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Effexor (venlafaxine)

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Effexor®

Generic Name: Venlafaxine VEN-la-fax-een

Drug Class: Antidepressants, miscellaneous

 

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Description
Effexor is used for treatment of depression. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine to help relieve, anxiety, tension or to help you sleep.

Effexor is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). Venlafaxine is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder.

Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to by your doctor. This medicine should be taken orally on a regular basis. It is best that that you take this medicine at bedtime unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The extended-release tablet and capsule should be swallowed whole. Do not chew, divide, or crush the extended-release tablet or capsule.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dizziness, drowsiness
    • agitation, confusion
    • Consult your doctor immediately if you experience prolonged and painful erections.
    • Expected side effects are increased appetite and weight gain.
    • drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness
    • dry mouth
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Do NOT stop taking this medicine abruptly.
    • This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Don't drive or perform other tasks that require concentration, until you know how this medicine affects you.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Before taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Taking this medicine together with diazepam (Valium) may impair movement ability. Avoid using this medicine with MAO inhibitors. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you if you are taking an MAO inhibitor.
    • Talk to your doctor if you are taking certain antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors.
    • Let your doctor know if you are taking any vitamin supplements or herbal products. St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking fluvoxamine due to the increased side effects of too much serotonin.
    • MAO inhibitors should not be taken while taking the following drugs:
      • dexfenfluramine
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • fluvoxamine (Luvox)
      • paroxetine (Paxil)
      • sertraline (Zoloft)
      • venlafaxine (Effexor
      • Effexor XR)
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking other antidepressants, medications for blood pressure, medications for diabetes, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, vitamins or herbs.
    • This medicine may increase the affects antihypertensive drugs, drugs with sedative effects, phenytoin (Dilantin) or fosphenytoin (Celebyx) and tramadol (Ultram).
    • Do not take MAO inhibitors type A with this medicine. If you are not sure if you are taking an MAO inhibitor, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Certain other antidepressants, clozapine (Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), lithium, trazadone, and others may increase the risk of seizures. BEFORE taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medicine, talk to your health care provider.
    • Patients taking MAO inhibitors should not be take this medicine.
    • Nafazodone can decrease the effects of clonidine, methyldopa, diuretics (water pills), warfarin and drugs used to lower blood sugar (hypoglycemics). This medicine can increase the toxic effects of; terfenadine, astemizole, fluoxetine (Prozac), triazolam, alprazolam (Xanax) and phenytoin (Dilantin). Do not take this medicine within 14 days of stopping MAO inhibitors. If you are not sure what an MAO inhibitor is, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you are currently taking any of these medicines, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if Nefazodone is right for you.
    • Possible drug interactions may occur with phenobarbital causing a decrease in the effect of the medications. Severe blood pressure problems and seizure can occur with taken with MAO inhibitors.
    • Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, before taking this medicine talk to your doctor about the benefits versus the risks to your pregnancy. In testing with animals, studies show delayed bone development. Use this medicine only if it clearly necessary. It is advised not to take this medicine while nursing. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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trixie459
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Registered: August 2008
Tue August 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: relieved anxiety and depression very well and quickly
CONS: insomnia or very vivid dreams/nightmares, excessive sweating

I was on 75 mg for about 5 weeks. I felt more energized, calmer and happier on Effexor than I had been in months on other meds (prozac, wellbutrin). Unfortunately, I couldn't handle the lack of sleep, which never subsided. So now I'm going to start on citalopram 20 mg. I really hope it has all the positives of Effexor without the negatives.

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igot_mad
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Registered: August 2008
Location: The Dirty South
Sat August 2, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: good for anxiety and depression
CONS: plateau effect, HORRIFIC side effects when a dosage is missed

I took effexor for close to a year. When I started taking it, I felt nauseous and had headaches, but it eventually wore off. It helped a great deal with my depression for a few months until it just hit a plateau and did practically nothing for me.In the beginning, my doctor told me I could get a little sick if I missed a dosage. Months later, I lost the bottle and had to skip. Before you consider this medication, look up 'effexor shocks.' I have never been in more agony in my entire life. Ever. Even after I took my dosage the next day, I felt a queasy and dizzy for a few days. Getting off of it wasn't quite as hard, but it certainly wasn't pleasant.Bottom line: it may work wonders, or the progress may just bottom out. Not everyone experiences effexor shocks, but don't try your luck.

