Our expert says:
Hmm. Over the weekend I was at a big psychopharmacology conference near Cape Town, and met the Valdoxan people, and I'm hoping to get more information from them about this new drug, soon. The symptoms you describe don't match anything I've come across so far with the use of Valdoxan as such.
What seems to me the most likely explanation is one I found other doctors have met. We vary in how sensitive we are to withdrawal symptoms when stopping some of the current antidepressants, and people have noticed a problem when people are switched to Valdoxan, that some odd symptoms arise FROM THE WITHDRAWAL of the previous drug, and not from the Valdoxan, but that the Valdoxan often gets blamed for this, because it may be the drug you are actually taking while the drama caused by the previous drug's withdrawal is still being played out.
If these symptoms are due to the Venlor withdrawal, they shouldn't last much longer. Personally, I would have avoided making such a change just before exams, just as I'd try to avoid moving house before exams. Do consult your own doc - he clearly tried harder than some as regards the weaning of Venlor plan.
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