17 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine taken for the purpose of 'generalized anxiety disorder'

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Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (erectile dysfunction, difficulty with orgasm, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (erectile dysfunction, difficulty with orgasm, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

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May 23, 2017 (Started Aug 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication is absolute hell to come off, withdrawal effects include brain zaps, insomnia, headaches, nightmares, and light sensitivity. Start and stop this medication with caution.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 21, 2017 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid nightmares)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was my 3rd try for a depression med. I have now been on in a majority of 18 years. It just works for me when I take it correctly. Don't suddenly stop, you must taper. It is really uncomfortable if you stop suddenly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 12, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor, nausea with missed dose)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 10, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor, nausea with missed dose)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 13, 2012 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Also got rid of my panic attacks.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 16, 2015 (Started Feb 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for phobic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia, vivid dreams, heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is a very effective medication, but you have to take the full dose, and you and your doctor may have to fiddle with the dosage until you get it right. So far, I haven't really suffered much by side effects. I have experienced some dizziness, but it's not clear that effexor is the cause.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: heart palpitations, insomnia, vivid dreams

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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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2013 (Started Dec 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (night sweats, sweaty hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 7, 2013 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid nightmares, sleepiness, somnolence, apathy, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 24.75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Effects both positive and adverse, both expected and unexpected, are pretty noticeable. Venlafaxine effects appear and fade much more rapidly than with SSRIs, and may change over time. By the time I stopped, I had been down to the lowest available dose of 25mg daily, which still seemed necessary for mood control, for a long time. It's been mostly helpful, and rarely burdensome except for the way it multiplies the effects of alcohol. Best unexpected benefit: mood control (less panicky/angry responses to cognitive dissonance). Intolerable imputed effect: Vividly unpleasant dreams, waking hyperventilating.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness, somnolence, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, apathy, tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, somnolence, apathy, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Adverse effects now virtually disappear for me at 25 mg daily. This could change: some effects like the pounding in the ears at night or postural hypotension had previously disappeared at 37.5 mg; alarmingly rapid heart rate appeared over time at the same dosage (possibly associated with the transient hypotension). I'm still getting the good effects for the neuropathy, and the drug seems to act synergetically with cannabis in this area. The hypotension effect is probably aggravated by alcohol.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness, somnolence, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, apathy, tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Nov 13, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, somnolence, apathy, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlaxafine seemed effective (within limits) for peripheral neuropathy and positive for relief of depression. Physical adverse effects at this dosage seemed minimal if any. Unresolved: Did this drug bliss me out too much, keeping me passive and lazy? And did it make me more suddenly irritable? I quit because of a pharmacy restriction (ironically based on the fact that I was taking "too little" of the drug), and will resume the trial once I talk to my primary provider in about 10 days.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness, somnolence, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, apathy, tachycardia (fast heart rate)

Oct 28, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, somnolence, apathy, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Venlafaxine by itself seems both to increase my alertness and to bliss me out a little too much; I get lethargic at 75 mg daily. Even at 37.5 mg, I've added (after a bit of research) my previous low dose of bupropion (25 mg) back into the mix as a counterbalancing "upper". Although intermittent, I'm seeing some direct effects on the depression: e.g., posture as well as mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), sleepiness, somnolence, orthostatic hypotension, sexual dysfunction, apathy, tachycardia (fast heart rate)

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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