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Re: New to effexor xp Nat A.

Posted by jay on September 27, 2001, at 16:33:08

In reply to New to effexor xp, posted by Nat A. on September 27, 2001, at 12:09:58

> Hi, I am starting effexor xr this morning. It is rather scarey to see how it works or doesn't work for different people. This is the first med that
> I have ever tried. I got it from my gp for anxiety
> and depression. I just feel so glad that i am not the only one with this.. it seems from what I am reading that it is not the "wonder drug" that I
> was hoping for. My gp also gave me some ativan to sleep
> at night.. from what I hear about that, it is horrible stuff and to stay away from it. She said to just take it at night durring the first two weeks as
> I start on the effexor xr. Anyone with any imput for
> me... I would be greatful. This is so scary and new to be taking something although I know I need something. I just want my life back and to
> be able to be "normal" in life. I am starting on 37.5 mg for the
> first week and then bump up to 75 for week two. Thanks!!

I have found this is such apowerful med, you need to *really* treat it with respect. So, a couple of points:

1)You may want to stick with the 37.5 mg dose for a few weeks, to *really* let your body get used to it. There are some who even find 75mgs too much, and there isno law saying you *have* to take 75mgs. Gauge your reaction, and go from there.

2)Take the dose at the *exact* same time each day. *Even* if you feel a bit tired by taking it always in the morning, or anxious whenyou take it at bed. IOW's, make sure you stick to the same schedule.

Being such a powerful med, I think it can both either do wonders, and also possibly cause nasty problems if used the wrong way, or at too much of a dose level.

I've used themed over a few years now, and that's my advice. :-)

Jay


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