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missery
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Registered: July 2008
Thu July 24, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: a, positive attitude,
CONS: i do sweat alot more

i have been on zolof,paxil that one made me crazy,but this is working for me right now

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emi24
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Registered: June 2008
Sun June 22, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: loss of appetite = weight loss (yay!)
CONS: elevated blood pressure, dizziness, spaciness

i know several people who have found a friend in effexor but for some reason it was more my enemy. it made me feel as though i was going in and out of consciousness, increased my vertigo, increased fatigue, heightened my anxiety, elevated blood pressure, etc. i must've had adverse effects or something. i did not feel like myself! i then hesitantly tried cymbalta afraid it would do the same thing but it has surprisingly worked for me. it helps with physical and emotional pain which, unfortunately, i am experiencing. not sure what the difference between the 2 drugs are as i know they are very similar (i did read the cymbalta is slightly easier to get off of than effexor). for some reason i had opposite reactions. CYMBALTA IS THE NEW EFFEXOR.

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eforest
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 2
Tue June 10, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Can't think of any
CONS: Caused profuse sweating

I took effexor when the lexapro stopped working. I don't think it added anything and only caused profuse sweating.

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orangecat
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Registered: December 2006
Posts: 8
Fri April 11, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: works fast; I had tried many antidepressants before settling with Effexor - also less side effects than the others
CONS: have tried to lessen dosage many times over 11 years, but have always gotten suicidal

It really got me out of a black hole 11 years or so ago and I have never relapsed back to that state although there have been trying times. It also makes me sweat, makes my blood pressure go up, and rather strangely, increased my bust size. I would really like to come off it to see how I would be but I always get suicidal and cry all the time when I reduce my dosage. Maybe that is a message to me I should not try anymore. I really don't know. I don't have dry mouth and it doesn't stop up my bladder. For me, the positives outweigh the negatives.

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Popangel16
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Registered: November 2007
Tue February 12, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Worked incredibly well on depression and anxiety
CONS: Weight gain

I began taking this medication when I was 16 years old. The medication kicked in automatically and I felt 100% better in one week. I gained 10 pounds unexpectedly a few months after starting treatment, but then my weight stayed at that point. Unfortunately, right before I turned 20 the medication stopped working. Up until then I had had no problems with it. Even though it only worked for a few years for me, it was a great treatment and I would highly recommend it.

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Chris7
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Registered: February 2008
Thu February 7, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: NONE...maybe loose weight before commiting suicide!!
CONS: caused multiple SEIZURES and MANIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS DRUG SHOULD BE OFF THE MARKET! IT IS VERY DANGEROUS! I TOOK IT FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE I TRUSTED MY DOCTOR BUT MY CONDITION KEPT GETTING WORSE! IT CAUSE MANY SEIZURES. THEY DIAGONSED ME FOR EPILEPSY AND PUT ME ON MORE MEDS WHICH ALSO MESSED WITH MY BRAIN. I'M NOW DOING HOMEOPATHY WHICH HAS SAVED MY LIFE!

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Ben23
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Registered: February 2008
Thu February 7, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None for anxiety/panic attacks
CONS: Severe insomnia, on-the-edge feeling, tinnitus, depression, dizziness

I have had severe panic attacks and generalized anxiety with mild depression and this was the firt drug I ever took to try and solve the problem (after some lorazepam). Did absolutely nothing for me, could not use for more than 3 consecutive days. Crying all the time, feeling spaced out, severe insomnia, increased depressive symptoms, dizziness ... I could go on, and on.This may be a good alternative to some, but other SSRIs have proven to be more effective (with less side effects) than Effexor. Paxil was the solution for me, although everyone is different. I have a good friend of mine who used it for moderate to severe depression and had great results, though.Do not hesitate to take the pills if it has been prescribed to you because of horror stories or comments like mine ! But make sure you do a close follow-up with your psychiatrist in the beggining. You will know soon enough if this drug is or isin't for you.

