11 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine taken for the purpose of 'major depressive disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Slight

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Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily

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Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: can't remember details

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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

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Jul 16, 2014 (Started Sep 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for phobic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (metallic taste in mouth, weight gain, dry mouth, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have tried many antidepressants (all SSRI's) with little or no effect. This medication seems to be the best so far.
Side effects: metallic taste in mouth

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Jan 7, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anorexia nervosa)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dizziness, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks), night sweats, heart palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, brain shocks, feeling faint (presyncope))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be very careful of this drug. It worked for a while but stopping me falling into the deep lows, but having come off it I realised it has been like living through a fog the last 4 years. I have been sleepwalking and I am just waking up. I can feel a whole range of emotions, happiness even, that was hazed in gray before. The side effects of coming off them were horrible, but worth it to Feel again. I felt dizzy, drunk, I slurred and my depth perception was off. I lost balance and images seemed to flicker, I couldn't always tell if the ground was level, I forgot things easily, lost my train of thought, felt disconnected and at times euphoric but countered by the instability. Now I am calming down, I found my energy is up so much, insomnia came back but I don't care, I can stay awake more than 6 hours and I can do things without feeling so tired. I am more productive, more creative and just more Me now that I am off them. Only take anti depressants when you have no other safe choice. I was at that point, but I was so low I was bullied into by the doctors, I believe in learning to live with and recognise my symptoms so I can get help. I want to try natural remedies in future if I get into a Low again because just not feeling the acute despair was not worth giving up feeling everything else for.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain shocks, night sweats, feeling faint (presyncope), orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, heart palpitations, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks)

Jun 30, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anorexia (appetite loss))
  • Side effects
    Severe (dizziness, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks), night sweats, heart palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, brain shocks, feeling faint (presyncope))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: WARNING: There are SERIOUS withdrawal symptoms from missing a dose and discontinuing this drug. I seriously recommend talking to your GP about side effects and withdrawal symptoms before considering this treatment and to take into account your reliability for taking the drugs on time!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain shocks, night sweats, feeling faint (presyncope), orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, heart palpitations, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks)

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anorexia (appetite loss))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, temperature dysregulation, night sweats, heart palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, brain shocks, feeling faint (presyncope))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain shocks, night sweats, feeling faint (presyncope), orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, heart palpitations, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks)

Oct 13, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anorexia (appetite loss))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, temperature dysregulation, night sweats, heart palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, brain shocks, feeling faint (presyncope))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Forgetting to take my medication is the main problem as the withdrawal symptoms are severe, 'brain zaps' dizziness, lightheadedness, problems focusing, slurred speak, slight visual impairment, heart palpitations and confusion. When I am taking it regularly it does not improve my mood, but prevents me from falling into severe lows; I feel as though I am hit a safety net a neutral or slight low rather than spiralling into severe depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain shocks, night sweats, feeling faint (presyncope), orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, heart palpitations, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks)

Oct 11, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anorexia (appetite loss))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, temperature dysregulation, night sweats, heart palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, brain shocks, feeling faint (presyncope))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain shocks, night sweats, feeling faint (presyncope), orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, heart palpitations, temperature dysregulation, memory lapses (brain blinks)

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Sep 7, 2012 (Started Aug 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

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Jul 9, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have a pill box that is divided for AM and PM dosages. Two together made me sleepy, took 1 in AM, waited 6 hrs took other pill.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 15, 2011 (Started Oct 02, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

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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

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Dec 10, 2009 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (decreased appetite, decreased sex drive (libido), suicidal thoughts or urges, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was always tired and sluggish and it did not help the depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, suicidal thoughts or urges, decreased sex drive (libido), decreased appetite

Oct 21, 2009 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite, decreased sex drive (libido), suicidal thoughts or urges, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, suicidal thoughts or urges, decreased sex drive (libido), decreased appetite

Sep 22, 2009 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased appetite, decreased sex drive (libido), suicidal thoughts or urges, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started on 75 mg the up to 150 then up to 225 mg. All XR once daily. It did stop my panic and anxiety but I had no energy and felt sleepy most of the day until when I went to bed. Then I felt awake. So now down to 75 mg XR and 300mg of Wellbutrin XR that is much more effective fore me. I have more energy and don't feel drugged as on Effexor. But everyone reacts differently.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, suicidal thoughts or urges, decreased sex drive (libido), decreased appetite

Aug 27, 2009 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite, suicidal thoughts or urges, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is very hard to get off Effexor so I would try other AD treatments first.
Side effects: drowsiness, suicidal thoughts or urges, decreased sex drive (libido), decreased appetite

Aug 21, 2009 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effewir just didn't work for me. I felt sluggish and tired all the time.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, suicidal thoughts or urges, decreased sex drive (libido), decreased appetite

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