What is Effexor?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Venlafaxine

Effexor® is a brand name for venlaflaxine, a Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant used to treat major depressive, generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 274 147
Major depressive disorder 237 131
Generalized anxiety disorder 110 67
Anxious mood 45 21
Fibromyalgia 41 30
Post-traumatic stress disorder 41 23

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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 55
Moderate 66
Mild 83
None 138

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Effexor

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 15
Decreased sex drive (libido) 11
Nausea 10
Sleepiness 9
Dry mouth 8
Decreased appetite 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Effexor

Dosage Patients
75 mg daily 18
150 mg daily 15
225 mg daily 8
300 mg daily 7
37.5 mg daily 4
150 mg twice daily 3
1 capsule(s) daily 2
25 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
3 tablet(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Effexor

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 107
Did not seem to work 98
Doctor's advice 73
Other 44
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 11
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 257 patients who've stopped taking Effexor

Duration

Currently taking Effexor

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Effexor

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 57
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 288
Usually 37
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 245
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 6
$25-49 36
< $25 130
Not specified 164

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Effexor after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 19
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 9
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 8

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Effexor and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 5
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 5
Sertraline (Zoloft) 5
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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24 patient evaluations for Effexor

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

Jul 26, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had to go down in dosage because it was affecting my sleep. It is also the reason I increased my trazadone (from 50 to 100mg).
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 4, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 37 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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