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 1846 1075
Depressed mood 1472 786
Generalized anxiety disorder 870 573
Post-traumatic stress disorder 358 239
Anxious mood 236 151
Fibromyalgia 223 125

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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 337
Moderate 472
Mild 554
None 788

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 128
Dry mouth 89
Nausea 81
Decreased sex drive (libido) 80
Brain shocks 62
Drowsiness 49

Show all 364 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mg daily 39
150 mg daily 35
225 mg daily 22
300 mg daily 21
37.5 mg daily 19
75 mg twice daily 7
100 mg daily 6
150 mg twice daily 6
375 mg daily 3
5625 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 595
Side effects too severe 555
Doctor's advice 386
Other 234
Expense 89
Personal research 74
Course of treatment ended 57
Change in health plan coverage 42
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Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 53

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 250
1 - 6 months 260
6 months - 1 year 227
1 - 2 years 207
2 - 5 years 287
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 63
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1744
Usually 290
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 73
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 103
Somewhat hard to take 176
A little hard to take 339
Not at all hard to take 1533
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 15
$100-199 40
$50-99 69
$25-49 210
< $25 891
Not specified 926

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 144
Sertraline (Zoloft) 129
Citalopram (Celexa) 94
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 93
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 69

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 77
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 55
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
Sertraline (Zoloft) 43
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 23

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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118 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

Feb 24, 2020 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Failing to take this on time, or quitting cold turkey has awful, physical side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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