58 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine taken for the purpose of 'depressed mood'

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Nov 15, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taking a 300mg dose of this medication and slowly tapered off of it over a course of six weeks. Everything was fine during the taper, it was just getting off that final dose (75mg) that was hard. I felt like I had the flu: shivering, nausea, loss of appetite.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 18, 2011 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

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

Nov 7, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This has been an excellent medication for me as long as I take it every day as prescribed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take this medication at the same time everyday and do not skip more than one day of taking it or else you will begin to feel horrible withdrawal symptoms. But I have Effexor XR to be extremely effective in treating my depression. I would caution anyone that considers taking this drug for a long period of time to be aware that it can be very difficult to get off of. You will need to titrate down your dose in very small increments under your doctor's supervision.

Dec 10, 2008 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: As best you can, take this medication at the same time every day. For a long time I was taking only 150mg a day and didn't feel any benefits from the medication. However, when my psychiatrist increased my dose to 300mg a day, I could detect a significant improvement in mood. This is a relatively high dose for this medication and it can cause an increase in blood pressure. Fortunately this has not been an issue for me but might be something for others to take into consideration. Also, I take the XR-capsules and I can tell a difference between the XR and non-XR.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Sep 7, 2012 (Started Aug 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

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Jun 15, 2012 (Started Jul 05, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sudden complete dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My Doctor and I felt the Effexor was no longer working as perscribed. He switched me too Zolft which I began taking after whinning me off of the Effexor. I have been on Zoloft since June - so far I am not seeing much positive effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 15, 2012 (Started Nov 28, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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May 18, 2012 (Started Jul 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

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Nov 15, 2011 (Started Oct 02, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

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Nov 8, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2011)

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

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Jun 24, 2011 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had increased fatigue with this drug. After telling my neurologist about it, he suggested changing to Cymbalta. I'll give that a try.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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May 18, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for reactive depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I did not like the fact that if I missed more than two days of this medication I went into a total tailspin. I would cry uncontrollably and feel very anxious. Take as directed.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Apr 11, 2011 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Dec 19, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel much better since I have been taking Effexor. Before I started this treatment I thought I was losing my mind. My anxiety, panic attacks, and depression was out of control. This treatment has saved my life, and now although I am disabled due to depression, and fribomyalgia, I feel hopeful, and that's a great thing to feel.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Nov 21, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication controlls my major depression. Without it I felt like I was losing my mind. It does affect my weight, and causes me to be drowsy during the day time. I barely sleep at night 2-4 hours each night. So it would be good if I could go to sleep at bedtime and stay asleep. Instead of feeling sleepy during the day time. Now that I am not working the cost of this medication is becoming a burden, but I need it and will find a way to pay for it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

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