I have been led to believe that anti-depressant taking is not unusual for people with Fibromyalgia hence my posting this here. I had a very bad night after a discovery that has left me rather shocked. I have been on anti-depressants for about14 years. I’ve tried different drugs but the only one that seemed to lift my mood and also not give me much in the way of side-effects was Venlafaxine. Gradually I’ve gone downhill mood-wise until I feel nothing. My health just gets worse each year with new problems always cropping up and so it could be attributed to that. I can act happy, laugh at some things (although not much) and make jokes - but it doesn’t really touch me. I’m on 300mg. I take two 150mg generic tablets just after my breakfast in the morning. They aren’t extended release capsules; they are the cheapest ones available. Last night I was horrified to notice that one of the tablets had clearly gone through my digestive system completely whole. Now it was a fluke that I noticed, good peripheral vision – sorry to have to mention it but it is very relevant. I don’t know how long this has been happening, if either pill is going through undigested and then in that case if they are providing any help at all. Maybe this is me without the drugs really? Or not as much of the drug as I thought. I had a look on the internet and there are several incidences of people complaining about the same thing. Not that they had any answers bar cutting the pills up so that they would be digested. My point is; if they aren’t being digested surely I could come off them? Then amongst the research last night I found ‘The Way Back’ programme. Has anyone heard of it? I downloaded the free eBook and of course all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are listed as caused by anti-depressants! True or not I have no idea. My head feels overloaded! Coming off anti-depressants is horrible and, apparently, really bad if it’s Venlafaxine. The people responsible for devising 'The Way Back' offer supplements that are supposed to remove the symptoms of withdrawal but to get all the recommended pills would cost around £150.00. Is it a scam? I just simply don’t have that kind of money. I will see one of the uninterested GPs available to me but I needed to raise it with some people who might know more. Sorry for such a long post. I find it impossible to be brief! Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Deb
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