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 1,286 694
Depressed mood 1,210 619
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 714 418
Anxious mood 219 129
Fibromyalgia 211 116
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 189 130

Show all 222 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 264
Moderate 382
Mild 415
None 494

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 100
Dry mouth 70
Nausea 59
Brain zaps 56
Sex drive (libido) decreased 48
Drowsiness 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 84
75 mg daily 68
300 mg daily 50
225 mg daily 40
37.5 mg daily 27
150 mg twice daily 17
75 mg twice daily 13
25 mg daily 7
100 mg daily 6
375 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 467
Side effects too severe 459
Doctor's advice 317
Other 196
Expense 82
Personal research 60
Course of treatment ended 48
Change in health plan coverage 38
See all 1137 patients who’ve stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 172
1 - 6 months 226
6 months - 1 year 193
1 - 2 years 177
2 - 5 years 245
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1263
Usually 217
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 69
Somewhat hard to take 151
A little hard to take 270
Not at all hard to take 1065
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 34
$50-99 65
$25-49 183
< $25 634
Not specified 628

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 57
Sertraline (Zoloft) 53
Citalopram (Celexa) 43
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 42
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 24

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 27
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 17
Sertraline (Zoloft) 16
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 14

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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114 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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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

See Les1952's full Venlafaxine history

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
edawgg
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edawgg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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
pan43
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pan43
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
64 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Mar 17, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Male 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 Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Male 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 Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Male 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 (Male 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 (Male 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

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