Was on it once before and seemed to work sooner I am at 75mgxl for 26 days and nervous it won’t work again. Have to admit i’m In worse shape now.
Lynn, you have to give it time. Seems like you're showing some early signs of improvement!
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Venlafaxine (Effexor) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
"But these drugs do not work right away. It may take 1 to 3 weeks before you start to feel better and even longer before you feel the full benefit.
It's sort of a roller coaster for the first few weeks but try to be patient. You might also ask your prescribing doctor about a possible increase in dosage.
Best regards, Wildcat
Lynn: For some people, venlafaxine works faster than other SNRI/SSRIs in the treatment of anxiety. However, just because it doesn't work in the first couple of weeks does not mean it won't eventually work for you. I'm afraid you may have to give it a full 8 weeks before you have the answer. Too, It could be that you require more than 75 mg to get a satisfactory response - but again, you kind of need to wait out the 8 week period to make that determination. The nice thing about Effexor is that for some anxiety sufferers, its Norepinephrine reup inhibition can be an advantage - but this generally occurs only at the higher dosage levels (above 150 mg).
Sorry you are not getting a quicker response, but on the bright side you are half way thru the maximum trial period and it is possible that you will start getting more and more relief with every passing day.
Good luck and all the best. Take care for now.
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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