119 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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Apr 16, 2009 (Started Jan 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: avoid getting on this treatment , even though it is efective somewhat in helping my depression ( and I have tried many type's of meds for over 20 years ) and at this time after changing from Lexapro to Effexor ( since Lexapro stopped helping ) Effexor seemed to be much more effective until I forgot once to take my daily dose for several days ....I started to experience the brain flops and did not know why ...well after doing some research I found out why! Now I " never leave home without it"

  • 1 helpful mark

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

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Sep 30, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effexor elevated my depressed moods, but also caused compulsive eating. I gained 50 pounds due to overeating. I stopped effexor, have lost 15 pounds so far, have NOT required areplacement for Effexor. My symptoms of depression are totally gone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Sep 30, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: works like a wonder drug for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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

Mar 21, 2017 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid nightmares)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was my 3rd try for a depression med. I have now been on in a majority of 18 years. It just works for me when I take it correctly. Don't suddenly stop, you must taper. It is really uncomfortable if you stop suddenly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 22, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 23, 2008 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2005 (Started Oct 02, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 9, 2008 (Started Jan 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (heart palpitations, suicidal thoughts or urges, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Side effects: heart palpitations, suicidal thoughts or urges, weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 12, 2008 (Started Aug 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, brain shocks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: tHIS IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE i TAKE SO MANY MEDS THAT WHICH CAUSES WHICH SYMPTOM, IS ANYONES GUESS
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, weight gain, brain shocks

  • 0 helpful marks
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