Our expert says:
Well, Venlor, like all antidepressants, can be really useful in controlling a real, properly diagnosed Depression, but not for treating real life problems or hormonal / menopausal problems in general. Generally, if they have been useful in a Depression, it is useful to continue the medication for 9 months or so, to reduce the risk of a relapse of the depression.
If the symptoms of depression have remained gone for 9 months or so, it is usually safe to try stopping the med, and by a gradual reduction in dose, rather than by just immediately stopping. This is best checked and advised by the precribing doc.
On your own, you seem to have tried a reasonable scheme of dose reduction, but if you are experiencing what seem to be awful withdrawal efgfects, best to go back up a notch to whatever level did not produce such effects, and re-visit the prescribing doc. If he doesn't know how to give you a detailed plan for managibng this situation, he should not be prescribing the drug in the first place.
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