Hi there Natalia,
37.5mg as far as I know is a starting dosage and it is something that can be stepped up if needs be. Please dont be scared about starting this course. I remember what it was like starting AD's for the first time. (Although I never took Effexor, I take Zoloft) It can seem scary but it is something that quickly settles down. You also have to bear in mind that AD's take around 4-6 weeks to reach full effectiveness so the process of building the meds up in your system is gradual and any problems should come to the surface before they turn into big problems.
Hopefully there will be other people here to share their experiences of effexor.
I noticed that you take prozac too. That was a weight gainer for me. I think that I have gained on effexor too.
Have a wonderful day
Hi Danielle and Welcome to HealingWell!
You can start your own topics for discussion as well by clicking on "NEW TOPIC" on the main depression page (At the top of the screen)
As for drinking and meds... im with Sheryl. Alcohol is a depressant, Effexor in an anti-depressant. Alcohol undoes all the good work that the Effexor does.
We would love to hear more from you and get to know you, as Karen has said.
All the best