108 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

equinya
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equinya
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
24 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Aug 5, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: DO NOT SKIP A DOSE.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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dmwhite113@gmail.com
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dmwhite113@gmail.com
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F57y
FM:5y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 15, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 1996)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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sierramama
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sierramama
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 65
Condition: Lyme 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Lyme

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May 2, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Chronic pain: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Peripheral Neuropathy: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped taking it in a.m. And now take at hs. Helps with peripheral neuropathy. Cut down on drowsiness in am.

Jan 12, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Chronic pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Peripheral Neuropathy: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

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fred5
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fred5
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
M
I have:
Agoraphobia

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Agoraphobia: Major
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Monitor blood pressure, which may increase even after taking it for years. It generally made me calm. I forget to take it one day and I was very sleepy and groggy for a day. Going off of it was difficult: I had to do it very slowly, going down about 1 mg per day til I was completely off of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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fawnlaker
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fawnlaker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
PLS

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: lack of emotion

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Shell698
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Shell698
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Dec 30, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Social Anxiety Disorder: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Slight
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

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pan43
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pan43
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
62 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Jul 8, 2013 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be sure to taper carefully when/if you want to quit this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 3, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Slight sexual dysfunction. As long as I take it several hours before sexual activity it is no problem. A big benefit is the leveling out of emotions.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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SoreMomma
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SoreMomma
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F36y
FM:5y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 23, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking this medication has changed my life greatly. I went from wanting to literally kill myself to being able to smile and laugh with my family and friends again. I have smiled more since I have been on this medication than since I can really remember. The only bad part about the medication is some insurances do not cover it and it is very expensive. It can range from 50 dollars to well over 100. If you have any type of Medicaid you have to get a pre-authorization.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Hestia58
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Hestia58
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Mar 1, 2013 (Started Jun 03, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Slight
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Very difficult to withdraw from. Made me sexually promiscuous, a little known side effect.

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QuietGuy
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QuietGuy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
64 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Dysthymia

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Feb 7, 2013 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Dysthymia: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 24.75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effects both positive and adverse, both expected and unexpected, are pretty noticeable. Venlafaxine effects appear and fade much more rapidly than with SSRIs, and may change over time. By the time I stopped, I had been down to the lowest available dose of 25mg daily, which still seemed necessary for mood control, for a long time. It's been mostly helpful, and rarely burdensome except for the way it multiplies the effects of alcohol. Best unexpected benefit: mood control (less panicky/angry responses to cognitive dissonance). Intolerable imputed effect: Vividly unpleasant dreams, waking hyperventilating.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Sleepiness, Somnolence, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Sexual dysfunction, Apathy, Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anxious mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Adverse effects now virtually disappear for me at 25 mg daily. This could change: some effects like the pounding in the ears at night or postural hypotension had previously disappeared at 37.5 mg; alarmingly rapid heart rate appeared over time at the same dosage (possibly associated with the transient hypotension). I'm still getting the good effects for the neuropathy, and the drug seems to act synergetically with cannabis in this area. The hypotension effect is probably aggravated by alcohol.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Sleepiness, Somnolence, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Sexual dysfunction, Apathy, Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Nov 13, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anxious mood: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlaxafine seemed effective (within limits) for peripheral neuropathy and positive for relief of depression. Physical adverse effects at this dosage seemed minimal if any. Unresolved: Did this drug bliss me out too much, keeping me passive and lazy? And did it make me more suddenly irritable? I quit because of a pharmacy restriction (ironically based on the fact that I was taking "too little" of the drug), and will resume the trial once I talk to my primary provider in about 10 days.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Sleepiness, Somnolence, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Sexual dysfunction, Apathy, Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Oct 28, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Anxious mood: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlafaxine by itself seems both to increase my alertness and to bliss me out a little too much; I get lethargic at 75 mg daily. Even at 37.5 mg, I've added (after a bit of research) my previous low dose of bupropion (25 mg) back into the mix as a counterbalancing "upper". Although intermittent, I'm seeing some direct effects on the depression: e.g., posture as well as mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), Sleepiness, Somnolence, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Sexual dysfunction, Apathy, Tachycardia (fast heart rate)

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