I have never suffered from anything like this before and this is my first time on meds. When will they start working to rid me of this anxiety? I asked a friend who is on the same dose and he said it was about 4 weeks for him. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
I was put on venlafaxine 75mg 20 days ago. I am desperate for them to work as my anxiety is so bad.
Question posted by Angiesuggs on 31 Oct 2021
Last updated on 4 November 2021
Hi Angie Back in 2002 I was put on venlafaxine XR for depression, anxiety. and stress . The doctor started me out on 37.5mg and increased to 75mg after two weeks. The medication leveled off about week 5 , and stayed on it for 3 years. Reason I stopped I returned to work owning my own small remodeling company and feel with doctor it was good to come off. This medication helped me thru some tough times . WildcatVet gives good advice . Do not dwell on the issues you have and like WildcatVet says read a book , go for a walk , do things to offset your troubles . I also did 5 weeks of counseling with a therapist in afternoon hours because of work. You will get thru this and give medication a chance sometimes it takes it little longer. Good Luck you will be okay.
Many people begin to feel subtle improvements in the first few weeks but it can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to feel the full benefits of this medication.
If you're still experiencing severe anxiety let your doctor know. Sometimes an ultra short course of a mild sedative will help get you through the worst of it until your metabolism stabilizes.
Try to stay positive and look for the improvement rather than dwelling on negatives. Distract your mind by doing enjoyable things... taking walks, reading a good book, watching a favorite movie... anything that you enjoy doing.
Don't worry so much as this is an excellent choice of medication and you really should begin feeling better very soon now.
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