Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Got My Venlafaxine! (Sort of)

I need to make a correction to my last blog post. I DON'T take 325 mg of Venlafaxine. I take 225 mg.

Went to the pharmacy yesterday. The doctor had ok'd my refill of Venlafaxine. However, the pharmacy didn't have enough to fill my prescription. They gave me ten tablets and said I can pick of the remainder in two days. That's ok with me.

I did notice the instructions on the prescription bottle states to take one tablet in the morning and two tablets in the evening. I looked at the just emptied bottle and it had the same direction. I have been taking this medication for nearly ten years and my doctor's verbal instructions were for one a day, taken in the morning. I have been taking this prescription bottle out of my medicine cabinet everyone morning for nearly a year and I did not notice the additional two at night. I must call my doctor for clarification. We are not in an area where our telephones work so will call tomorrow when we go to town.

Two questions arise for me. One, if I had seen and accepted the additional two pills a day and took them would I have had a reaction? The second question is if I had taken the two additional pills, could I have felt much better starting a year ago? Guess I will wait until Wednesday to find out and will only take my usual one tablet in the morning.

This will be a good lesson to ALWAYS read the directions on my prescriptions, even if I've been taking the medication for years.

We are due to warm up and rain tonight. Right now it is still freezing outside. the transition could be nasty.


  1. let's hope the new dosage works!!!! Hope you feel better with it!

  2. Hi there Deb - I'm not familiar with Venlafaxine, is that a fibro med? Also, I love your website - I want to take my blogspot site to the next level, as you have done. Any advice for me? Thanks!

  3. Venlafaxine is the generic for Effexor XR. Those with FM patients make to much Substance P and not enough Serotonin. Effexor/Venlafaxine helps to counteract the amount of Substance P.

    I would enjoy reading your blog.


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  5. Hi there! Ijust found your blog by searching for this drug in combination with fibro treatment. My dr just prescribed this to me last night and I'm unsure of it. I'm in NO way depressed at all. In fact I'm an "unusually" happy person lol! I'm curious, does this really help? I'm a 29 year old thT has suffered from this pain for well over 15 years. Since I was a teenager. Was diagnosed with Lupus then 6months later they changed it to fibromialga. Whatever lol. My grandmother had lupus. Like I said I was just curious what you thought. I was on lortab for 7 years and now on tramadol and Tylenol 3 (which is crap lol) does this help more than the pain meds? Thank you!