Weaning off the meds.

I am debating coming off the medication because I don’t want to rely on antidepressants anymore. I’m on quite a strong daily tablet; Venlafaxine 75mg. I have been on them now for almost 2 years on and off. I have asked for a doctor’s appointment to discuss it with him. So why do I wish to come off it?

I visited my sister last weekend and sadly forgot my tablets. It was only around 3 hours before I started feeling the effects of not having taken one. I started to feel a little dizzy, sick, a headache and weird tingling sensations in my head followed pretty quickly afterwards. The chemicals in my body obviously adjusted to the medication and now if I miss even 1 tablet I am ill. A few hours or so from taking the missed pill I felt came round again. The medication also makes me very drousy and I have put on a considerable amount of weight. Not just because of the meds but because I’m tired all the time I cannot be bothered to go to the gym. I’m having to force myself to do anything these days. Yesterday my grandad was admitted to hospital quite poorly. Thankfully he is on the mend but I don’t want to be too tired and unable to be there for him. The meds just knock me out completely, I need to be with it.

I know I cannot go cold turkey because the withdrawal symptoms are too debilitating so I’m going to request I be weaned off gently. They served a purpose but I want to be able to get better without them now. I don’t want to have to rely on them anymore. Has anyone else been in this situation and able to provide me with some pearls of wisdom please?


About mitsanuk

I left the RAF in 2015 following 20 years as a frontline paramedic. It has been an amazing career but then found myself suffering because of this. My blog exists as an outlet for me as well as a place for others to read and try to understand the mind of someone with PTSD. Please feel free to make comment on any post and lets raise some discussions on how we can help to end the stigma which surrounds mental illness. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please follow and share in the hope my experience will help others.
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3 Responses to Weaning off the meds.

  1. charlieendo says:

    I don’t have much advice from myself, as I take meds for Epilepsy, which so far are treating me ok. But, there was a good discussion on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon with their resident doctor http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pl1z2


  2. shaun says:

    It is funny how I have not had one positive reply to my messages, try EFT with NLP and Hypnosis, ???? why dont any of you listen and make the effort.


    • mitsanuk says:

      Shaun, with respect I have replied to a couple of your messages but your tone is harsh. Different people react to various kinds of treatment but one ‘doesn’t fit all’. We make an effort every single day.


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