So I made the decision a little while back to start to come off my anti-depressants. For those who are interested I have been on Venlafaxine for the past 12 months on a dose of about 75mg, reduced from 150mg initially.
The thing about venlafaxine is that they were very effective but my god the side effects were horrendous. I had night sweats, nausea and heart palpitations for the first 6 months and so it made me a little nervous about what was going to happen when I came off them.
So what was the plan?
After speaking with my doctor we decided that I would start by taking one tablet every other day for a week or two, then every two days etc… until I eventually came off them all!
It’s so difficult to know what the best course of action is but I was warned it would be a difficult journey and one that I should neither rush or slow down too much, so the plan above seems to work quite well.
The reality of coming off them
Well I’m 2 weeks in and I have just started to take one tablet every 2 days. To say that I am struggling is a real understatement. For the first 24 hours I feel fine but as soon as those hours are up I feel dizzy, I get heart palpitations and feel very tearful and anxious. As of yet the symptoms haven’t eased up at all, in fact the less I take the worse it is getting – but I hope that the more time goes on it will get easier.
So what am I doing to help these symptoms?
- I am leaning heavily on John to check that my reactions to things are not too extreme (poor guy!); I’m trying so hard to keep my emotions measured and am trying to keep smiling and positive for John and Rupert!
- I am also practicing yoga every day at the moment to help regulate my breath and heart rate and to stop my anxiety getting on top of me. I find a nice relaxed and soft vinyasa practice is really helping me find space and rhythm in my body.
It is not the most fun I’ve ever had but I know that it is worthwhile and the best course of action.
I will let you know how I am getting on!