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    Missing A Dose

    Hi everyone, I have been on Venlafaxine MR for 10 years. I was always ok on the 75mg until I had three personal family losses and a string of traumatic jobs in a row at work (paramedic. I love my job, but I'm still only human) and so last year I went up to 150mg. Since finishing therapy for PTSD, depression and anxiety, I have been unsuccessful in going back down to 75mg but that doesn't bother me. What's really bothering me is how quickly effects come on when I miss a dose. I try not to but sometimes I'll leave for a shift and forget them at home. I never noticed if I missed one 75mg dose, only if I missed a few in a row, but since going up I notice an upset stomach and nausea within 12 hours. Is it normal for these effects to happen this quickly? Even on the modified release version?

    I'm working on building up a supply in my locker at work so I don't miss doses any more. Thanks for any insight xxx

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    Re: Missing A Dose

    Quote Originally Posted by Saramarie25 View Post
    paramedic. I love my job, but I'm still only human
    to NMP,

    Thank you for what you do, especially these traumatic days.

    I never noticed if I missed one 75mg dose, only if I missed a few in a row, but since going up I notice an upset stomach and nausea within 12 hours. Is it normal for these effects to happen this quickly? Even on the modified release version?
    Yes, withdrawal symptoms can happen that quickly, even sooner for some. Venlafaxine's half-life is only 5 hours +/- 2 hours so there's often not much left in the 'tank' at the end of 24 hours. Even when taken regularly people report doing better when they take it as a split dose presumably because blood plasma levels are then more stable.

    I'm working on building up a supply in my locker at work so I don't miss doses any more. Thanks for any insight xxx
    Definitely a good idea.
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    Re: Missing A Dose

    Thank you panic_down_under. I was so surprised because when I was on the lower dose it didn't happen if I only missed one dose. Guess it makes sense as I'm on a higher dose now. I'm definitely going to try not to forget in the future. Thanks for putting my mind at rest.

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