not necessarily the right advice for you, your doctor will make the call. Just try to give him/her as much info as possible. If I go to the docs, I make a list of things I wanna say and take it with me.
Good luck!
 
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And as for men having the mood swings, well I can only speak for myself... No, I never have them... I have one mood... sad.
 
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eternaljourney

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Well Sine it must have been good for you to be on it for twelve years, that's encouraging.

Kp perhaps the higher dose for me will improve things.

I want to ask how is it with a drink? I know drink is a depressant and I shouldn't even be thinking of it but I haven't had a drink for months and just fancy a few shots to chill me.
I've lost 6 stone since last year (partly trying, partly cos I had a hysterectomy and partly the depression and loss of apetite) so drink hits me fast. But does being on this and having a drink cause any big problems?

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I'm not a big drinker, but I don't get any bad effects from a drink or two on it... That doesn't mean you won't though, so ask your doctor...
 
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Hi Eternal,

You have lost 6 stones!!?? Well done you. That's amazing. I often have a drink of wine, but only with my meal. Don't have alcohol on its own. But I have to admit, it effects how I feel the next day. (Black thoughts etc). So its your call. Mind you, if I had lost as much weight as you, I wouldn't be drinking those empty calories.

Getting back to whatever meds we are put on, our Docs can only know if they're working if we let them know how we are. My Doc has been quite happy to tweak my dosage etc in the past. I am also on Sodium Valproate to help with extreme anxiety that I am prone to, and that seems to have helped a lot.

Speak later, Sine (y)
 
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