121 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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Nov 19, 2010 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication was slightly helpful when added to the Trileptal that I had already been taking for a few months. I am on the lowest possible dose now and could probably stop taking it (it's been 4 years) but I'm reluctant to do so because of the very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms I experience (severe parathesia which feel like electric shocks, eventually causing muscle cramps). I'm also a bit scared that my mood would go back to the way it was 4 years ago. It's almost certainly the Trileptal that's fixed my problems, but since the Effexor is relatively inexpensive I've adopted an 'If it aint broke, don't fix it' attitude towards the situation. If that changes in the future I'll update.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 2, 2010 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 15, 2010 (Started Mar 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for emotional lability)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 27, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 375 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This antidepressant also helps with anxiety.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 26, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for short term memory problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 19, 2010 (Started Sep 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for short term memory problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 1. took at night, no problems. 2. made me feel more awake and energized, helped me sleep more. did not however remove any symptoms just helped a little. 3. helped my thought process, slowed my rambling thoughts, helped me remember stuff and calmed my nerves.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 1, 2009 (Started Sep 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for short term memory problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The best thing ever for depression, confusion, memory loss! This is equally as important as Lyrica!

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Jul 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlafaxine made me extremely sleepy, at start of the treatment I was able only to sit the whole day on my couch. This effect diminished a bit after a week or two, especially when I started taking it at bedtime. The reason that brought me to stopping this treatment was complete lack of appetite, and weird feeling on stomach. I am underweight, I can't take pills that make me stop eating... :( Third side was increased anxiety, but this floated from day to day...
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 21, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for loss of coordination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was first put on Effexor and now its Venlafaxine er (the generic form of effexor) for balance/ dizziness. I was told by a dr to drop effexor and take Bupropion (Generic fro wellbutrin) but 2 days I was falling over myself. so I am now on both and doing fine.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: loss of sex drive (libido)

May 21, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for loss of coordination)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (loss of sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Effexor XR in the morning after i eat something and if I dont take my morning meds I sure do know that night I am really off balance. and I do notice that if I am out in the public (In a crowd) that I get very close to have an anxity attact.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: loss of sex drive (libido)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 10, 2010 (Started May 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For the love of all that is good and holy do bnot stop taking suddenly. The withdrawal is absolute mindrape.
Side effects: nausea, nausea

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 24, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't go more than 24 hours past your dosage time or the symptoms can be severe
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2010 (Started Jan 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Makes you shaky at first but that goes away and, once you get the right dosage, it really is a life-saver (literally!).

  • 0 helpful marks
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