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12beat
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Registered: February 2008
Location: Seattle,WA
Fri February 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Great for major depression at higher dose titration
CONS: Terrible Discontinuation syndrome - Instant side effects when stopped

awesome for my depression and anxiety....worried if I can ever come off of it at 225mg a day, without whacking out.

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sarcasticme
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Registered: January 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1
Sun January 27, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $0.67| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: Worked for about two weeks, constipation, dry mouth

For me, minimal side effects compared to some other antidepressants. Pity it just worked for two weeks!

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OcdPam
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Registered: January 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 10
Tue January 22, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: good for anxiety and depression
CONS: not good for OCD and coming off is awful

The only real problem i've had from this med is trying to come off of them. Brain zaps were awful. I take this med again now and have decided it is time to STOP thinking I am better and to stay ON the medication.

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mcfatty
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Registered: January 2008
Mon January 7, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $2.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: clarity - alert
CONS: wears off - birth defects --

I personally take this drug i have managed to ween myself down to the lowest possible dose, my side effects are horrible increase anxiety and paranoid when trying to get off medication. Cant get past this I have tried 3xs each time has sent me to the hospital. I cant orgasim (was never a problem) i find now 2&1/2yrs later still on the drug and now my moods are cycling, no longer depressed or anxious now just aggressive. I do also take a mood stabalizer.

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mlpHolmes
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Land of Endless Possibilities
Posts: 1086
Tue December 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Depressions are not as deep, as long, or as many in a month
CONS: took ~ 6 wks. to begin working, no other side effects

I have been on Effexor XR almost 2 yrs. and this drug has literally saved my life. Now I have bouts of depression but with Hope, before Effexor my life WAS Depression.

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ChipsAhoy
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Minneapolis MN
Posts: 25
Sun December 9, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Low side effect profile
CONS: Low efficacy

I have been taking Effexor XR for 8 to 9 weeks now. I started at a dose of 75 mg and was increased to a dose of 150 mg after 4 weeks. My mood has not changed very much at all. I can't speak for everybody but so far this medication has done very little for me.

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Merveille
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Registered: December 2007
Sat December 8, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: within 6 weeks, alleviated anxiety, better sleep; seemed to taper off in times of stress
CONS: "flaming thoughts", hard to control impulses (spending, urgent sugar craving), weight gain, no libido

It worked for anxiety (i was on a low dose) - but the uncontrolled sugar/chocolate cravings were disturbing, as were the hard to control impulses (to spend, to not go to work, to eat)- the most difficutl and the reason I switched is that I had a lot of good (work) ideas or things to follow up that would appear in my brain and then disappear before I could write them down. It zapped what was an excellent detail memory. I have just been switched to Celexa; I would like to know more about how your GP makes the decision for one over the other...

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hangtough
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Registered: October 2007
Location: TX
Posts: 33
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: works fairly well with depression.
CONS: none so far

I find the medication works well with higher doses. I haven't had any bad reactions besides an ocassional headache.

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Barbarian
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: If you suffer from major depression -- such as feeling like whale shit on the bottom of the ocean -- then this medication will lift you from the abyss.
CONS: Rapid weight-gain; increased sex drive; UNBELIEVABLE EXTRANEOUS SWEATING; good luck escaping brain-zaps while sleeping.

