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I have been on 150mg venlafaxine for around 6 years. My doctor recently prescribed an additional 75mg to take with the 150.  I’ve been having a ton of anxiety about increasing the dosage. Yesterday I counted beads and took roughly 10mg of the increased dosage. Today I did the same with roughly 15mg worth of beads. Has anyone else done this to slowly increase? 

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Dear @JR3381,

Welcome to SA. We are a site to help people come off of psychiatric drugs with the least harm in terms of withdrawal effects if and when people want to stop taking the drugs. We don't advise on increasing dosages, right drugs etc. I'll post here what I wrote to another member about psychiatric drugs in general.


"We follow scientific evidence that shows convincingly that antidepressants are no better than placebo at treating depression as a result can't in good faith recommend any antidepressants.



Their prescribing is based on the misguided chemical imbalance myth. 

https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/debunking-two-chemical-imbalance-myths-again. Here's the former head of the APA admitting it's a myth but denying, unfortunately, that it was a myth perpetuated by the whole psychiatric establishment.


If and when you decide to come off of these drugs please do so very carefully by lowering your dosage by no more than 10% of your previous dose a month. You can browse the the site more to see what the alternative can do to people."


You should make your own decision about venlafaxine but if you ever want to come off of it, please remember that it's one of the hardest to come off of. While taking it do not skip doses as that will sensitize you and can make later withdrawal much harder.


I am really sorry you are struggling with anxiety, it is an awful thing and hope that you can find a way out of it. 

We find that magnesium helps people with anxiety and alerting from withdrawal and it may help you as well. Here is our thread about what has helped people in withdrawal. 


Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants



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I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information and recommendations provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 


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Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week (off by 4/14/19- no tapering)

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59, 12/15/2022 - 0.48, 2/15/22 - 0.43, 25/07/23 - 0.25 (mistake), 6/08/23 - 0.33mg


Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

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