14 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine taken for the purpose of 'anxious mood'

91 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

Mar 25, 2016 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2011 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Aug 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Apr 11, 2011 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Dec 19, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel much better since I have been taking Effexor. Before I started this treatment I thought I was losing my mind. My anxiety, panic attacks, and depression was out of control. This treatment has saved my life, and now although I am disabled due to depression, and fribomyalgia, I feel hopeful, and that's a great thing to feel.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

Nov 21, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain, panic attacks, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication controlls my major depression. Without it I felt like I was losing my mind. It does affect my weight, and causes me to be drowsy during the day time. I barely sleep at night 2-4 hours each night. So it would be good if I could go to sleep at bedtime and stay asleep. Instead of feeling sleepy during the day time. Now that I am not working the cost of this medication is becoming a burden, but I need it and will find a way to pay for it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, panic attacks, depressed mood, depressed mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 14, 2011 (Started Mar 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 19, 2010 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication was slightly helpful when added to the Trileptal that I had already been taking for a few months. I am on the lowest possible dose now and could probably stop taking it (it's been 4 years) but I'm reluctant to do so because of the very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms I experience (severe parathesia which feel like electric shocks, eventually causing muscle cramps). I'm also a bit scared that my mood would go back to the way it was 4 years ago. It's almost certainly the Trileptal that's fixed my problems, but since the Effexor is relatively inexpensive I've adopted an 'If it aint broke, don't fix it' attitude towards the situation. If that changes in the future I'll update.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 2, 2010 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily

  • 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

Jul 21, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for loss of coordination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was first put on Effexor and now its Venlafaxine er (the generic form of effexor) for balance/ dizziness. I was told by a dr to drop effexor and take Bupropion (Generic fro wellbutrin) but 2 days I was falling over myself. so I am now on both and doing fine.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

May 21, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for loss of coordination)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Effexor XR in the morning after i eat something and if I dont take my morning meds I sure do know that night I am really off balance. and I do notice that if I am out in the public (In a crowd) that I get very close to have an anxity attact.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 24, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't go more than 24 hours past your dosage time or the symptoms can be severe
Cost: $25-49 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
Last updated:
Showing 10 of 14 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine