8 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine with a burden rating of Very hard to take

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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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Dec 31, 2010 (Started May 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for phobic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 17, 2010 (Started Jan 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The only reason this pill is a burden to take is because they don't work any more. It is way past time when I need to switch to a different anti-depressant. Hopefully this week after I talk to pschyciatrist (ms).

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 17, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It was oringinally prescribed for hot flashes, and it doesn't work at all for those and I having been gaining wt. every month, which I always had a problem gaining now I can't stop gaining weight.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 10, 2010 (Started Jan 02, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Caused uncontrollable tremors

  • 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

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.

  • 0 helpful marks
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