What is Venlafaxine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1,393 776
Depressed mood 1,273 665
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 752 454
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 235 159
Anxious mood 219 128
Fibromyalgia 216 117

Show all 223 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 281
Moderate 401
Mild 456
None 559

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 106
Dry mouth 73
Nausea 62
Brain zaps 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 50
Drowsiness 41

Show all 422 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 117
75 mg daily 89
225 mg daily 70
300 mg daily 57
37.5 mg daily 35
150 mg twice daily 18
75 mg twice daily 13
100 mg daily 12
25 mg daily 9
112.5 mg daily 7

See all 58 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 494
Side effects too severe 475
Doctor's advice 333
Other 203
Expense 83
Personal research 62
Course of treatment ended 50
Change in health plan coverage 38
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Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 61
2 - 5 years 131
5 - 10 years 119
10 years or more 114

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 193
1 - 6 months 232
6 months - 1 year 199
1 - 2 years 184
2 - 5 years 252
5 - 10 years 106
10 years or more 44
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1363
Usually 238
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 59
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 288
Not at all hard to take 1173
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 13
$100-199 37
$50-99 66
$25-49 188
< $25 703
Not specified 690

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 80
Sertraline (Zoloft) 67
Citalopram (Celexa) 51
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 50
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 30

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 33
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 26
Sertraline (Zoloft) 19
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 15

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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115 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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prplpnk
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prplpnk
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: Little
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F45y
FM:20y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See prplpnk's full Venlafaxine history

Feb 12, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea with missed dose, Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 10, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea with missed dose, Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor)
  • 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
jackconrad
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jackconrad
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Sep 15, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Mild Depression)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: nasty
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Les1952
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Les1952
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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