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    Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Don't laugh at my anxiety brain.

    For a while I was taking only 1 x75mg dose of Effexor XL. I was prescribed twice a day. I've been wondering why I've felt so ill and my doctor told me why. I quit them start of this week because I wasn't happy with how they made me feel.

    He said there's a reason why you're meant to take 2 per day. They are fast acting and the half life is short meaning if you miss a dose even up to a couple of hours you can experience horrible side effects. Which is what I was having with nausea, anxiety attacks etc. It's basically withdrawal. It explains why night times I was fine, but morning and afternoon would be full of anxiety and panic.

    We agreed to retry and he's gave me tablets rather than capsules so that I don't choke. At least the brain zaps are gone.

    I think there should be a bit more education on these meds.

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    Re: Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Effexor withdrawals are absolutely brutal. I was sweating like a pig and getting brain zaps and dizziness for weeks even on a taper. They rival even Paxil as far as bad withdrawals go.

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    Re: Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    Effexor withdrawals are absolutely brutal. I was sweating like a pig and getting brain zaps and dizziness for weeks even on a taper. They rival even Paxil as far as bad withdrawals go.
    Scary stuff. Is Paxil worse? And I agree. If I missed a night time dose the following day I would be so ill with a horrid all day migraine.

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    Re: Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Effexor XL needs to be taken as a split dose. XR can be taken in one go in the morning.

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    Re: Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Quote Originally Posted by lebonvin View Post
    Effexor XL needs to be taken as a split dose. XR can be taken in one go in the morning.
    Thanks Charlie I feel tonnes better now that I'm taking 2 a day. I can't believe I went through that for so long and didn't realize. I'm very irrational at times

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    Re: Something I didn't know about Effexor that's kinda important.

    Hang on, I thought XR and XL were the same thing?

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