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Med Withdrawal - June 9th 2014, 08:59 AM

My doctor put me on 37.5 mg of Venlafaxine and I forgot to take it only the past two nights and I mean today I burst into tears and just generally felt awful but I didnt think much of that until I tried to get to sleep. It took me forever to begin with and once I finally did I could only sleep for short bouts of time within a 20 minute period. I was having awful nightmares, all of them took place in my bedroom and they honestly felt so real. In one I was being moved around my bed without my control in a horror movie like fashion, in another I was trying to get to the door but could barely move and was squirming on the ground calling for help but instead of my roommate a large man scary man came- basically these were nothing like dreams I usually have- they were so vivid and detailed, my room was exactly like my real room. Has anyone had nightmares like these? My assumption is that it was caused my med withdrawal and if I start taking them regularly again I should be fine. Would I be correct?

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Re: Med Withdrawal - June 9th 2014, 10:40 AM

Hey there,

I've not been on venlafaxine myself but I've been on other anti-depressants and the withdrawal effects are similar to what you've experienced. I have a friend on venlafaxine who gets bad nightmares if he misses a dose so it's probably responsible for the nightmares you've been experiencing too.

You should start feeling better once you've taken your dose, it might take a short while to kick in but make sure you don't take multiple doses to try and make up for it. If you have trouble remembering to take your meds sometimes then I find setting an alarm on your phone can help and it makes sure you take it at about the same time each day too.

I hope this helped, take care!
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Re: Med Withdrawal - August 23rd 2014, 01:16 PM

Hi There,

Not taking medication can cause things such as nightmares, anxiety and other issues. If you set an alarm this should help you remember to take your medicine. Most medication needs to be taken regularly, around the same time and alays, in the dosage prescribed. If you miss a dose, only take the amount of medicine you are supposed to and do not take two to make up for the missed dose.
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Re: Med Withdrawal - August 23rd 2014, 10:23 PM

Im on 150mg of venlafaxine and I wouldn't experience affects of withdrawal if I only missed it for two days but the symptom's you're describing could well be that. We can't say for sure since we're not medically trained but I will advise you to take you medication as you should do to prevent things like this from happening.


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