Do I need to increase my dose?

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Advice please!

I started venlafaxine three months ago 37.5mg twice per day and it worked wonders but then my anxiety started coming bk about a month ago so my doc increased my dose to 75mg twice per day but the past week ive been feeling dizzy in the afternoons. Do i need a dose increase?

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    You need to decide that with your doctor. There is scope to increase the dose - I take 3 x 75mg daily, and I know some people are on more than that. Are you on the sustained release xl formulation? That spreads the drug out throughout the day and night.
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      That's something you could raise with your doctor, whether you could have sustained release version which spreads it out more evenly, as well as whether you need a higher dose, or a different antidepressant. The dizziness could be anxiety, or it could be caused by the venlafaxine. It's your decision, what you think you need, in consultation with the doc.
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    I'd definitely recommend discussing this with your gp, as soon as possible. I also agree with pixie22 that having the sustained release may be and option. But again discuss this with your gp
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    Hi Emma, the higher your dose increases the worse your side effects will become! This is a powerful drug not to be underestimated!
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