51 patient evaluations for Effexor XR

edawgg
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edawgg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Mar 25, 2016 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2011 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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new_me
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new_me
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
50 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Jun 15, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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dmwhite113@gmail.com
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dmwhite113@gmail.com
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Little
function: None
external_stress: None
Stickman: little
Description:F59y
FM:7y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 15, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Emotional lability, Lack of motivation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Dec 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Sweaty hands, Night sweats)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

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

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Mar 1, 2013 (Started Jun 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Very difficult to withdraw from. Made me sexually promiscuous, a little known side effect.

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VioletRaven
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VioletRaven
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Eating Disorder

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Jan 7, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anorexia Nervosa)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • side effects
    Severe (Feeling faint (presyncope), Brain zaps, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Heart palpitations, Night sweats, Memory lapses (brain blinks), Temperature dysregulation, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be very careful of this drug. It worked for a while but stopping me falling into the deep lows, but having come off it I realised it has been like living through a fog the last 4 years. I have been sleepwalking and I am just waking up. I can feel a whole range of emotions, happiness even, that was hazed in gray before. The side effects of coming off them were horrible, but worth it to Feel again. I felt dizzy, drunk, I slurred and my depth perception was off. I lost balance and images seemed to flicker, I couldn't always tell if the ground was level, I forgot things easily, lost my train of thought, felt disconnected and at times euphoric but countered by the instability. Now I am calming down, I found my energy is up so much, insomnia came back but I don't care, I can stay awake more than 6 hours and I can do things without feeling so tired. I am more productive, more creative and just more Me now that I am off them. Only take anti depressants when you have no other safe choice. I was at that point, but I was so low I was bullied into by the doctors, I believe in learning to live with and recognise my symptoms so I can get help. I want to try natural remedies in future if I get into a Low again because just not feeling the acute despair was not worth giving up feeling everything else for.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Night sweats, Feeling faint (presyncope), Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Brain zaps, Dizziness, Heart palpitations, Temperature dysregulation, Memory lapses (brain blinks)

Jun 30, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anorexia (appetite loss))
  • side effects
    Severe (Feeling faint (presyncope), Brain zaps, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Heart palpitations, Night sweats, Memory lapses (brain blinks), Temperature dysregulation, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: WARNING: There are SERIOUS withdrawal symptoms from missing a dose and discontinuing this drug. I seriously recommend talking to your GP about side effects and withdrawal symptoms before considering this treatment and to take into account your reliability for taking the drugs on time!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Night sweats, Feeling faint (presyncope), Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Brain zaps, Dizziness, Heart palpitations, Temperature dysregulation, Memory lapses (brain blinks)

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anorexia (appetite loss))
  • side effects
    Moderate (Feeling faint (presyncope), Brain zaps, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Heart palpitations, Night sweats, Temperature dysregulation, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Night sweats, Feeling faint (presyncope), Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Brain zaps, Dizziness, Heart palpitations, Temperature dysregulation, Memory lapses (brain blinks)

Oct 13, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anorexia (appetite loss))
  • side effects
    Moderate (Feeling faint (presyncope), Brain zaps, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Heart palpitations, Night sweats, Temperature dysregulation, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Forgetting to take my medication is the main problem as the withdrawal symptoms are severe, 'brain zaps' dizziness, lightheadedness, problems focusing, slurred speak, slight visual impairment, heart palpitations and confusion. When I am taking it regularly it does not improve my mood, but prevents me from falling into severe lows; I feel as though I am hit a safety net a neutral or slight low rather than spiralling into severe depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Night sweats, Feeling faint (presyncope), Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Brain zaps, Dizziness, Heart palpitations, Temperature dysregulation, Memory lapses (brain blinks)

Oct 11, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anorexia (appetite loss))
  • side effects
    Moderate (Feeling faint (presyncope), Brain zaps, Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Heart palpitations, Night sweats, Temperature dysregulation, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Night sweats, Feeling faint (presyncope), Orthostatic Postural Hypotension, Brain zaps, Dizziness, Heart palpitations, Temperature dysregulation, Memory lapses (brain blinks)

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rodolptte24
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rodolptte24
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
38 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar II

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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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isilzha
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isilzha
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F42y
FM:12y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 22, 2012 (Started Jul 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can really tell if I take a dose late, my mood tanks quite badly, as well as the "electric Zotty" feeling I get. I take it when I first get up in the AM.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth

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milehighhelgie
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milehighhelgie
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F48y
FM:21y Dx
CFS:31y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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