Experiences with Venlafaxine

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Level of Satisfaction 54%

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Effectiveness 62%
Quantity of side effects 46%
Severity of side effects 41%
Ease of use 83%

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N06AX16
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N06AX16
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Generic Drug: Yes
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Venlafaxine

6/30/2018 | | 49moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for depression

I've been using Venlafaxine for almost 8 years , It has a lot of benefits, I feel good, and i have no side effects. .
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Venlafaxine

5/13/2018 | | 61moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (150mg) for anxiety disorder

Right now i'm trying to ween myself off from 300mg down to eventually 0mg but i'm stuck on 112mg. I'm going to have to get a bit stronger mentally to take the final steps.
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Venlafaxine

12/20/2017 | | 50moderated by Susan
Venlafaxine (150mg) for depression

I have always taken 75mg but after a month of taking 225mg i went up to 300mg and since two weeks ago i began slitting my wrists, i think this is a reaction to the high dosage. My doctor says that he never heard of this but i have read about it, does that make sense?
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Venlafaxine

12/6/2017 | | 24moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (150mg) for depression

I use Venlafaxine now for three years. i tried a lot of medications but this one works the best for me.I only need to make sure that I don't forget to take them, otherwise I get dizzy and emotional. I have a good experience with this med.
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Venlafaxine

10/9/2017 | | 39moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (150mg) for depression

It helps for the self-destructive tendencies, but stopping it brings the symptoms back.... but comparted to 75 mg Efexor (now on 75 mg venlafaxine) alprazolam, paroxetine (always used to work for me but once i'd stopped taking it and then started again I developed a toxicological response to it (a kind of psoriasis...not 100% though because it only happened after I started taking paroxetine aga...
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Venlafaxine

9/30/2017 | | 70moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (150mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

For me it seems like venlafaxine is a wonder drug. Tried to come off it once but unsuccessfully. I am a completely different person thanks to Venlafaxine. If I'd have had this fifty years ago I would have had a very different life.
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Venlafaxine

8/6/2017 | | 59moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (75mg) for emotional exhaustion / burnout

I sweat the whole time that i am sleeping. I usually have to leave with a towel to dry myself off. I get sweaty every time i had to do anything physical and the sweating is only getting worse.
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Venlafaxine

4/25/2017 | | 56moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (150mg) for depression

I use this in combination with quetiapine and the both help to give me a sense of calm over my warring emotions (guilt, feeling like I've failed, thinking that I have no feelings). Because I've been on holiday I haven't used venlafaxine for a week but I can't sleep without quetiapine. Venlafaxine simply gives me even more peace.
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Venlafaxine

1/25/2017 | | 31moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for dysthymia

The first week was a disaster. Heavy sweating at night, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth. After a few days these side effects disappeared. Now I feel it really takes the edge off my depression. I still have off days, but not as bad as they used to be. I haven’t gained any weight since the start. My libido was lower at the start, but it’s slowly coming back. I do tire more easily, but ...
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Venlafaxine

12/1/2016 | | 54moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (75mg) for postpartum depression (PPD)

Have used Venlafaxine for 18 years. I take 75 mg twice a day and have had no heavy depressions. Before I started using Venlafaxine I had 3 depressions, the first was Post Natal. I have to say Venlafaxine has saved my life.
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Venlafaxine

11/7/2016 | | 20moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for depression

I didn't like using venlafaxine, or rather to me it was a disaster. My former psychiatrist prescribed it and when it didn't work I wasn't allowed to stop. I had a lot of side effects. Fatigue, nausea, weight gain, not being able to think clearly, dizziness, loss of appetite (although its possible this was caused by the reason I had to take the medicine in the first place), headache, apathy. An...
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Venlafaxine

8/29/2016 | | 62moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (182.50) for anxiety disorder

Been taking this for 8 months now after 12 years on citalopram. Now and then a relapse if I'm really tired.
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Venlafaxine

8/8/2016 | | 24moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (75mg) for anxiety disorder

Given this for anxiety etc. When I started I had considerable side effects after which just lots of sweating and very happy no phobias any more and I feel good. A year on I think I am starting to get used to this medicine, the old issues are coming back. Wondering whether to increase or stop
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Venlafaxine

8/7/2016 | | 42moderated by Susan
Venlafaxine (37,5mg) for depression

Hi everyone. Just a week ago I started on 37.5 mg Venlafaxine for a depressive mood. The effect to now: I feel a bit odd in my head and sweaty. That's the worst up to now. I am really worried about putting on weight and losing my libido. Up to now I haven't had these problems. Next week I've got to go up to 75 mg... I'd be grateful to hear your experiences. Thx B
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Venlafaxine

7/14/2016 | | 62moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for depression

Side effects: dizzy, nauseous, giddy, headache, tendency to vomit, no appetite, reduced libido, more disturbed sleep, excessive yawning, dreams, reduced coordination/balance, weight gain, confusion, cloudy vision, bruising, coughing, mild rectal bleeding, discoloured scrotum, tight chest
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Venlafaxine

6/24/2016 | | 26moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (37,5mg) for depression

Tried all kinds of medicines for my depression. Started on 75 mg of venlafaxine but that didn't do much so I increased up to 150 but then I felt awful. went to the GP and I was advised to go back down to 75 and now I've been tapering off my dose for 2 weeks on 37.5 and now I've stopped. just got really bad problems with withdrawal symptoms, a feel really lightheaded, like I'm not quite with it ...
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Venlafaxine

