Drug Ratings for EFFEXOR XR

Average Rating: 3.1 (2057 Ratings)

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 5  Post Partum Depression None. Happiness. Level Mood. Amazing! Took for Post Partum Depression and noticed I no longer had severe PMS, so I kept taking it. Love the lack of mood swings and I am always pretty happy. Less on edge. Calmer. Nicer, and I don't obsess on things. Really has given me a much more positive attitude. I'll never quit taking it unless someone makes me. Life is good on Effexor XR! F 41 11 years
37.5 1X D
2/5/2010

 3  major depression While taking this in conjunction with Wellbutrin (to counter fatigue caused by effexor XR) I felt much better: I don't think that I remember ever in my life having such a long time without having a conscious death wish, the lack of libido was worth the lack of suicidal thinking. However, due to job loss, I could no longer afford these meds. Withdrawal is very bad with the brain zaps and the constant feelings of being seriously ill. I spent all my free time in bed even though I was only just weaning off of the Effexor. I have begun to recover from the withdrawal symptoms now (about 2 weeks after effexor stopped). But, now the crying has begun. While on the effexor I was emotionally numb, which was, (I thought), great, after having experienced lifelong major depression. Now, however, since I've had to stop the meds, I have been suddenly hit with all the griefs (such as the death of my best friend) that I did not feel while on the meds. It feels like a tidal wave has knocked me down and I am now drowning in my own tears. Not surprisingly, I have returned to being the girl who wished she had never been born. F 56 6 days
150mg 1X D
2/7/2010

 5  GAD, Panic Attacks Withdrawal.... O-M-G So I've been on Effexor along with Klonopin for almost a year now and I have to say this compbination has helped a great deal. My anxiety is actually in "remission" now. I will say however that I had 2 days of hell when my company changed insurance programs and I couldn't get my script filled in time. Withdrawal is not good, repeat, not good. If you decide you don't like this drug, talk to your doctor and go off it slowly. F 34 1 years
75 mg 1X D
2/8/2010
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 3  ptsd/anxiety/depression It made me really really drowsy It worked to quell the anxiety but I couldn't handle the drowsiness. I would sleep for 14-18 hours a day. It worked miracles for two of my friends with no side-effects. I think it's just a matter of finding what works for you. F 29 3 months
37,5 1X D
2/10/2010

 1  I was depressed and anxiety My mother wanted to send me to rehab because i looked like i was on serious drugs. because i was having epic withdrawls ive been having withdrawls for a few months now not knowing that i was. i was on 37mg and then a a week or so they made it 70mg. and well i switched doctors and when my paper work was transfered it showed that i was on the 37 and not the 70 that ive been taking for a good 4 months. so they switched it to the 37 unaware and i was 17 i really didnt see how it was a problem i wasnt told about the side effects and how long it takes to even try to get off this drug. and honestly i had no idea what had been going on with my body and it scared me. like i now have insomnia have had it since around christmas and well i say up for days.i lost around 30 pounds cause i didnt eat and when i did i would puke it up. started having anxiety attacks to wear my body would shake so bad. and because i would be up i started to see things. and i couldnt controle my mood at all. what scared me the most is that my father is skitzofrenic. and i honestly thought i was losing my mind i couldnt remember things example i would text someone on my phone. they text back and i would have to look at what i said not even a minute after i sent it cause i couldnt remember what i put.like on top of all that bull shit i wasnt sleeping for days like i mean 4 to 5 days i lost my mind. it was horrible. and like i went go back to my doctor and told her what was going on and she said it was some other thing and gave me meds for that.just more meds.at that point i honestly didnt care anymore. F 18 5 months
75 2X D
2/11/2010

 5  Anxiety & Depression Mild constipation, difficulty maintaining an erection and delayed orgasm. Coping with these side effects is nothing compared to coping with severe depression. I've tried many other medications and this is the only one that has ever worked. The main issue I have is that over a period of several months, it loses its effectiveness. I often wonder whether these medications "pooping out" for about 30% of people is a clue to the underlying biological cause of depression. Ultimately, I'd like to find others that work so I can switch between them when one stops working. However, I'm yet to find another one that works. M 33 10 years
150mg 1X D
2/14/2010

 4  biploar depression wherever shall i start? The benefits outweigh the side effects however my boyfriend would not agree. I understand that 300mg is the top dose...that any higher is not clinically helpful. F 42 7 years
300mg 1X D
2/17/2010

