What is Venlafaxine?

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Venlafaxine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 12991 1092
Depressed mood 5394 809
Post-traumatic stress disorder 4115 246
Generalized anxiety disorder 2617 572
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 834 166
Borderline personality disorder 609 55

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 340
Moderate 485
Mild 570
None 813

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 132
Dry mouth 89
Decreased sex drive (libido) 82
Nausea 79
Brain shocks 62
Drowsiness 49

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg daily 23
150 mg daily 19
37.5 mg daily 15
300 mg daily 11
225 mg daily 10
100 mg daily 5
75 mg twice daily 4
187.5 mg daily 3
22500 mg daily 3
112.5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 638
Side effects too severe 580
Doctor's advice 398
Other 250
Expense 92
Personal research 75
Course of treatment ended 65
Change in health plan coverage 44
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Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 252
1 - 6 months 264
6 months - 1 year 225
1 - 2 years 205
2 - 5 years 293
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 68
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1781
Usually 297
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 103
Somewhat hard to take 178
A little hard to take 352
Not at all hard to take 1575
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 15
$100-199 39
$50-99 69
$25-49 213
< $25 871
Not specified 1001

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 155
Sertraline (Zoloft) 135
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 114
Citalopram (Celexa) 112
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 86

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 145
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 92
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 72
Sertraline (Zoloft) 63
Citalopram (Celexa) 40

Show all 65 treatments patients report switching to

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117 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

Mar 1, 2021 (Started Jun 30, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 225 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 24, 2020 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Since my depression seems to be tied to SAD I double up on dosage from November-March.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 22, 2017 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 18, 2015 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 18, 2015 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2013 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be sure to taper carefully when/if you want to quit this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 3, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall) (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Slight sexual dysfunction. As long as I take it several hours before sexual activity it is no problem. A big benefit is the leveling out of emotions.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2018 (Started May 18, 2017)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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