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Jun 4, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you for recognizing that there are barriers to treatment. That's something that I get blamed for a lot – not doing everything possible. But I'm contemplating taking out a loan to get treatment from a doctor who isn't covered by insurance, and apparently that is also bad. Can't win.

No one should have to contemplate financial ruin to save themselves from wanting to die.

"Of course, what we do about it, is a choice (that is if what needs to be done is within our reach medically, financially, etc.)."

Jun 4, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Just wanted to say I've been venlafaxine free for about 2 months now. Prozac bridge worked for me: I started 20mg of Prozac while still on 37.5mg of venlafaxine, and after two weeks of both, stopped venlafaxine. And the first couple of days were rough but not nearly as bad as trying it before. I stayed on the Prozac for a month but couldn't stand the diarrhea it caused, so talked to my doctor and switched to Cymbalta. It seems to work…slightly. Had a dose increase starting a week ago and it might be helping. No noticeable side effects – yay.

I'm still very depressed but I have a tiny bit more energy when I'm not getting sucked into a depression vortex. So my bad days are just as bad, but my not-bad days are almost okay. It's an improvement, even if it isn't enough.

I think a big obstacle is my allergies. (synthetic scents, and as severe as people think of peanut allergies) The isolation (and almost daily getting pummeled by my immune system) hits me hard. I just got rejected for two jobs explicitly because of it. I have a lot of times I think I can't stand living like this. I'm still here though and haven't made an attempt in a year or so now.

May 16, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Provigil. It's used for narcolepsy and staring to be used now for chronic fatigue syndrome. It's the next thing to try if duloxetine doesn't work.

I wish the fatigue was from the venlafaxine. Then it would go away once it works its way out. I knew it was a possibility. But I've had issues with fatigue pretty much always, since I was an adult. I started to fall apart completely at 18.

In my freshman year of college, before even my first antidepressant, I was sleeping about 14 hours a day. So it isn't any one medication. I'm staring down the probable diagnosis of CFS. But it's a diagnosis of exclusion.

Sorry for rambling. I've rewritten this post a few times now and it keeps coming out too long.

May 14, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Definitely will be celebrating if I can get into a clinical trial. Would be happy to share some good news if I ever get any.

Otherwise, it's at least $500/treatment, in cash, since it isn't covered by insurance. Also I would need someone to drive me home from each treatment and it's 3 days a week for the first two weeks. Logistical headache.

But the efficacy rate for people like me who have been given up on is very good. Especially those who also are chronically suicidal. Barring that, I will reapply for disability, this time with a lawyer.

May 14, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Not to burst anyone's bubble but the number of beads varies by manufacturers as well as dosage. So double check each time the prescription is refilled.

Just don't want anyone to rely on counts for one version that don't hold consistent.

May 14, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Wanted to check in so people know I'm still alive. Still venlafaxine free. I don't think I'm getting any withdrawal symptoms. Prozac bridge worked for me. Didn't help the depression but it stopped the withdrawal.

I'm not really reading this forum regularly anymore so sorry if I worried anyone.

Maybe someday I'll find a treatment that works. Next step is a prescription stimulant under the idea that if I have more energy I'll actually be able to do the self care stuff. Still angling for a clinical trial for ketamine.

May 14, 2019 · switch from one generic antidepressant to another in Depression & Anxiety

Sorry I can't be more help but I only took the name brand of a medication once, over ten years ago since they were free samples until I could get my insurance figured out. I didn't notice any difference from what I can remember.

I always take generic. It's the same active ingredient so it should be the same – that is the guarantee from the FDA from what I can understand.

Also I haven't ever had a remission of symptoms for more than a few weeks. Which may have been simply timing and not even the medication. Meds help me but I seem to be an odd case because it never works for long. I've almost completely exhausted antidepressants to try, other than first generation antidepressants which significantly lower quality of life and can be very dangerous because they have bad interactions with most medicine, even simpler ones like aspirin.

Apr 14, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@farmboy you have plenty of people rooting for you so hang in there.

He might just not get notifications. I don't get emails and just keep this group open in a tab on my phone and check once every few days or when I think of it. Hopefully he's just distracted and feeling better.