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Should I stop Venlafaxine tablets after 15 years? Can't cope with side effects anymore but don't want to get ill again. Bit desperate.

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Loobyfly Fri 31-Jan-14 18:01:15

I've taken antidepressants for 15 years, Citalopram, Fluoxetine and for the last few years Venlafaxine. Always had practically non-existent sex drive, which I've assumed could be side effect of the tablets. Was affecting my marriage so DH and I have been going to Relate for last few weeks/months. I want to stop the tablets to see if sex issue improves and also because for quite a while I've felt detached from everything, like having no proper feelings for DH and our 3 children. But in the past when I've tried to come off tablets, within 2 weeks I've been tearful, anxious and unable to cope. At the moment I feel desperate, worried about situation with DH and very mixed up about several issues that have come up at Relate. So possibly not the best time to try and stop. But I feel it may be the only way to solve libido problems. Very confused. Has anyone else managed to get off these addictive pills after such a very long time? Thank you.

Dancingqueen17 Sat 01-Feb-14 15:47:58

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LastingLight Sat 01-Feb-14 15:50:23

You need to consult your doctor before trying to come off it. For me coming of Venlaxafine was a non-event, my friend landed up in a mh clinic for a week. It's different for everybody.

WithanAnotE Mon 03-Feb-14 20:28:08

Agree with other posters' comments, consult your doctor before any weaning off.
I'm on 300mg Venlafaxine (IR), and some other meds, and it has really affected my ability to orgasm. I am hoping to reduce down to <150mg which I have been at before and things were a lot better!
I think everyone is a little different.
I have been on other ADs and had no problems at all sex drive wise.
Are you seeing a GP or psychiatrist?

Loobyfly Fri 07-Feb-14 20:29:24

Thank you everyone. I have seen my GP this week and he referred me to Adult Mental Health. Saw them today for assessment and now have to wait for appointment with psychiatrist. Hope it comes soon as I really want to give myself every chance of working things out with my husband.

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