If you suffer from the worst kind of depression known to man, then this medication is for you. Along with Remeron, Effexor is the only other medication known to lift those patients with the most severe depression -- such as feeling like whale shit on the bottom of the ocean -- from the abyss. This medication will most definitely lift you from the abyss. However...beware that this medication -- despite what ANY doctor tells you -- will cause rapid weight gain. And on top of that, you will sweat your balls off. You will smell very badly as a result. I swear that you will regret taking this medication by the sweating factor alone.Effexor will also increase your sex drive as well as your appetite. Worst of all, if you're bipolar, I would say this is the WORST drug to take for bipolar-depression, as this drug is notorious for throwing bipolar patients into dangerous mania, and often. You will be a ticking time-bomb. If anyone messes with you, then I feel sorry for them. If you've been taking shit from someone for too long, then this medication will allow you to stick up for yourself. If you want an excuse to tell your boss what a piece of crap he or she is, then by all means go with this medication.I would not recommend this medication for bipolar-depression. It is dangerous to you and others. It WILL throw you into mania which can turn into dangerous circumstances. I would much rather take Lamictal for bipolar-depression, as it doesn't throw you into mania like Effexor does. Moreover, Lamictal is weight-neutral and has very few, if any, side effects.

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timeforsleep
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Pac Northwest
Posts: 83
Tue November 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Taken in conjunction Neurontin will make you a numb zombie
CONS: Taken in conjunction Neurontin will make you a numb zombie

Side effeccts. Decrease in libido. Loss of appatite. Felt like someone was pricking the back of my brain and upper spine with a million needles. Not painful but unsettling.

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Nighthawk1979
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Registered: May 2007
Sun November 25, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Finally eleminated my depression when this as added to the wellbutrin I was already taking
CONS: Nasty headaches if you miss a dose

I had never completely had remission of my depression until this was added to the 450mg of Wellbutrin I already took. After all these years it's wonderful to fell like myself. Wish I'd found this sooner. From all I've read I'm not looking forward to stopping this med so I'm hoping it works a long time for me.

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scrapper
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Works for me
CONS: Fear of the day I ever have to stop them

After several different antidepressants including Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor XR gave me the opportunity to make positive choices such as exercising, getting outside, visiting folks, and those are the things that I needed to do to begin recovery. For me that is all i can ask of a pill.

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Anonymous
Fri November 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Good for the blues
CONS: Dose tolerance

Good med for whatever ails you. Takes a while to kick in, don't think its going to be easy to stop it, its brutal.I ran out of this for a couple days and thought I was losing my mind. Weird drug...it changes your brain.

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crownroyal
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Registered: November 2007
Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: it helps my anxiety and contorlos my add
CONS: prostate issues, especially during bowel movements, premature ejaculations

The drug has helped my add in a big way, I no longer need riddline. I still have issues with occasional anexiety. I take 225 dose a day, not sure if it is a high or low dosage. Emotions are near nil, may be why my long term relationship has ended. Went off the drug once and I discovered then that it was helping. Take the good with the bad, thats life in a nutshell.

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Gianna
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Registered: October 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 1
Thu October 25, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: did not improve depression, withdrawal was hell

dangerous drug with awful and sometimes dangerous withdrawal effects.

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pyewacket
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Registered: October 2007
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 13
Fri October 19, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: helped with mood control
CONS: left me emotionally flat as a pancake

took the max dose to get any effect, and then i ended up being a zombie, emotionally flat, monotone voice, stiff movements, so i switched to welbutrin

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koalakim
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Posts: 1
Fri October 19, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: It did control hot flushes...now they are worse????
CONS: withdrawal is woeful, weight gain of about 38kgs (84lbs)

Just bumped up to 300mg, dry mouth weight gain....omg.....sleeplessness... I just don't know that its working??????

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Thu October 4, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: No transition period if you've used other SSRI's
CONS: Boosting dosage in increments can be a pain.

Best stuff I've ever taken so far. Current dosage is 300mg.