 1  depression horrid withdrawls cant get off ! F 51 6 days
350 1X D
2/17/2010
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 1  PPD, Anexity Sexual side effects, loss of orgasam, dizzyness, extreme fatigue, after reading the message board I believe at least 10 pounds of weight gain since then! Second round of effexor after delivery. My emotions were out of control, it was a terriable withdrawl teh first time and I am going to withdrawal again. I am suffering from terriable joint and muscle pain at this point and I came across this board for some anwsers. Not all of the side effects are claimed by effexor and I need something to change. I have become desprate to feel better- F 31 18 months
30 mg 1X D
2/18/2010

 2  anxiety, panic attack I became overly anxious and noticed my BP going up. Read the package insert for effexor and noticed a direct drug interaction with the Topral XL prescribed for hypertension 56 3 days
17.5 1X D
2/24/2010

 4  Depression Delayed orgasm. Within days I felt like a different person. Sleeping better, thinking better, feeling better. I can think clearly and am actually productive at work now. Haven't gained weight, but haven't lost either and I'm motivated enough to be back on an exercise program. Not pleased with the affect on my libido but its worth it given the positive affects of this medication on my emotional and physical well-being. F 44 1 months
37.5mg 1X D
2/26/2010

 2  Depression/buliuma/ocd/anxiety Low sex drive/cloudy head/unable to lose weight. I have been completely off of Effexor for about 2 weeks now. It has been a nightmare. I would like to say to people that are thinking about taking this med. to really look at the side effects of withdrawal. for some it is different. but it has been a nightmare for me. this drug didnt really work that well for me to come off this hard. it feels like someone else is in your body. feels like you have the flu x 100 constantly for 2 weeks now I cant work, cant go to school, can't function. I have tried to take vitamins. omega 3 6 and 9..nothing is working to make me feel better you honestly feel like a walking zombie. My hair has been falling out, my under eyes are so black from being so weak. my body feels like jello. I will never ever recommend this drug to anyone..let alone take effexor again. knowing what i know now..i would have never ever put this into my body. F 25 6 years
300 mg 1X D
2/26/2010

 4  depression/anxiety at first, within the first hour of taking it, I would feel like I was on speed. My mind would race from thought to thought. Now after five years, it is memory problems, concentration problems, foggy brained, bleary vision, emotionally numb Considering I would not sleep at all before I started taking Effexor XR, I am doing well. I sleep well every night, lots of energy, and can handle any kind of stress. I will have to take this for the rest of my life, but so be it F 57 5 years
112mg 1X D
2/27/2010
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 1  panic attacks scary!!!! NEVER TAKE THIS CRAP AGAIN!!! I FEEL CONFUSED, CLOUDY, DIZZY. I'M NEVER GOING TO TAKE THIS AGAIN! M 33 1 days
37.5 1X D
2/28/2010

 3  depression and anxiety Some nausea first night, less the second. Trouble sleeping the first night. Better the second. Diarehea. Breakthrough bleeding - very small. It's only been 2 days, so we'll see. I feel good, but probably placebo effect. Side effects haven't been too bad, compatred to others - prozac, wellbutrin, zoloft. F 39 2 days
75mg 1X D
3/3/2010

 3  Depression - Weight gain. (No matter how much I worked out, I was never able to get ripped. Like all SSRI's, Effexor causes water retention). - Chronic Fatigue (Tired all the time. Even after sleeping 10 hrs. As soon as I got off Effexor, the fatigue is gone). - Sweating (You will sweat and feel hot all the time. Again, as soon as I stopped taking the effexor the sweating disappears). Effexor was a Godsend in my life when I needed it most. It lifted me from hell and brought me back my old happy self. A couple of things about this medicine: DO NOT DRINK when you use Effexor. It will lower the effectiveness of the medicine PERMANENTLY and you will be left wondering why the meds are no longer working as good as they used to. - Getting off Effexor is some of the worst hell imaginable. I wish no one to experience the mental and physical anguish that I went through getting off Effexor. M 27 7 years
150 1X D
3/4/2010

