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 1,776 1,019
Depressed mood 1,446 769
Generalized anxiety disorder 850 555
Post-traumatic stress disorder 353 243
Anxious mood 229 139
Fibromyalgia 226 127

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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
Severe 324
Moderate 459
Mild 518
None 744

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 125
Dry mouth 85
Decreased sex drive (libido) 74
Nausea 71
Brain shocks 59
Drowsiness 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
75 mg daily 110
150 mg daily 93
225 mg daily 62
300 mg daily 50
37.5 mg daily 34
100 mg daily 14
150 mg twice daily 10
375 mg daily 8
75 mg twice daily 7
75 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 577
Side effects too severe 536
Doctor's advice 372
Other 222
Expense 88
Personal research 71
Course of treatment ended 59
Change in health plan coverage 42
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Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 117
10 years or more 110

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 240
1 - 6 months 255
6 months - 1 year 223
1 - 2 years 204
2 - 5 years 271
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1653
Usually 282
Sometimes 42
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 173
A little hard to take 325
Not at all hard to take 1452
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 39
$50-99 68
$25-49 203
< $25 846
Not specified 874

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 129
Sertraline (Zoloft) 120
Citalopram (Celexa) 81
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 79
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 63

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Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 70
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 50
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 40
Sertraline (Zoloft) 37
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 20

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Last updated:

122 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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 depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 22500 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

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (difficulty with orgasm, erectile dysfunction, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty with orgasm, erectile dysfunction, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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