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Diosa913
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Registered: October 2007
Posts: 3
Thu October 4, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helped a lot with depression
CONS: side effects: night sweats, weight gain

I had a pretty good experience with Effexor. Had depression and social anxiety-I think the depression was because of the anxiety. Definitely helped with my depression and somewhat with anxiety. I got up to 150 mg a day and didn't have any terrible side effects of missing a dose like others have said. Also had no problems weening off of it. I've been thinking about getting back on it at a lower dose as my depression seems to have returned. I did gain about 10 pounds while I was on it, but others have said they lost weight so I don't know about that part. The one thing I really did not like was that it gave me TERRIBLE night sweats. Almost on a regular basis I would wake up soaking wet. Not fun. I know it was related because I found forums where people described the same thing. Plus I haven't had a night sweat since I've been off of it. I guess some side effects are the price you pay to feel normal though.

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dolphinkiss28
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Registered: October 2007
Location: San Diego, Ca
Wed October 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: management of panic attacks & GAD
CONS: dizziness, sleepiness, hard to achieve orgasm, weight gain over 3 years, dry mouth

I would say that after being on this pill for a few years and gradually increasing the dosage, I have been able to control my panic attacks and Generalized anxiety, however I also go to a therapist and read self help books for panic disorder that help!

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BrazilMaster
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 4
Thu August 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: So far, best "one in all" med. that worked for Depression and Anxiety - Simple to use and very effective.
CONS: Slight decrease in sex drive, but nothing of the wall.

After trying several drugs such as paroxetine, prozac, and traditional anti-depressives, I finaly experienced positive results with this drug. Anxiety symptoms were also greatly relieved.The price is the only real "turn off".

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xp1155
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: minimal side effects
CONS: dry mouth

This drug didn't phase me one way or the other. They bumped it up pretty high and it didn't do a thing to me. The only thing I felt was dry mouth and it was tolerable. Even though it didn't help me, I would say it's pretty safe for most people to try.

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LadyLigeia
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Registered: August 2007
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: if you want to kill your sex drive and have physical reminders when your an hour passed dosage time
CONS: withdrawals, severe sexual side effects, based on theory

horrid. period.

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lhanson
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 7
Tue August 21, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Temporarily relieved depression
CONS: Severe internal shaking, racing thoughts, loss of reality, sleep issues

Caused internal shaking and sleep issues in the beginning, but they subsided after a month or so, and stayed that way for another month or so.. Then the shaking came back even stronger and racing thoughts and loss of reality also showed up. This can be an extremely scary drug. Use with caution. It is WAY overprescribed.

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lil_tomato_head
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Registered: February 2006
Location: canada
Posts: 8
Sun August 19, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $49.28| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: None at first...read below
CONS: Light headness, the withdraw if you miss a couple doses

At first i hated effoxer but after 7 years of doctors playing around with the dose i think its actually doing some good.

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Sun August 19, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: 300 mg daily is saving my life!
CONS: drozziness

The price is horrible. I have to obtain samples from the psychiatrist who is RXing for me. Monthly $295.

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debbie_tabor
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Registered: August 2007
Location: England
Posts: 229
Mon August 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helped my depression for a while
CONS: night sweats, muscle twitching

Effexor XR helped me for a while but then I got depressed while on it and switched meds. Unlike others I had few problems coming off it. My psychiatrist was confident I could come off it in 3 weeks and she was right. I did get some brain shocks but nothing too drastic. Now trying a higher dose (different psychiatrist!) and waiting to see what happens.

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devgurl00
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 1
Thu August 9, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helped with the depression quite a bit
CONS: if you are late with the dose, you get weird side effects

The side effects are weird. If you miss a dose or are even just late taking your pill, you get these weird electric brain pulses. That's how I describe them. Kinda like a strobe light is going off all the time and you feel like you black out for an instant and then you're in a different place than you were before. Weird. Incredible dizziness.

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Treading_Water
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Registered: August 2007
Fri August 3, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Numbed emotions -- if that is a plus for you
CONS: Numbed emotions, inertia, foggy head, sexual/prostate

I tried this for about 4-6 weeks about 6 years ago. Before long, I could stare at walls for entertainment. MAJOR zone out. No depression, but my God, no mind either. Then it did real weird stuff to my prostate -- could not orgasm, and had a very difficult time urinating. Then when I did finally urinate, in with the urine was seminal fluid -- yikes!!! Thanks anyway.