 4  panic attacks/anxiety terrible headaches and nausea when missing a dose. otherwise, no more panic attacks and reduced anxiety. mild insomnia rarely. i had my first panic attack at 11 years old, two years after my father passed away. i was first prescribed paxil, and had an allergic reaction, then i was put on welbutron, and it did nothing for me. i was then put on Effexor 37.5mg once a day and it worked wonders for me. When i turned 13, was uped to 75 mg once a day. I did not have a single panic attack, and rarely felt anxious for two more years (4 years anxiety free). although when missing a dose i had terrible headaches, almost migraines, and got very sick to my stomach, when i took it right i had no problems. the older i got the less i took it. No specific reason, just a forgetful teenager i guess, but in about three months or so i had gotten myself off of it on my own and was still anxiety free without it. during finals week of my junior year (i was 17) i had a week long panic attack. Full blown panic attack, shaking, numbness, constantly crying, fainting. although it came in waves it never fully went away. i went back to the doctor and was prescribed it again at 37.5mg once a day. i dont know if my body had changed or what but every time i took it, although a little less anxious, i had terrible headaches and was very sick to my stomach. it was like i had the withdrawal effects only when i took it as prescribed. i didnt even finish the first bottle. F 19 2 years
37.5 1X D
3/9/2010

 4  Anxiety Loss of Libido & contraindicates with Amphetamine A typical "SNRI" taken to relieve overall anxiety i.e. reduces fear of future situations, panic, don't take things so serious & wit; you find your past failures & insults funny. Helps maintain normality & calm & helps relieve mania. It also gives you a greater sense of insight. This medicine took a year for me to fully work it's magic after being convinced time & time again that this is good medicine. *Variable dosages from 150 <> 375 mg M 25 4 years
225* 1X D
3/10/2010

 5  Social Phobia Delayed ejaculation M 18 2 months
75 1X D
3/12/2010

 4  depression/anxiety weight gain in the past I am back on Effexor after a month of trying Pristiq. For some reason, the Effexor works better for me. I don't think it has fully kicked in yet, but I feel better. It is true that this stuff helps you take things more lightly. I might try a combo of it with Wellbutrin, for the sake of motivation F 44 7 days
75-150mg 1X D
3/14/2010

 3  Depression and Anxiety Excessive sleepiness (10 hour or more of sleep), when awake I felt like I was on speed: heart racing, jittery. Not much of an appetite at all, kind of force myself to eat something each day. Sex drive is low as well. I've been on this drug in the past (5 years ago) and it worked wonders then, almost to the point of feeling manic, though. I stopped taking it then b/c it raised my blood pressure to much. I am now trying it again hoping the side effects that I experienced then (and now) will taper off. I do recommend being cautious and educated on this drug before taking it and always wean off of it gradually. Luckily my side effects are no where near as bad as other peoples, but its the withdrawal I am worried about even if the manufacturer says there are no "withdrawal symptoms." I personally call bullshit. F 30 8 days
75mg 1X D
3/15/2010
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 1  Severe anxiety Sweating, insomnia, nausea, space feeling, feeling very depressive, horrible boost of anxiety, feeling going crazy, hyperactivity. It's the worst thing, no doubt about this. Pure poison. I thought I would really disconnect from reality. I got dreams (the few hours I was able to sleep) that were like over the reality. It's like to be trapped in a dream and you can't do anything to escape. The only thing similar to this, was when I got a high fever during a night. I don't care if this drug can help some people. So many are saying that it's poison, and they are right. People with good experiences are surely a minority. This was the most scary experience of all my life. I ended at ER begging for a way to stop this crazyness. Before to try it I thought it should be used at last resort. I got confident and tried it anyway. But I was right...it was a bad idea. Before I tried paxil, zoloft, wellbutrin, celexa, seroquel, zyprexa, and no one was near the hell of effexor. I got night panics on celexa and it was nothing compared to effexor. Whatever your doctor is good or not, stay away from effexor except if you tried everything. M 28 2 days
37.5 1X D
3/16/2010
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 4  Depression, Anxiety Vivid dreams, lack of any sex drive, constipation, farting, some sleepiness. If I take a weekend off, I can have sex/orgasms. When I have gone off the medication, the depression and anxiety is so awful. I will deal with the side effects any day for how Effexor has changed my life for the better. F 39 9 years
75 mg 1X D
3/17/2010
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 4  Depression I gained 15 pounds on this which was OK for me as I've always been slim and it was better to be a little plump and happier. However recently it seems to have stopped working for me so I will probably try something new. I found effexor xr combined with celexa to be a good cocktail of meds for my depression. No sexual side effects which was very nice after prozac and paxil completely took all libido away. F 48 6 years
75mg 1X D
3/17/2010

