52 patient evaluations for Effexor XR

Shell698
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Shell698
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Dec 30, 2012)

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

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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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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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VioletRaven
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VioletRaven
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
26 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Eating Disorder

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Jan 7, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Anorexia Nervosa: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Slight
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anorexia (appetite loss): Slight
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anorexia (appetite loss): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anorexia (appetite loss): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Anorexia (appetite loss): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
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
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
36 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Eating Disorder

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Nov 15, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F40y
FM:10y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 22, 2012 (Started Jul 20, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Dysthymia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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 (xerostomia)

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milehighhelgie
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milehighhelgie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F46y
FM:19y Dx
CFS:29y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 15, 2012 (Started Jul 05, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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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suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Severe
Cognition: severe
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: b
I have:
MS

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May 18, 2012 (Started Jul 19, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

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prplpnk
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prplpnk
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: Little
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F42y
FM:18y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 13, 2012 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: Also got rid of my panic attacks.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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AutumnFairy
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AutumnFairy
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F43y
FM:7y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 1, 2012 (Started Aug 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is one of the best meds I've used to treat my depression. Unfortunately, it quit working after several years, as it has also done in the past.

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