I have been on 600 mg. for the past 14 yrs... anyone on such a dose or possibly even higher?
That's An incredible dose. The max is 375 a day. If that doesn't work an other is added or the med is changed altogether.
Hi, Dani, I've been on 300mg for years and my physisian won't take me any higher. I suppose if your doctor's aware of the dose you're on, it's working for you, and no lside effects, well and good. It's just like kaismama said, that's a whomping dose!
There isn't much evidence on the books for long-term harmful effects, but if you ever have to withdraw be sure to get a plan from your doctor ~ it could get nasty if you drop the dose too quickly.
Best wishes! WCV
I too have been on 600mg of Effexor. I haven't been on it for 14 years, but I have been on it for 5 years now. I was very ill and was in the Psych. Hospital and monitored by Psych. Clinic for 2 years but once my Psychiatrist slowly increased and increased my dosage I began to feel a lot better. Yes. I am on the highest dosage you can take, just like you. However I am functional and working again and can see things for what they are. My PTSD does pop up and I have lapsed twice in the 5 years I have been on the medication but overall I feel as normal as I possibly can with all the crap I have endured.
If your Psych. recommended the highest dose, it is for a reason. Also when I asked about long term I was advised that if it is working to keep taking it and only worry at the time if it stops working. It is only then that I will need to link back in with Psych. and have my medication re-assessed.
Good luck with everything!
Yes... I have been on 600mg daily for approximately 12 years. I tried 2 others before Effexor and very quickly increased to 600mg. My current specialist wanted at least 6 months of stability before even considering a decrease. It took years but finally I have started decreasing and so far so good.
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I just asked my doc to raise it, he was apprehensive, but he did the right thing, I was on 450 mgs , but now on 600 mgs and I feel much better.
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