 4  Depression Vivid dreams, shallow moods (like I literally could not feel true sadness, guilt, anger). Every day had a little bit more sunshine. Effexor worked great for my depression. My only complaint was that I could no longer write deep poetry because I was so happy all the time. The vivid dreams I had were absolutely incredible. The only problems I had were when I forgot to take it. If I missed a pill, I would get panic attacks, be short of breath, couldn't focus or function at all, and have cold sweats. This would all go away upon taking the next pill. I went off Effexor because I didn't want to get hooked and take it for the rest of my life (my dad has taken it for years.) I went off of it on my own, without a psychiatrist, by dividing the capsules and weening myself off. (Note: I did go through a severe panic attack when I tried going cold turkey-- dumb idea to begin with.) It was a great drug when I needed it, just be careful. F 19 2 years
150 mg 1X D
3/24/2010

 3  Postpartum Depression/ Anxiety Weight gain-90 lbs! Decreased sex drive, difficult to reach orgasm. Night sweats. This drug helped me so much. However, now I am trying to get off. Before this I took Paxil, again with the weght gain. Celexa made me vomit immediately. SSRS effect people in different ways. I was hospitalized under suicide watch when my baby was 2 months old. Effexor did help me through it. I did feel good, after the dry mouth, nausea etc. stopped, it worked great. But now the excessive weight gain has me depressed! I have no interest in sex. It has been 14 days since I took a pill, and sometimes it is literally minute by minute to get through. My mood swings are terrible! I feel overwhelmed, like before. The headaches are horrible! It is so tempting to go back on, but I want to be slim again. I used to be so small. My pharmacist addmitted that weight gain is a side effect, while my Dr denied it. My dietition told me my diet is fine, it's probably the effexor. 7 years is a long time to be dependent on a drug. I hope I can do this. From what I have been reading here, I am not alone. F 36 7 years
75 1X D
3/30/2010

 1  depressions\ I you miss even just one dose of this medication.....I experienced terrible nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, horrific headaches and 'brain zaps'. DO NOT EVER start on this drug. If you are already on it, talk to your doctor about weaning the dose. Wean very slowly as these side effecs can, at times, be crippling. F 34 2 years
150mg 1X D
3/30/2010

 1  Anxiety/ Depression Decreased sex drive, weight gain, withdrawals less than an hour after missing a dose, stopped working. I was on Effexor for 3 years. The first 2 years it worked wonders, I felt great. Then it started to wear off and stopped giving me any benefit whatsoever. I spent a YEAR getting off that medication. I had severe withdrawals for 6 months (some of the side effects of withdrawal like motion sickness still have not gone away more than two years later), and the stress of the withdrawals triggered severe GERD which I was hospitalized for. I would never recommend this medication to anyone unless they plan on never getting off it ever. F 21 3 years
300 MG 1X D
4/3/2010

 5  depression Slight loss of appetite, slight loss of sex drive but not as bad as other antidepressants, very vivid and interesting dreams (I liked the crazy dreams). Effexor XR is the only antidepressant that has helped me, and I think I've tried them all. I have been on it twice for about a year each time...I felt wonderful while on it but it gradually stops working after about a year. Felt so much better while on this drug...I was friendly, outgoing, could laugh about things, felt normal. My emotions were great...felt fairly happy most of the time but not zombie-like. There were still times when I felt down but they didn't develop into depression like they would have had I not been on the drug. I actually lost about 5-10 lbs while on this drug. It helped my anxiety so I stopped munching out of boredom/stress. Really changed my life for the time I was on it. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work for long periods of time. It is hard to wean off of, but I think the benefits far outweighed the inconvenience of withdrawal. Wean yourself off slowly. I only took 75 mg so I switched to 37.5 for a month or so, then started taking the 37.5 every other day, then every third day. You will have headaches and flu-like symptoms and weird electrical jolts in your brain for a few days during the process. It's not such a huge deal. F 32 2 years
75 mg 1X D
4/5/2010

 5  panic disorder none I love it and have not had one panic attack since being on this drug F 60 10 years
225 mg 1X D
4/7/2010
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 1  depression, bipolar my husband has many negative side effects,memory loss,night sweats,inability to sleep. He wanders around the house all night. He has psychotic episodes,anger issues,delusions. He no longer resembles the man he was 5 years ago,its like he doesnt even see me as human anymore.He is very abusive.He also takes adderral,which is yet another nightmare story I cannot get medical professionals to take him off the garbage. He did wonderful on prozac F 51 5 years
150 1X D
4/17/2010

