11 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine with a burden rating of Somewhat hard to take

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Jun 24, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 11, 2011 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Dec 19, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel much better since I have been taking Effexor. Before I started this treatment I thought I was losing my mind. My anxiety, panic attacks, and depression was out of control. This treatment has saved my life, and now although I am disabled due to depression, and fribomyalgia, I feel hopeful, and that's a great thing to feel.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Nov 21, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication controlls my major depression. Without it I felt like I was losing my mind. It does affect my weight, and causes me to be drowsy during the day time. I barely sleep at night 2-4 hours each night. So it would be good if I could go to sleep at bedtime and stay asleep. Instead of feeling sleepy during the day time. Now that I am not working the cost of this medication is becoming a burden, but I need it and will find a way to pay for it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Jul 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlafaxine made me extremely sleepy, at start of the treatment I was able only to sit the whole day on my couch. This effect diminished a bit after a week or two, especially when I started taking it at bedtime. The reason that brought me to stopping this treatment was complete lack of appetite, and weird feeling on stomach. I am underweight, I can't take pills that make me stop eating... :( Third side was increased anxiety, but this floated from day to day...
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, constipation

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 22, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Side effects: nausea

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 18, 2009 (Started Feb 22, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: slow speech (bradyarthria), slowed thinking

Aug 26, 2008 (Started Feb 22, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (slow speech (bradyarthria), slowed thinking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: slow speech (bradyarthria), slowed thinking

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 1, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the initial side effects subsides after a few weeks.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Mar 26, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heart palpitations, feel flat, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Side effects: feel flat, decreased appetite, heart palpitations

  • 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
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