3 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine with a adherence rating of Never taken as prescribed

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Mar 14, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-surgical pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, agitation with irritability, cognitive confusion, suicidal thoughts or urges, depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I am no longer taking Effexor due to overwhelming side effects for me. It did a great job dialing down the fibro pain, but made me too crazy to continue with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 13, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-surgical pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, agitation with irritability, cognitive confusion, suicidal thoughts or urges, depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Really works on FM pain, but beware the side effects...it left me very depressed, thinking about suicide, made it hard to think logically (or at all, for that matter); I would highly recommend trying it, because it really does knock out most of the FM pain, just watch the side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 7, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-surgical pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior, agitation with irritability, cognitive confusion, suicidal thoughts or urges, depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Currently in the process of stepping off Effexor and back onto Paxil; side effects were too severe; Only positive side effect was relaxed inhibitions during counseling sessions
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 14, 2010 (Started Apr 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sexual dysfunction, withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: withdrawal effects, sexual dysfunction

Feb 1, 2010 (Started Apr 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 112.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: lost libido, sensation - MS or Effexor? Don't know. Withdrawal is very hard. Pacing myself, taking it slowly.
Side effects: withdrawal effects, sexual dysfunction

Nov 18, 2008 (Started Apr 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 112.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: withdrawal is terrible for many. Try another drug first.
Side effects: withdrawal effects, sexual dysfunction

Sep 26, 2008 (Started Apr 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 112.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: getting on is easy. Getting off is hell
Side effects: withdrawal effects, sexual dysfunction

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2009 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depression/Anxiety/Mood Swings)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feeling hot/overheating, flushing, inability to sleep, facial flushing)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effexor worked great for my depression but I wasn't able to sleep because my mind was racing too much. When I stopped taking Cymbalta my leg pain acted up again so I got off the Effexor and started taking Cymbalta again.
Side effects: facial flushing, feeling hot/overheating, flushing, inability to sleep

Nov 20, 2009 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depression/Anxiety/Mood Swings)
  • Side effects
    Mild (feeling hot/overheating, flushing, facial flushing)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: So far it's working great. I have felt better in the past couple of days than I have in 5 years. I hope it continues to have this effect on me.
Side effects: facial flushing, feeling hot/overheating, flushing, inability to sleep

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