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 1,375 759
Depressed mood 1,267 658
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 746 447
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 227 152
Anxious mood 219 128
Fibromyalgia 215 117

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 278
Moderate 401
Mild 446
None 550

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 104
Dry mouth 73
Nausea 62
Brain zaps 58
Sex drive (libido) decreased 50
Drowsiness 41

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 108
75 mg daily 93
300 mg daily 62
225 mg daily 61
37.5 mg daily 31
150 mg twice daily 17
75 mg twice daily 14
100 mg daily 13
25 mg daily 9
75 mg three times daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 490
Side effects too severe 472
Doctor's advice 330
Other 201
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 3
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 128
5 - 10 years 112
10 years or more 111

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 190
1 - 6 months 231
6 months - 1 year 199
1 - 2 years 182
2 - 5 years 252
5 - 10 years 104
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1350
Usually 232
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 56
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 78
Somewhat hard to take 156
A little hard to take 282
Not at all hard to take 1159
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 37
$50-99 66
$25-49 188
< $25 694
Not specified 678

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 76
Sertraline (Zoloft) 63
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 50
Citalopram (Celexa) 49
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 30

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 37
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 32
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 15

Show all 39 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: 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
edawgg
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edawgg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
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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