There are quite a large number of alternative antidepressant drugs to choose from, Effexor is just one of them, and popular with some doctors. Effexor is a trade name for the AD drug Venlafaxine. Drowsiness is quite a common side-effect, as with some alternatives, and I would generally advise people to take the dose at night, as you suggest, when the drowsiness would be welcome and useful. I am not aware of any advantage to taking the dose in the morning.
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