Googling venlafaxine yesterday did not do me a whole lot of good. For a while, I was pretty scared, but then decided to judge it according to my own experiences with it. After all, the effect citalopram had on me was different from what the majority goes through as well.
Well, my first experience with it was rather horrible. The psychiatrist had told me to take the venlafaxine in the morning, with my breakfast, and so I had a banana, took the pill, and ate a sandwich afterwards. About 20 minutes later, I started feeling a little queasy and dizzy. I went to lie down on the bed, where I felt very ill very quickly. 45 minutes after taking the pill, I found myself in the bathroom, vomiting violently. I don’t want to gross anyone out by too graphic description, but it was so bad that while vomiting I thought: “This isn’t going fast enough! This stuff needs to get out NOW!!!”
Once my stomach was empty, I felt better instantly, but it was not over yet, because apparently my whole digestive tract was affected and I got diarrhea as well, while a couple more waves of nausea washed over me – those did not result in vomiting, though. In the early afternoon, the worst was over and I slept for two hours as I was completely exhausted.
After the nap, my stomach had calmed down and I only felt a bit of dizziness, but was left rather weak. I don’t dare eating anything but dry bread, plain rice and apples either, because I am afraid of getting sick again.
I just hope it will be easier tomorrow, because I don’t see myself lasting very long if I have to vomit that violently every morning. When starting citalopram, I got queasy too, but nowhere near as bad.
Originally, I’d wanted to cut the first pill (37.5 mg) in half and start with an even lower dose, but the pills are too small for that (I don’t have the extended-release capsules).