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Kerrie925
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Australia
Mon July 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: alleviated anxiety and helped with depression
CONS: none

This treatment has releived my anxiety and depression with no side effects, unlike many other medications I've tried. It has also been the only medication I've taken that has not made me feel incredibly tired.

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jimmyjetta
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Registered: May 2007
Sun May 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: sexual side effects

Antidepressant properties are solid. It works well.I generally only get one side effect from antidepressants: no matter which one it is, if it demonstrates even the smallest possibility of causing sexual side effects then I'm going to be the person who has problems with it.Catch 22.

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Iskandar
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Rome, Italy
Mon May 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: It really works – if you can bear the side effects...
CONS: Reduced sex drive / gastrointestinal disfunctions / nicotine 'addiction'...

First of all – Italy's welfare system provides Effexor for free (it's called Efexor here; Efexor RP instead of XR). Just to clear things up: as you might have guessed (or rather, read in my profile) I live in Italy. Woe is me! ;-) On with the review. As I've already stated in the 'pros and cons', Effexor DID work for me. I've used it for 4 months (starting with 75 mg. per day, then gradually stepping up to 225 mg.) due to a severe bout of clinical depression. I began to notice the positive effects of this 'miracle drug' after 10 days: depression and anxiety slowly started to seem pretty much irrelevant, and I was able to follow my psychiatrist's help. Don't fool yourselves: no pill can erase your suffering without proper counseling (as a side note, my OCD appears to be somewhat less annoying too, with Effexor; but that's another story). I've used Prozac and Zyprexa (coupled w/Xanax) in the past, but only Effexor seems to have done the trick: that is, allowing me to really get on with a psychiatric treatment. I've battled depression for half my life; it has been and still is a though struggle, but I have to believe in myself, in my ability to cope and respond to life's challenges as much as I can. We are not defined by the absence of pain, but by our own ability to cope with pain. To make sense of it. However: Effexor's side effects (erectile disfunctions, sparse and then really painful orgasms... well, these are the only side effects I DO care about!) have been really troublesome. So, I've decided to taper off slowly – after consulting with my 'shrink'. These 2 steps are crucial: don't EVER try taking and then getting off such a serious drug without consulting your doctor first. And, most importantly, don't try to pull a John Lennon-styled cold turkey with Effexor: the drug... will bite back. So far, I'm managing. It's been tough, but I've slowly reduced the dosage to 75 mg. per day. Here's hoping I'll be able to go even further without much (more) suffering! My main concern (the sex-related side effects) hasn't yet been completely resolved. I hope it just takes more time. Why all of a sudden did I choose to 'renounce' Effexor, you might ask. The answer is embarrassingly simple: a new love interest. A romance. Now, there's no antidepressant I know of which could match the power of love (it sounds lame, but... well, frak!, it's true). As fleeting and ephemeral as it might be... So, I had to try to get back my sex life. Understand that (due to my chronic depression) I didn't have a romantic interest for the last 3 and 1/2 years. As in: not even an occasional intercourse. Get my point? Anyway, to reiterate: getting off Exxefor isn't easy at all. The occurrence of withdrawal symptoms (relapse into negative/suicidal feelings, difficulty concentrating on tasks, nausea et al; the list varies with each case/person) is undeniable with Effexor. Nonetheless, it may be worth it. At least, that's my 2 cents. And if you've got enough patience (and well, yes... faith) Effexor can really help. Keep in mind I'm only describing my personal experiences. Effectiveness of the drug, side effects and withdrawal symptoms can be much different (rather, worse) in your case. Please encourage your doctor to talk about ALL this before getting the prescription/treatment. To wrap things up: other side effects I've experienced include an unusual craving for nicotine (I'm a smoker, but I've really stepped up consumption with Effexor) and alcohol (mainly beer; again, I must admit I could be considered borderline alcoholic, after all; anyway, that's just something you should really try to avoid... As you might have guessed, mixing SSRIs and alcohol isn't the smartest move you could make)... That's it. I really think this drug is a step in the right direction (as far as Western medicine is concerned), but nonetheless remember: be mindful, be careful. I may be yet a wreck of a person, but I'm trying... I'm really trying to get better. Effexor did a part in this. So, of course, don't give up... Ever. Blessings.

