119 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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May 10, 2008 (Started Feb 04, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 275 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effexor worked miracles for me for the first couple of years--or maybe just a year. Then it pooped out. It seems likely to me that when I combined Effexor with a heavy running regimen I frequently got a true "runner's high". When it stopped working, I went off it in a week. This was a BIG mistake. Effexor is THE MOST DIFFICULT antidepressant to get off of. Withdrawal symptoms can be very intense and include dizziness, shaking, uncontrollable laughing and/or crying, and etc. This lasted for several months.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 9, 2008 (Started Feb 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for phobic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (aggressive behavior, shakiness, sweating increased)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i found that taking this serotonin norepineporine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medication made me aggressive and shaky, and made me excessively sweat... it helped a little bit with my depression and anxiety, but it wasn't the right one for me... the different medications affect everyone differently, so keep trying them out to find the best one for you, and if you notice some side effects and unusual things, like aggression and all this, then let your doctor/psychiatrist know right away :)

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 10, 2006 (Started Jan 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: i feel adicted to it i dislike phama believe that natural treatment is the only real answer but quiting the effexxor is all but impossible if anyone can help me get off it would apreciate
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 19, 2006 (Started Jun 19, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Manage well though not always on a level i want to be, ie i can get very down sometimes.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2005 (Started Jun 27, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Like any other med, it works for some people really well while it doesn't do anything for others, or even has bad side effects. For me, there seemed to be no effects at all.
Cost: < $25 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

Jan 10, 2005 (Started May 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Despite gradually increasing dosages I still felt persistently suicidal. I ended up being taken off this medication when it was determined a more agressive treatment was needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 1, 2004 (Started Apr 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (depressed mood, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, suicidal thoughts or urges, agitation with restlessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: agitation with restlessness, suicidal thoughts or urges, weight gain, depressed mood, sexual dysfunction, depressed mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 6, 2001 (Started Feb 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When I realized that I was getting severely dizzy and was having shock-like sensations in my brain when I DID NOT remember to take it, I stopped it altogether. Then I had recurrence of my depression (but worse than ever), anxiety, feelings of being persecuted, argumentiveness, etc. Thereafter, taking any SSRI would relieve the shocks, but not my depression.

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