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Question Venlafaxine 150mg + Antipsychotic?? - September 6th 2012, 12:53 AM

Hi all,

I have been on venlafaxine for four months now and still feel suicidal. Can antidepressants really cause suicidal ideation even after being on them for so long??

I had a medical review two days ago and was hoping to start cutting down on my venlafaxine (because it wasn't working so what was the point).

I saw a psychiatrist in my review who decided to perscribe an Antipsychotic! This was along with my venlafaxine by the way!

I was shocked really and kindly refused.
She gave me a booklet called 'your guide to the side effects of Antipsychotics' and asked me to think about it and to pick one if i decided to go ahead with it.

The psychiatrist also said I need to have regualar blood tests on these, which makes me think, wtf are they?

They all left with me feling dissapointed and confused over what just happened.

I dont like taking my venlafaxin anyway because I think its pointless when they dont help and I feel like a crazy person having to take them all the time.

Well, here I am. Thinking about it.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Re: Venlafaxine 150mg + Antipsychotic?? - September 6th 2012, 01:03 AM

Well, yes some anti-phsycotics can cause depression, which yes I must say is really annoying. Taking two different types might balance it out so if you're thinking about it, just do a trial run for a few weeks to see how you feel then.

The blood tests would probably be to see if you are taking the right doses and that it isn't too much for your system to take.

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Re: Venlafaxine 150mg + Antipsychotic?? - September 6th 2012, 01:05 AM

Hello Kyle, have you ever actually told your psychiatrist how you feel about taking your current medication? She may not realize that you were hoping to try a different medication or come off of it because it's not doing anything. You should be open with her about how her decisions make you feel or you'll just be pushed around and told to do whatever the psychiatrist think will help you the most.
Remember, that you're the only person who truly knows how you feel and you have the best idea about what could help you. Your psychiatrist is just there because she knows a lot about medication, but it's your job to help her decide which one would help you best and let her know when you think one has run its course and it's time to try something new.

And yes, antidepressants can make you feel more suicidal as long as your on them if you have that side effect. It's not one of the ones that goes away the longer you take it, it's one of the ones that sort of screams "It's time to try a different medication!" if it doesn't go away in a month or so.

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Re: Venlafaxine 150mg + Antipsychotic?? - September 6th 2012, 01:38 AM

I have stressed to my psychiatrist I want to come off meds completely but she just says "you will be able to when you start to feel better".

Think I will give it a go for a cupple of weeks like you said Hope.

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