Our expert says:
OK. Illovex is a generic form of venlafaxine, an antidepressant. With any AD, there's about a 70 % chance it will help you, and a competent doc or shrink would assess your progress and if after 2 oe 3 weeks you were not making significant progress on whichever AD was chosen first, would have helped you to come off it and to try another. Nobody should be left taking an ineffective AD for a year. As you say you have seen no improvements, presumably you are still Depressed.
The best thing would be for you to arrange to see a good local specialist psychiatrist rather than only a GP, for a re-assessment, advice on coming off the venlafaxine, and a disussion of other treatment options, including other ADs and CBT style counselling.
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