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Angst
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Kansas
Wed April 4, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Clarity, impulse control, quells anxiety
CONS: None

I've been on several SSRI's, and this SNRI is phenomenal for me.

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hder
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Registered: March 2007
Thu March 22, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $245.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: helps you to subdue your feelings
CONS: major side effects, suppresses feelings that should be dealt with(i had a problem with having a dont care attitude)

i would not recommend anyone taking this! i developed severe side effects after taking it for 3 years.......ranging from mood swings. weight gain, hot flashes to eczema that went away when i stopped the medication. it seemed to be helpful at first but when i was raped i realized all it did was suppress all my feelings so when i quit the medication all my feelings surfaced and i was actually able to come to terms with what i was truly feeling. the doctors just kept upping the doses which just made me more like a zombie. i developed insomnia and many other conditions. Also the withdrawals i experienced were HORRIBLE!!! I have never been 'addicted' to any medication and i will never take anything that makes me feel like this! I even tapered off the meds and still felt horrible! I think it should be pulled off the shelf!!

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loupopeye22
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 1
Tue March 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: hard to tell
CONS: increase dosage to improve depression

I don't feel any difference despite increased dosage of venlafaxine to 225mg but with combine quetiapine and it did feel different especially with mood and psychosis symptoms as well as lifted depression. So it is hard to tell if venlafaxine did wonder but definitely working with other meds such as quetiapine. Side effect with venlafaxine is suidical ideation which is at most risk.

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zapot7
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 28
Mon March 19, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Great for social anxiety - I went from shy to gregarious instantly
CONS: didn't help my depression much - brain shivers too

I took it for depression, and I'm still depressed. However I've always been shy and it's such a relief not to get anxious when speaking to people. In fact I love social interaction now. This has, in a roundabout way, helped my depression, I guess. I forgot to take it one day and had some nasty brain shivers. Not looking forward to going off it. Should add it makes me sweat quite a bit. I have gone off alcohol completely. I was never a big drinker, but now I'd much rather avoid drinking altogether. I think this is the Effexor's doing.

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story237
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 4
Fri March 16, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: works for depressed symptoms in 3-4 weeks
CONS: works too well, flipped me into mania bigtime.

I was taking Effexor 75mg and noticed heart palpitations and within 6 weeks, it had me into full on mania that resulted in impulse control problems big time.

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csmokery
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Southeastern, PA
Tue March 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Saved my arse
CONS: Expensive (XR retail is $1400/mo for 90 day Supply)

Effexor XR has really helped me enjoy life again. It is a great medication, but only for some people. SSRI/SNRI's are still a crapshoot. It takes time, and patience to find the drug, or combination of drugs that work best for each individual. Playing pill roulette is no fun, when you feel like hell, but it beats the alternatives in my opinion.

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Juliana
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 887
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: drowsiness, increased anxiety, inability to sleep, inability to keep legs still

I took Effexor for a couple of weeks. I was taking it for panic attacks and agoraphobia. It made me feel very drowsy, but I had trouble falling and staying asleep. I couldn't keep my feet and legs still. I was constantly fidgeting. I actually ripped a hole in the bottom sheet of my bed while sleeping because of the constant twitching of my feet. This drug increased my anxiety.

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WCSMPPHOTO
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 1
Mon February 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Less anxiety
CONS: Unstable moods, nightmares

It took me out of a place where everything hurt to do, including laundry or vacuuming. The side effects aren't always great but tolerable. However, it only partly worked for me.

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Thomi
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Maine
Posts: 36
Fri February 16, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Initially helped
CONS: didn't work after a few months & was difficult to taper off

Have friends who also had same difficulties. Did not help anxiety.

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