Effexor xr therapeutic dose

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Avatar n tn Today I found this site and read practically every comment , article as well as personal testimonies from fellow Effexor XR survivors. My question is not one of how to reduce or manage withdrawal symptoms ( have fully discussed with GP and Psychiatrist all aspects ) however I get nowhere when trying to find out high dosage over long term effects medically . I've been on 300mg, 150mg in morning and again at bedtime.
Avatar f tn I didn't do too well on Paxil, so 7 weeks ago he changed me to Effexor XR. Started at lowest dose for one week and now on 75 mg. a day. I started feeling a lot better but he now wants me to start weaning down off the Klonopin. I tried last week by cutting out 1/4 of my mid-day dose and after three days the anxiety started returning, not sleeping, etc so I started back on my full dose and feel fine again.
Avatar f tn Therefore, talk to your doctor about adjusting the schedule so you stay on the last dose of Lexapro while going off the Effexor.
603543 tn?1255298050 They are not there to lie to you and internet articles are not something I would read in preference to a doctor's experience. Ever. 37.5 mgs is the minimum Effexor dose and rarely does it have therapeutic value at that level. So stopping it is a bad move as you and the doc have not given it enough of a chane to help. It usually works at higher doses where it does help people.
Avatar n tn The Effexor XR did work great for me, but unfortunately with the loss of my job (being laid-off) comes the loss of my medical insurance which means no rx co-pay. I can't afford it anymore. Thanks and have a great day.
Avatar n tn Klonipin has a pretty long half life, so I think you'll be fine. The Effexor he has you on is a pretty low dose, and it is unusual to see Effexor combined with Serzone, since they both do pretty much the same thing. I'm sorry to hear that things got so rough for you..I hope they've resolved and that your anxiety has gone away. Butterbean! Good to see you post again. I wondered how you were doing. Yes, the vics will make the paxil less effective.
Avatar n tn If I had to do it again, I would suck it up and get to the Therapeutic dose sooner (150 mg) I was told that 150 mg and below of Effexor only give you serotonin lift. It takes above that for the other 2 chemicals to kick in. I was on Effexor for bout a 18 months and did pretty well. Well enough to want to come off it. If you go super slow, the withdrawal isn't so bad. Try to deal with anx/depress using natural stuff, HTP-5, fish oil, Vitamins, etc. Didn't work so well.
Avatar m tn My anxiety got a bit better for a few years, then came back with a vengeance. I went back to the doctor and we tried Effexor XR; aside from not being able to sleep for the first few days, it didn't make me feel too bad, and eventually it helped quite a bit; I was on it for about 2.5 years with only occasional, relatively mild anxiety. During those times I took Xanax, which worked WONDERS. It really seemed to do the trick for nearly all my symptoms, even more so than the Effexor.
Avatar f tn I've been on Effexor XR (not the generic.. the generic *****) for about 5-6 years now. I was a lot different 5 years ago though. It was great for the 1st few years, I didn't get down, I was happy however, like a numb happy. I wanted to be numb then though. I now want to feel and have a mind that isn't blah. I feel like Effexor has almost stolen my creativity. The withdrawl from Effexor I hear is terrible. Brain shakes, nausea, episodes of crying, paranoia, anxiety X10.
Avatar f tn I took Effexor XR for 2 years along with my Tamoxifen, It really did decrease my hot flashes and also some of my down moments. Effexor XR you have to make sure you do not miss a dose, it is a very strong antidepressant. I would start crying and couldn't stop,could not figure it out until I realized it was the medicine. So I weaned myself off with the help of my doctor.
Avatar n tn I have been on Effexor XR 150mg for over 2 years now, and have decided that it is time to come off of it. It worked wonderfully for my anxiety/depression, and the only lasting side effect I had, was when I took my daily capsule later than usual. I have heard the sensation described as brain shivers and they were hideous! The weight gain, however, is more than I can bear!
Avatar f tn My appointment lasted 13 minutes and he told me that he wouldn't refill my Xanax prescription since he believed it to be very addictive and wrote me a script for Effexor XR. In researching this anti-depressant, I've discovered HORRIBLE withdraw symptoms and addiction, not to mention the side effects including insomnia. I went back to my PCP and told him that I wasn't convinced that I needed an anti-depressant rather an anti-anxiety med and that the Psychiatrist wouldn't refill it.
Avatar n tn I was on Effexor xr for 10 years with amazing results it stopped working back in November 2011 and I switched to pristiq with minimal results now im on Cymbalta and its just not working for me im hoping I can try Effexor again anyone ever have experience going back on a med after it stopped working
342793 tn?1196403864 So please please make sure to start with a low dose of Cymbatla AND your normal Effexor dose … then start lowering Effexor and adding dose for Cymbalta and so on until you get rid of the Effexor left in your body and Cymbalta takes over! This may take two weeks or more but it is a really simple thing to do if you are couched well by a good doctor! By the way after all this explanation….
477048 tn?1215571547 Dana, I am also on Effexor XR and Lamictal. My doctor added a small dose of Lamictal to the mix, because Effexor seemed to lose its effect. I am not bipolar. I also have problems with concentration, but I believe I had problems with concentration previously, as it is a common syptom of depression. Best wishes!
