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Does it matter when u take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR (am or pm)?

Does it matter when u take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR (am or pm)?

AM: It is always am medication. But there are few person take at night time if they feel tired or drowsy during day time. ...Read more

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Venlafaxine (Definition)

It belong to classification of snri antidepressant also help anxiety start slow go slow its approved for depression and anxiety disorder there are some common side effects important never stop suddenly always taper slowly if you ever ...Read more


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Please tell me what can ease Effexor (venlafaxine) XR withdraw?

Please tell me what can ease Effexor (venlafaxine) XR withdraw?

It needs to be: Slowly tapered under medical supervision. If you are starting another antidepressant - the two meds can often be cross titrated. ...Read more

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What is the ideal time to wein off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg?

What is the ideal time to wein off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg?

Anytime: If you have talked to your provider and it is agreed that trying to ween off Effexor (venlafaxine) is the right thing to do there is no particular good time. However, when you do go off do not stop immediately, but take two weeks to reduce your dose. ...Read more

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How are Effexor (venlafaxine) tablets and Effexor (venlafaxine) XR different?

How are Effexor (venlafaxine) tablets and Effexor (venlafaxine) XR different?

Effexor (venlafaxine): First one is the regular release, the XR is the Extended release. ...Read more

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Have you taken Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and felt the effects almost immediately?

Yes: Some patients say they have felt a benefit the first day they take a medication. That is likely due to the placebo effect and not the medication itself. You will notice side effects immediately. Depending on the side effect of the medication it can be beneficial, such as having more energy or sleepng better. The medication needs to build up in your system over a few weeks to obtain maximum benefit. ...Read more

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What are some differences between Effexor (venlafaxine) and Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

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Effexor (venlafaxine): The xr form is extended release and given once a day, somewhat better tolerated than the regular release as far as effect on stomach. ...Read more

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What is an effective "add on" to Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 225 mg to help improve mood?

What is an effective "add on" to Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 225 mg to help improve mood?

Augmentation meds.: Good choices to augment an antidepressant like Venlafaxine, would be Wellbutrin, or one of the newer atypical antipsychotics. Rexulti, Abilify, (aripiprazole) or Seroquel XR, are good examples. However, these should be chosen carefully since they may have serious side effects like weight gain, hypertension and risk of diabetes. ...Read more

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How long should the discontinuation symptoms of stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Depends on dose & length of time on effexor, (venlafaxine) as well as if other meds. Are used during washout phase, usually few weeks. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will I have withdrawls with 75 mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

It depends: Lots of people can stop that dose 'cold turkey'. Others may have to cut the dose down slowly of a few months. Most people fall in the middle. That is not a high dose, so it should not be too bad. ...Read more

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What side affects can I expect from upping my dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR from 150mg to 225mg? It's my second day

What side affects can I expect from upping my dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR from 150mg to 225mg? It's my second day

Like the begin: If u remember the way u felt the 1st few days/wks of starting effexor (venlafaxine)?, every time you go up on your dose, these symptoms/ feelings can recur.
The worst side effect is if you feel more depressed and become suicidal. Seek medical help asap.
Most mild s.E. Pass after a few days...If not, return to your prescribing doctor to discus. ...Read more

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I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a yr and have been off it for 4 yrs. How can I lose the weight that I gained while I was taking the drug?

I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a yr and have been off it for 4 yrs. How can I lose the weight that I gained while I was taking the drug?

Diet ; exercise: Weight loss can be achieved through a regular exercise regimen and a healthy diet. You will lose weight when you expend more calories than you consume through your diet. Cut back on sodas, fried foods, foods w/ high saturated fat content, junk food ; large portions. Trim excess fat off meat and remove skin from chicken. Eat more fruits ; veggies. Engage in a cardio workout 30 min, 5 days a wk. ...Read more

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Just started Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg what is the effective does to become more productive and how long will it take me to get to that dose?

Effexor (venlafaxine) XR: Use sustained release; start 37.5 mg/day; increase slowly to maximum of 75 mg tid (3X per day). Takes about 3-4 weeks to get desirable effect. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR blocks the reuptake of norepinephrine, increased blood pressure is a potential problem. Ask your doctor for more information.
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I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for almost a week and I lost my appetite. Why do you think this happened? Do you think it will return?

I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for almost a week and I lost my appetite. Why do you think this happened? Do you think it will return?

