I take 150mg Effexor XR each morning without food, and I never experienced an upset stomach, which I assumed was the reason it says to take with food. My anxious personality says the medicine isn’t working its full potential because I am taking it on an empty stomach. I would ask my doctor and I will to confirm but I don’t see him for a couple more weeks. I just wanted to hear what you guys had to say as well. Thank you!!
Is it absolutely necessary that I eat when I take Effexor XR?
Question posted by ow7en on 7 March 2018
Last updated on 7 March 2018
Hi, ow7en! Yes, it helps to prevent nausea but that doesn't sound like it's a problem for you. How long have you been taking the Effexor? It can take at least 4-6 weeks to feel improvement and 6-8 weeks to achieve therapeutic levels in your bloodstream. If you've been on it for awhile you may need a dosage adjustment ~ you're on a good maintenance dose but it can be prescribed up to a maximum of 225mg/day.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling your best very soon!
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