5/21/2016 | | 63moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (2x75 + 1x37,5) for depression

In '92 I was admitted to hospital with severe depression, discharged after treatment then admitted to a therapeutic clinic and after that re-admitted to hospital with severe depression again. Since then I have been taking Venlafaxine and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I also take camcolit, lamotrigine and loramet
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Venlafaxine

5/21/2016 | | 53moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (150mg) for chronic depression

This really helped me for the first few years, but the longer I used it my depressive tendencies started to come back, so I had to always increase the dose until I was on 300 mg and still depressed. It was so bad that I struggled to get through each day and was having destructive thoughts. That's why I switched to another medicine which did help me and that I'm now quite happy taking.
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Venlafaxine

5/19/2016 | | 54moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (112,5mg) for depression

It was established that I had neglected depression and I am being treated by a psychiatrist. I started with 37.5 mg of venlafaxine once a day, which was increased after two weeks to the most recent dose of 112.5 mg. I really quickly noticed that I didn't get the sensation of being able to ejaculate during sex, it became more difficult to urinate and most recently I've really suffered with dizzi...
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Venlafaxine

5/10/2016 | | 29moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (225mg) for depression

I've been using venlafaxine for a number of years. Sometimes I ask myself if the medicine is working, my energy has plummeted downwards. I was advised to exercise but still no improvement. I have really good days but also days when I just lie in bed and I've noticed that when I climax I'm really tired afterwards and have no energy. I've not had a problem with this before, do many people have ex...
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Venlafaxine

4/27/2016 | | 46moderated by Charlotte
Venlafaxine (75mg) for migraine

Hello, yesterday my neurologist prescribed venlafaxine retard for me. I'm not depressed but I've serious migraines for years. I have tried so many different kinds of medicines to little avail (depakine, botulin injections, topamax,...). Has anyone else used venlafaxine for migraines? Thanks in advance!
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Venlafaxine

2/19/2016 | | 23moderated by Susan
Venlafaxine (150mg) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

it certainly make sure that you don't feel as much. both happy times and bad times just become "nothing" moments. Personally I've always been really kind and friendly and have never been mean to anybody. since I started taking venla this is not the case.
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Venlafaxine

2/3/2016 | | 45moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (37,5mg) for borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Of all the antidepressants venlafaxine suits me the best, used it for years, initially at a high dose, 225 mg, but that numbed all of my feelings/emotions, now reduced down to a dose of 37.5 mg for the past four years and that works brilliantly, been less depressed over the years and this seems to be my maintenance dose, if I stop taking it, my feelings and emotions come back to the fore and yo...
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Venlafaxine

2/2/2016 | | 45moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (225) for chronic depression

after starting with 20 mg of paroxetine 15 years ago I noticed after a while that it wasn't effective any more, after visiting psychiatrist I was prescribed venlafaxine, initially 150 mg and after a year 225 mg, this has worked well up to now, as far as I'm concerned, despite the known side-effects of antidepressants, I combine the venlafaxine with tranxene 10 mg 3x a day.
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Venlafaxine

1/6/2016 | | 62moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (150 mg) for depression

Venlafaxine has brought me back to normal. I was really low and still not completely better. Every day is a struggle with yourself to survive. But I am that much better than I can now find pleasure in the little things. I hope that things carry on like this. I have got a really bad side effect from this medicine though. I sweat a lot. I hope that this will pass though.
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Venlafaxine

12/9/2015 | | 58moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (75mg) for emotional exhaustion / burnout

Got stuck in my work. Went to psychiatrist via the GP. First check what medicines were suitable. I smoked. But I wanted to stop. Did it with effexor (150 mg). And mirtazepine (15 mg) before I went to sleep. I could handle things better then and felt more stable. I don't see the psychiatrist any more. He advised me to take this medicine for the rest of my life.
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Venlafaxine

12/1/2015 | | 64moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for depression

Had 37.5 to start off with but I was really dejected and hardly made it through the day. Now I am taking 2 x 75 a day and I feel a bit better, and like a new person. The worst things are the nasty taste in my mouth as well as it being dry. First off it was okay but then I was given a different brand and I am suffering more with a dry mouth and bad taste.
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Venlafaxine

11/30/2015 | | 59moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for neuralgia

The intention was that I would be a bit calmer on venlafaxine, but the exact opposite has happened. I could paper all the walls ...
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Venlafaxine

11/26/2015 | | 47moderated by Susan
Venlafaxine (150mg) for depression

I've been taking this medicine for 14 1/2 years or so and I don't want to stop even though I find the side effects (above all very little saliva) rather unpleasant.
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Venlafaxine

11/10/2015 | | 48moderated by Philip
Venlafaxine (75mg) for anxiety & panic disorder

Really happy. Side effect was a dry mouth. Over the past few years I have started sweating more, but I have no idea if this is actually to do with the onset of the menopause. I was really worried about the worsening of the symptoms when I switched from anafranil to this medicine but it wasn't that bad and was easily controlled with temporary calming tablets. I have stopped venlafaxine twice bec...
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Venlafaxine

10/21/2015 | | 47moderated by Henry
Venlafaxine (225mg) for chronic depression

I have been taking antidepressants since I was 25 (I'm now 47). SSRIs. The last couple of years it's been Venlafaxine. I get the impression that although the dose is now pretty high the depression hasn't got any less, in fact it has even got worse. Of course I don't just take these pills, I exercise regularly too and recently went (back) to a psychologist. Perhaps it's just that the medicine is...
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