14 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine taken for the purpose of 'depressed mood' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Major

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Feb 22, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication works very well for me; if I miss a dose I will see the effects within 24 hours. I will become easily moved to tears and my thoughts become increasingly morose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking this medication has changed my life greatly. I went from wanting to literally kill myself to being able to smile and laugh with my family and friends again. I have smiled more since I have been on this medication than since I can really remember. The only bad part about the medication is some insurances do not cover it and it is very expensive. It can range from 50 dollars to well over 100. If you have any type of Medicaid you have to get a pre-authorization.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 15, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taking a 300mg dose of this medication and slowly tapered off of it over a course of six weeks. Everything was fine during the taper, it was just getting off that final dose (75mg) that was hard. I felt like I had the flu: shivering, nausea, loss of appetite.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 18, 2011 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This has been an excellent medication for me as long as I take it every day as prescribed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take this medication at the same time everyday and do not skip more than one day of taking it or else you will begin to feel horrible withdrawal symptoms. But I have Effexor XR to be extremely effective in treating my depression. I would caution anyone that considers taking this drug for a long period of time to be aware that it can be very difficult to get off of. You will need to titrate down your dose in very small increments under your doctor's supervision.

Dec 10, 2008 (Started Oct 10, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: As best you can, take this medication at the same time every day. For a long time I was taking only 150mg a day and didn't feel any benefits from the medication. However, when my psychiatrist increased my dose to 300mg a day, I could detect a significant improvement in mood. This is a relatively high dose for this medication and it can cause an increase in blood pressure. Fortunately this has not been an issue for me but might be something for others to take into consideration. Also, I take the XR-capsules and I can tell a difference between the XR and non-XR.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Jan 5, 2011 (Started Sep 30, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effexor elevated my depressed moods, but also caused compulsive eating. I gained 50 pounds due to overeating. I stopped effexor, have lost 15 pounds so far, have NOT required areplacement for Effexor. My symptoms of depression are totally gone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Sep 30, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: works like a wonder drug for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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Jul 31, 2009 (Started Nov 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain, elevated blood pressure, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: elevated blood pressure, drowsiness, weight gain

Apr 1, 2009 (Started Nov 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, elevated blood pressure, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medicine overall has been a wonderful treatment for my depression. Word of advice...do not run out!!! I ran out last week, and had uncontrollable crying, and even punched a wall...VERY out of character for me!!! Take them as directed, and it is an awesome treatment!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: elevated blood pressure, drowsiness, weight gain

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Jul 4, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, jittery feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Side effects: jittery feeling, dry mouth

Aug 22, 2008 (Started Jun 01, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (jittery feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Side effects: jittery feeling, dry mouth

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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

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Apr 21, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, sleepiness, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Has workked for me so far
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: nausea, decreased appetite, sleepiness, tiredness

Mar 28, 2009 (Started Mar 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Side effects: nausea, decreased appetite, sleepiness, tiredness

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Feb 12, 2009 (Started Oct 20, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I find it brilliant to treat my depression
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

Oct 22, 2008 (Started Oct 20, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Talk to your doctor about this treatment, and don't forget to tell them if your feeling better, so they can lower the dose if needed. Don't stop taking this drug yourself.
Side effects: weight gain

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