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Lisa Jones
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24/09/2020 9:46 am  

I am just starting a trial of Venlafaxine. My GP is suggesting I start at 37.5mg once a day, then after two weeks twice a day. Increasing to 75mg twice a day after a month. 
I’m interested to know how others have increased their doses over what period but also if they take it twice a day of just once. I would certainly prefer a once a day dose to prevent missed doses 🤪

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21/10/2020 8:52 am  

Hi Lisa.  Wow - would love to talk to you about this!  As a result of a lot of research on my part and eventually seeing a specialist in Chicago, my regular ENT specialist agreed that starting an antidepressant is worth a try (long story as to cause).  He would not write the script, but my PCP did based on the written report from Chicago.  I also started dosage of venlafaxine at 37.5mg once/day on May 27 this year, then to 75mg on June 14, and finally to 150mg on July 17th. So been taking for about 5 months.

My PCP insists that I take it in the morning as it could interfere with sleep.  What I have found is I generally sleep much better and longer since taking this med.  It has helped resolve major sleep issues!  I think it has also improved my mood - imagine that! 

I increased it the first time as my doctor recommended a slow ramp-up to the 75mg.  As I recall, it was doubled again because the effects seemed to be "wearing off".  She said this is common, so went to 150mg on June 14th and have stayed there. 

Has it helped my symptoms of imbalance, haziness/dizziness and tiredness?  Yes.  Has it eliminated them?  No.  I don't know your symptoms or the cause, but it definitely helped me.  It's just hard to tell if the benefits of venlafaxine are wearing off -again.  It seems things are slowly deteriorating.  I can't compare how I feel now to how if felt prior to starting it, but I now there was definitive improvement.