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Re: Effexor XR Dosage Info Question

Posted by Shell on November 27, 2000, at 21:46:25

In reply to Effexor XR Dosage Info Question, posted by StaceyLacy on November 27, 2000, at 19:13:13

> In the literature for Effexor XR, it says in the patient dosage section "Effexor XR should be administered in a single dose." My psychiatrist told me to take half my dose in the morning and half at night.
> I am taking 225 mg of Effexor XR per day, one 75 mg capsule and one 37.5 mg capsule in the morning and repeat again at night. These capsules are time release.
> I am concerned about whether or not I am taking this medication correctly, and question whether my doctor has made a dosing mistake?

I wouldn't say your doctor has made a dosing mistake; my doctor also originally told me to take 150 mg of Effexor XR in the morning and another 150 mg at night. I think (it's been a while and I tend to forget) the intent is to minimize side effects, especially when increasing dosage since the patient's system isn't used to the full amount all at once. I took mine that way for a few days, but I now take all of mine in the morning, because I sleep better that way.

You may want to call her and mention the discrepancy between her instructions and the package insert's. My guess is that she probably has a reason for splitting the dosage, but it never hurts to check.





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