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 1,315 716
Depressed mood 1,235 634
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 725 430
Anxious mood 220 129
Fibromyalgia 210 114
Post-traumatic stress disorder 206 136

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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 273
Moderate 389
Mild 425
None 510

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 102
Dry mouth 70
Nausea 61
Brain zaps 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 49
Drowsiness 40

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 92
75 mg daily 77
300 mg daily 57
225 mg daily 51
37.5 mg daily 26
150 mg twice daily 13
100 mg daily 9
75 mg twice daily 9
25 mg daily 8
375 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 474
Side effects too severe 466
Doctor's advice 323
Other 198
Expense 82
Personal research 62
Course of treatment ended 49
Change in health plan coverage 38
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Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 39
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 90
10 years or more 93

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 180
1 - 6 months 229
6 months - 1 year 194
1 - 2 years 179
2 - 5 years 247
5 - 10 years 104
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1289
Usually 223
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 49
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 77
Somewhat hard to take 154
A little hard to take 273
Not at all hard to take 1093
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 35
$50-99 66
$25-49 184
< $25 650
Not specified 650

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 64
Sertraline (Zoloft) 57
Citalopram (Celexa) 45
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 45
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 24

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 28
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 21
Sertraline (Zoloft) 17
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 15

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching to

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115 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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jackconrad
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jackconrad
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
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
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
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