After the starter pack, my normal dose was 75mg. When it didn't seem like it was working as well, my dr doubled my dose (normal adult dose 150mg). I was about 125lb and 5'6 then and I tolerated it well. I really liked being on the meds actually, but coming off of them is a different story.
My husband was totally against all the medication I was taking and he didn't really think I needed them, until now since I've been off of them for a whole 2 weeks or so. Anyway, I did gain weight with the meds, but since I completed the tapering process, I have lost the weight. I'm back to what I was a few months before I went on them 5 years ago.
I tried to get off of them with too many withdrawals, so I stopped where I was at the time (12.5mg). Basically enough to sustain the withdrawals, 12.5mg isn't enough to help with depression but I couldn't stand the withdrawals, so I continued to take it. The withdrawals for many, including myself, were horrific. I was fortunate because I tapered so slowly that I only got the withdrawals for about a week. That week was horrible. Brain zaps (weird electrical feeling in the brain), tiredness/sleepiness, irritation/agitation, and dizziness were my main symptoms. There are a few ways I coped though (if your looking to get off of it, look at my previous questions in this forum to find info).
As far as alcohol goes, I've never been a big drinker, but I did drink a few times while on this drug. If your only drinking a couple of glasses of wine, i wouldn't worry about it. Anti-anxiety medications (xanax, valium, ativan, buspar) mix with alcohol to intensify the effects, so if your on these, I would limit myself to 1 at the absolute most.
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same here i have put on weight and is hard to get off i have calastol problem to never had them
and the think is that i still feel depressed some times and anaxity too
wat does this really for the only thing is i cant get of it i went down to 37.5 milligrams but still i cant get off i tried to buy the effer tablets to break in half but they seem to stop selling that in australia
so i have no idea how to get of this thing. i dont know if the efexor fixed me or i done it buy my self thinking that its working???
does any one know where to get 20 milligram tablets to break it down
I was on 150 mg of Effexor, I took 75 mg for 2 weeks, then I took 37.5 mg for 2 weeks. Side effects where bad, I had night sweats and a couple of bad panic attacks coming off the meds, went to the doc and he gave me .5 mg of clonopin and that helped alot.