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Re: difference between effexor and effexor XR? wendi

Posted by Cam W. on August 3, 2001, at 20:12:04

In reply to difference between effexor and effexor XR?, posted by wendi on July 28, 2001, at 13:33:29

Wendi - The main difference between Effexor and Effexor XR is the halflife of each agent. Effexor needs to be taken 3 times daily, while most people can get by with a once daily dosing of the XR (some people do need to take the XR twice daily). Failure to maintain adequate blood levels of Effexor (or the XR) can put one at risk for the withdrawl syndrome. In our clinic, the vast majority (if not all) of Effexor prescriptions are now written for the XR version. The regular Effexor requires more diligence in following an exact dosing schedule, which can be a pain in the ass, and may affect compliance.

I hope that this is of some help. - Cam




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