16 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine with a side effects rating of Severe

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Jan 15, 2018 (Started May 18, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

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Aug 18, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (occasional panic attacks (breathing))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 15, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

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Aug 15, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for agoraphobia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (elevated blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Monitor blood pressure, which may increase even after taking it for years. It generally made me calm. I forget to take it one day and I was very sleepy and groggy for a day. Going off of it was difficult: I had to do it very slowly, going down about 1 mg per day til I was completely off of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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May 23, 2012 (Started May 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (agitation with restlessness, increased insomnia, depression with anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped taking it after it worsened my anxiety issues.

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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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Mar 15, 2011 (Started Mar 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flu like symptoms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

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

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

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