What is Venlafaxine?

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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 1,758 1,006
Depressed mood 1,437 762
Generalized anxiety disorder 852 552
Post-traumatic stress disorder 348 242
Anxious mood 226 132
Fibromyalgia 226 132

Show all 230 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 320
Moderate 459
Mild 516
None 730

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Venlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 126
Dry mouth 82
Decreased sex drive (libido) 74
Nausea 68
Brain zaps 56
Drowsiness 44

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Venlafaxine

Dosage Patients
75 mg daily 139
150 mg daily 111
225 mg daily 72
300 mg daily 58
37.5 mg daily 33
150 mg twice daily 15
100 mg daily 13
75 mg twice daily 12
25 mg daily 7
112.5 mg daily 6

See all 54 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Venlafaxine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 574
Side effects too severe 533
Doctor's advice 366
Other 221
Expense 87
Personal research 71
Course of treatment ended 56
Change in health plan coverage 42
See all 1347 patients who've stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration

Currently taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 61
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 134
10 years or more 121

Stopped taking Venlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 239
1 - 6 months 253
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 202
2 - 5 years 270
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1635
Usually 282
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 68
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 95
Somewhat hard to take 171
A little hard to take 323
Not at all hard to take 1436
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 39
$50-99 68
$25-49 201
< $25 835
Not specified 867

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Venlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 128
Sertraline (Zoloft) 120
Citalopram (Celexa) 81
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 80
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 61

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Venlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 66
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 49
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 40
Sertraline (Zoloft) 37
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 20

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

122 patient evaluations for Venlafaxine

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

Jun 22, 2017 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sexual dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (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 (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 (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 (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 (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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 23, 2017 (Started Aug 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication is absolute hell to come off, withdrawal effects include brain zaps, insomnia, headaches, nightmares, and light sensitivity. Start and stop this medication with caution.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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