225mg Effexor xr

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Been on this dose for 16 days, and my anxiety is high, and i'm still very shaky for some of the day, is this normal, so you think it will work, and it's just increased side effects, i'm going mad here, been like this since August any help would be appreciated

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    Hi Pink,,

    It can take up to a month for antidepressant to kick in fully.

    It appears a large dose for you to start on  to me. If it is the controlled release tablet take at same time every day. Take it with water not hot liquids and at least a glass full not a sip to ensure the tablet travels to where it needs to, to start releasing the drug. 

    Not all medications suit everyone so return to your doctor and discuss with them. Ask for a referral to a psychiatrist if not happy with doctors response. You have the right to a second opinion. There are many alternative medication in this group so Efexor may not be the best choice for you. I found it to be a great antidepressant.

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      Hi Linda, i started on just 37.5mg last August after coming off them in June as i was feeling so well, my Gp has been increasing slowly, and now i am 16 days into 225mg, i am seeing a psyc, only seen her once, she put me on pregabalin, and i could not tolerate that so stopped, as i was on Effexor for 3 years with great results, i thought i would get better quicker as i was only off them for 2 months.....not so, but i dont want to change now, as it might just be ready to kick in and work 
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    Hi, personally I’d stick it out for another 2 weeks as your right should be kicking in soon.

    Check with pharmacists if you are on any other drugs that could be adding to anxiety.

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    Hi there

    Your story is about the same as mine. You can read it under 'help with Venlafaxine'.

    I had some really good responses under this post and lots of help and support. It really is worth reading some of it because you will find so many answers to your situation. I resisted going up to 225mg but it has taken just over 4 months on 150mg to stabilise. My trauma began last August, same time as you. I had previously been on 150mg for 3 years and felt so well that I weaned off them (far too quickly in hindsight) from January to March last year. But. Within a couple of months, I started to feel anxious again and deteriorated, so went back on the venlafaxine about August last year.

    I was reliably informed by Purpledobermann on my post mentioned above, that relapses like you and I have suffered, can take longer to recover from. As I said earlier, I would recommend you read some of the posts, especially from her, as she has been through this illness more than once and has a fantastic knowledge and understanding of what is happening due to her own experiences.

    Hope you find this helpful. We will get through this together. Take care. Xxx

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      Thank you June, nice to know i'm not the only one, and i will take the time to read some later, hope you are feeling better now x

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    Hi, Pink, yes I think it's an high dose to start with..you started on that dose 16 days ago ? Usually you start on a much lower dose. Important though to take at same time each day with water and some food. I wasn't told to take the XL in one dose so I took it in 2 per day like the Instant release i was used to.. Take care

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    How are you doing Pink Dove, I moved my dose up to 150XL on Monday. My anxiety is high this morning had to take a Klonopin. Started to see relieve at 112.5 but not consistently. Hope this kicks in soon
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