Known effect: Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause some appetite suppression. So if this just started after taking the medication, it may very well be related to your effexor (venlafaxine). It may not return and you should review this with your prescribing physician so you have plan of action, if appetite suppression becomes a bothersome problem. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a bit over a year and have been off it for about a month now. During that time I gained a lot of weight :- (very hard!

Lose it asap: That is a common side effect. In my experience it is best to lose it asap - exercise and a wise plant-based diet is a good idea. ...Read more

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I have taken Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for over 10 years and have titrated down to 75 mg. What is the best way to get off the medication completely? I have open angl

I have taken Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for over 10 years and have titrated down to 75 mg. What is the best way to get off the medication completely? I have open angl

Best is w/ Dr: It quite important - especially for those w/ long-term use - to work w/ a Dr to get off these meds. It can go well - but it can be dangerous. The risks make it a good decision to get help w/ it. Best! ...Read more

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1 mo. 10mg Lex did nothing. 1 mo. Of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and only s/e. Switched to 20mg Lexapro & after 6 days no signs of anything at all. What's my deal?

1 mo. 10mg Lex did nothing. 1 mo. Of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and only s/e. Switched to 20mg Lexapro & after 6 days no signs of anything at all. What's my deal?

Patience: Unfortunately it sometimes takes several trials to find the right antidepressant that helps you without causing side effects. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a very good antidepressant, but 6 days isn't enough time to judge whether the 20mg will work for you. Antidepressants have a cumulative effect that builds up over time. Give it 4-6 weeks before giving up on it. I know you'd love to feel better now, hopefully soon ...Read more

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What are side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg?

What are side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg?

Long list in 5%: Physical symptoms hypertension, dizziness, headache, agitation which can ease with time--but interaction with other drugs cause serotonin syndrome and there is other symptoms due to withdrawal---ask your doctor, need follow up. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150 mg?

Nausea and headache: There are of course many potential side effects of any medicine (hence the very thick handouts you get from drug stores). Generally the main adverse effects of venlafaxine (effexor) are short term increases in nausea, headache, and sometimes a transient increase in agitation or insomnia. These generally improve over just a few days. ...Read more

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How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Depends on dose &how long you've been on it, usually few weeks after gradualtapering ...Read more

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How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

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Effexoe: Depends on dose &how long you've been on it, usually few weeks after gradualtapering ...Read more

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When will the side effects kick in when taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

When will the side effects kick in when taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Early: Side effects with most antidepressants, including effexor, (venlafaxine) occur early (in the first few days after a dose increase) whereas the benefits often take weeks to show up. ...Read more

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What are some tips for reducing withdrawal from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 300mg?

Why are you stopping: Be sure you should be stopping it, then gradually wean from it if necessary. Exercise or distracting yourself is often helpful. ...Read more

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How likely is it for Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg to trigger mania and to what degree?

How likely is it for Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg to trigger mania and to what degree?

Controversial: The use of antidepressants (AD) in bipolar d/o is controversial. Some physicians will never use an AD in bipolar d/o and instead prefer mood stabilizers with AD properties (lithium). Other physicians do use AD in bipolar d/o. It really depends on the patient and how he/she has responded in the past. However if an AD is used, the patient generally should be on a mood stabilizer to prevent mania. ...Read more

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What to do if I have weird side effects from normal dose of 300mg Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Tell your dr.: You should report them to the prescribing physician. If you have experienced good efficacy and relief of your symptoms w/ the med, then you may need a gradual dose reduction of the effexor (venlafaxine). If they continue to be intolerable, then a change to a different antidepressant may be needed. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing weird side effects from normal dose of 300mg Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

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I've been experiencing weird side effects from normal dose of 300mg Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Gi upset, headache, tremors, elevation of blood pressure, all are dose-dependent. Please elaborate on what side effects you are having. Thanks. ...Read more

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Has anyone used Effexor (venlafaxine) XR not past 150 -only as an ssri with success in their practice?

Yes, of course: Plenty of patients respond at 75 mg or one hundred and 50 mg a day but on a rare occasion doses of 375 mg a day have been necessary. It is assumed that the doses above 300 mg a day it also becomes a Dopamine reuptake inhibitor so it becomes an snrdi. I can find no data to support your assertion that it functions as anssri below doses of 150 mg a day. In fact, that would seem to be unlikely because it's primary breakdown product also is an equally potent snr i.Best wishes. ...Read more

Effexor (Definition)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more


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