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Polly1963: surviving venlafaxine withdrawal when changing to fluoxetine

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Polly1963

Hi. I was on Venlafaxine for 4 weeks - 2 weeks at 37.5mg and 2 weeks at 75mg but I had a bad reaction to it so my doctor changed me to 29mg of Fluoxetine. I had to take 37.5 of Venlafaxine with the Fluoxetine for a week and then stoo the Venlafaxine. I have been on just the 20mg of Fluoxetine for 2 weeks and feel awful! I am sweating, shaky, nauseous and anxious. Is this the withdrawals from Venlafaxine or side effects of Fluoxetine please? Would appreciate some advice and how to deal with it. Thanks.

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Carmie
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Hi Polly, 

 

Welcome to SA. I’m sorry you’re having so many symptoms. You sound like you’re going through withdrawals. Going on and off meds and changing doses destabilises our brain. Cold turkeying medication, like you did, can certainly put you into withdrawals. I’ve been cold turkeyed off different medications as well, and the withdrawals were really severe. 

 

Could you please go to the Read This First forum and to the thread “Please Put Your Withdrawal History In Your Signature.” Thank you.

 

What date did you start the 37.5mg of Venlafaxine? What date did you go up to 75mg?

 

What dates where you on both the Venlafaxine and the Fluoxetine, and when did you totally stop the Venlafaxine?

 

So you’re on 20mg of Fluoxetine now, is that the dose you started on? 

 

Could you put all these dates and the doses in your signature. Thanks a lot.

 

Sending hugs🤗

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