When is the best time to take effexor xr? Morning noon or night?
Question posted by AMANDA1525 on 12 April 2010
Last updated on 25 October 2018
XR means extended release so it will work all day. Taking at night would serve no purpose unless you are a shift worker.
I was switched to venlafaxine 75mg slow release 4mths ago. I was talking them when I wake up around noon daily. I spent all day with nausea and lost weight quickly. I have now started taking them at night around midnight. Its been a week and there is only slight nausea but my appetite has increased although I am lethargic and dosey during the remainder of the day. I need at least 12hours sleep on this medication and wish I could go back onto sertraline again, but this caused bowel bleeds. I have been on higher doses of venlafaxine but developed serotonin syndrome on 175mg, and also anorexia - twice previously on venlafaxine. I am going to ask to try something else this week. I feel that this drug will not get any better for me. It does keep my moods more stable but my quality of life is greatly affected by the side effects. Namaste
Am re-starting Meds after years off. Initial dose 37.5 1 wk then 1 cap twice daily; so am starting w/evening meal. Would let you know how this works, but only ONE Post Allowed. [fyu was at 300+Mg when had to stop]
Amanda1525, I took Effexor xr in the morning for years as that was how it was prescribed. But, I always felt so tired out and sleepy. Finally, about six months ago I switched it to bedtime and I now I get a good night sleep which I was never got before, because I have insommia, without the feeling of being so dragged out & tired all day long. Talk to my Dr and she said it was ok I long as I took it. So what I'm saying is experiment & find out what works for you. Everyone is different.
when i took this medication i started oput taking it in the am but it really made me drowsy so in my opinion its better too take effexor a couple hours before bedtime.but everyone is different so what ever works best for you ..good luck
I took this for many years and tried both but the best was at night as it helps you relax, you get tired on the drug and arent supposed to operate heavy machinery until your body gets used to it so best at bedtime. Youll get a wondrful nite sleep and hopefully dont wake up dizzy from it.
I always took in the evening, 2-3 hours before bedtime, with food. I had trouble sleeping and this worked for me.hope this helps.
In the morning with food works best for me :)
those types of meds are best taking in the morning but if they have side effects that bother you take them at night.hope this helps
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