What is Effexor XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Venlafaxine

Effexor® XR is a brand name for the extended release formulation of 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 607 283
Major depressive disorder 521 344
Generalized anxiety disorder 272 196
Anxious mood 133 83
Fibromyalgia 115 65
Post-traumatic stress disorder 63 39

Show all 137 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 100
Moderate 169
Mild 201
None 275

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Effexor XR

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 60
Dry mouth 27
Brain zaps 26
Nausea 25
Drowsiness 24
Agitation with restlessness 21

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Effexor XR

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 53
75 mg daily 43
300 mg daily 32
225 mg daily 18
37.5 mg daily 12
150 mg twice daily 4
450 mg daily 4
75 mg twice daily 3
300 mg twice daily 2
22,500 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Effexor XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 201
Side effects too severe 179
Doctor's advice 125
Other 86
Expense 42
Personal research 26
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 13
See all 481 patients who've stopped taking Effexor XR

Duration

Currently taking Effexor XR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Effexor XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 93
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 107
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 625
Usually 99
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 123
Not at all hard to take 536
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 23
$50-99 35
$25-49 100
< $25 297
Not specified 284

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Effexor XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 33
Citalopram (Celexa) 22
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Sertraline (Zoloft) 16
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 12

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Effexor XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 12
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 8
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 8
Sertraline (Zoloft) 8

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

54 patient evaluations for Effexor XR

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

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

Feb 12, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea with missed dose, Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 10, 2017 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea with missed dose, Nausea , if I forgot to take the effexor)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 13, 2012 (Started May 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Also got rid of my panic attacks.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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