982835 tn?1249765558 But are you sure that 225 mg is not a big dose for effexor xr? I heard that 150 was the average dose people take and also my doctor told me that.
Avatar m tn Hello there, I just finished reading your comments. I know that Effexor is an antidepressant. I used to take it myself at one point in my life but the side effects of Effexor were uncomfortable for me and I requested that I be given a new medication and I was and that one works better for me. A family member of mine is on Effexor and it works fine for her. Anyway, you're asking about the drug Mirtazapine. I am looking at a book of mine as a resource.
Avatar f tn Well, effexor xr did work but it took awhile and alot of increases. When I got up to 187.5. I was doing better. Oh and btw the withdrawls were not as bad as everyone would have you believe. They were very manageable. I had a decent day yesterday but today the morning anxiety is back! Ugh I hate this!
96108 tn?1197694930 By the way, He switched me from Effexor XR to Zoloft due to the Effexor Xr seeming to contribute to my Anxiety attacks. I am highly sensitive to medicine. When he tried to Add Xanax to help the Anxiety attacks i was having trouble with short term memory loss.
Avatar f tn If Effexor isn't working and you've been on it at a therapeutic dose for a couple of months, it probably isn't the right med for you. Stopping sooner rather than later will make withdrawal less likely to be difficult. A good psychiatrist knows how to properly taper you slowly onto a drug so you handle start-up side effects better and how to slowly taper you off of it at a speed that suits you so withdrawal can be mitigated.
433412 tn?1232558056 Hi Toots, There are many folks on this forum taking VENLAFAXINE, better known, perhaps, as Effexor XR. Effexor XR's "first line" function is major depression, not panic disorder. It is sometimes prescribed, long term, for social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder, but seldom for major panic disorder. You said you were put on Effexor in January. I will assume you mean THIS January, not January,1945. You have been on it a very short time.
Avatar n tn Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa/Lexapro, Elavil, and Wellbutrin (or buproprion/budeprion). Through trial and error, I've learned that the SSRIs "drag me down" and sap my energy. Same with Effexor. Elavil simply tranquilized me. Of all these meds, Wellbutrin XL has worked the best for me and I've taken it (or generic equivalent) for about ten years.
Avatar n tn On Tuesday, September 14th we finally gave up on the Paxil (couldn't go higher due to side effects) and switched to Effexor XR 37.5 mg. I have seen some small improvement with the Effexor (been on it for about a month now at 37.5) but I'm told I am still sub-therapeutic. My side effects are blurred vision, head pressure, lightheadedness/mild dizziness. I'm also still taking the Buspar and Deseryl. I have been seeing a cognitive therapist and a psychiatrist to manage this.
Avatar n tn and if the effect of a therapeutic dose wasn't enough, it would probably allow you to tolerate a higher dose of Effexor (venlafaxine). You are taking a very low dose of lamotrigine (therapeutic range is generally 100 - 400 mg a day). Neurontin is pretty clean in terms of drug interactions. So I don't think you need to be too concerned about drug interactions from adding either Buspar or Effexor.
Avatar n tn Anyway, then he put me on Wellbutrin XL instead which doesn't seem to be helping. He just added Effexor XR. I asked if it causes weight gain and he said no,. But since he said the same with lexapro, I am concerned. I can't afford to gain more weight. I'm 5'2" and up to 140 now and nothing fits. Its making me more depressed! Am I more likely to gain weight with the Effexor again? I really wish there was something that could work without these side effects.
Avatar m tn I have just read on another site about how Teva is so unlike brand Effexor. I was on a generic form of Effexor XR, not Teva, but my body kn ew it was different. I went to my doctor and insisted I was put back on Brand Effexor XR. Many people find the generics differ from the brand names. I must admit I get heartburn but never associated with the antidepressant. I just take antacid pills to ease it.
Avatar n tn It claims to help with all the things I have. Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Anxiety. I am on Effexor XR and Lunesta and would like to come off of both of them. Have you heard anything good or bad that you can share with me about 5HTP?
Avatar f tn I'm on tx and ADs. I take Effexor XR and it works great for me. Remember that all ADs are not created equal and there is a chance the first one won't work and you may have to try another. I found that I respond better to SNRIs instead of SSRIs... they don't make me as drowsy, but they all feel weird the first week or so. Try to be patient. Tx is hard enough without feeling the need to cry all the time. I know I felt a LOT better when we got me on the right dose. Good Luck!
Avatar f tn Over this time I am been treated with the following combinations of medications with no relief. Effexor XR 75mg/Seroquel 300mg, for about six months, Pristiq 200mg/Epilim 2000mg (Sodium Valproate) for about one year, Cymbalta 120mg/Lithium 900mg for a year. My cycles were at one point about six week good, six weeks bad - give or take a few days...
Avatar n tn Right now I am on Effexor XR -- a relatively moderate dose -- and it hasn't shown much improvement. I'm going to max out my Effexor XR, see how that goes and then my next step is Lexapro, then Lexapro supplemented with Wellbutrin if Lexapro doesn't work alone. If you find that these meds help your mood, there really isn't anything bad about taking them long-term, except the expense and the hassle of getting the scripts refilled. When I get depressed, I drink.