 3  home hands feet,legs swelling & red blotches F 40 2 times
75 1X D
4/18/2010

 5  Anxiety/panic attacks Lots of energy (caffeine-like jitters) and always hungry. This was an amazing drug. It made me feel much less anxious and I only had 1 panic attack the entire time I was on it - and it was at the beginning when it probably hadn't kicked in yet. The jitters were easily bearable (it just feels like you don't want to sit still, but it's not unpleasant), though the hunger was no joke - it got expensive ;) I gained no weight though, probably a combination of the constant movement and my already fast metabolism. The only problem I had was when I was being weaned off of it: that blood-rushing feeling in your head when you stretch or yawn... well... I got that all the time. It lasted about a week or 2, and then it was fine. All antidepressants have withdrawals, just make sure you wean off of it slowly. All in all, a fantastic cure for anxiety and probably depression too. Just make sure you're being monitored, because I've heard of other people not being able to take the side effects. I HIGHLY recommend it! (Oh, I took it when I was 17 - I don't know if they've changed the formula by now or if my age made a difference. I know they don't prescribe it to minors anymore because of a risk of suicidal thoughts/actions.) F 26 1 years
75 mg 1X D
4/19/2010
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 4  Severe Depression weight loss; dialated pupils; racing heart; loss of appetite; increased energy; changes in taste; restless; Overall, I feel better even after just 8 days taking it. I have not had any "depressed" lows yet. Dialated pupils and racing heart lasted 2 days. I've lost 5 pounds already. And about 6 days into treatment...everything sweet, is now too sweet. I discovered this eating yoplait Cherry yogurt. It tasted like an entire box of artifical sweetner was poured into it. Same for tea, soda, and candies :( I havent tried chocolate yet. I drank alcohol while on this med, and did not experience any side effects. Moderate drinking too: 2 margaritas and 2 full glasses of wine. Still feels like the meds are working F 26 8 days
75mg 1X D
4/19/2010

 4  Anxiety Let me start by saying that I have previously tried Zoloft, Lexapro and Paxil. The side effects experienced on these I found to be UNBAREABLE: Increased anxiety, restlessness, headaches, inability to ejaculate, suppressed emotions, etc. Since starting Effexor, the only side effects I've experienced is an initial increase in anxiety levels (which subsided in a week), vivid dreams (which I find to be pretty cool), and a slight delay in orgasm (which is NOTHING compared to SSRI's, which required a marathon effort). The difference I noticed here is, when I was on the SSRI's, the sensation of sex kind of felt like nothing. Like I was getting no where. Whereas on Effexor, it feels good like it should, but just takes longer to ejaculate. To date I feel a lot better. Not a 100% better, but a lot better. I feel like I can get through the day with less worries which makes getting through the day easier (more happy and motivated). I feel less worried about social situations and I am not starting to look forward to meeting new people and socialising more. I really hope my comments will encourage people to try Effexor. I know drugs affect people differently, but if Effexor can help me as much as it has, then I recommend people to try it out :) good luck! M 24 4 weeks
75 MG 1X D
4/21/2010
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 5  anxiety, mild depression it took about 4 weeks to really start working. in that time i had strange feelings almost like i was on a high at times. pupils were hugely enlarged, clenching my jaw alot, suffering alot of dreaming i never use to. sleeping alot about 12hours a day, coffee doesnt keep me awake anymore.have experinced headaches alot when i wake up mainly. increased appiette, weight gain of course. no lose of sex drive. effexor works very well. has aken away all my anxiety and depression. makes everyday life much more mangable. im happy with the result, is certainly worth the side affects. the side effects are less common and some totally gone already. Very grateful for this drug! F 20 3 months
75mg 1X D
4/25/2010
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 5  Depression and Anxiety nice i like it F 45 1 years
75mg 1X D
5/1/2010

 4  Depression Insomnia, loss of libido, memory loss, loss of consentration This pill has helped me a lot. That is when I am taking it when I am supposed to. However, the side effects are awful. I can't sleep at night and during the day I am extremely exhuasted. My memory is crap and I can't seem to consentrate very well. According the research I have done myself it has also caused both my babies to be born early due to toxemia. I wasn't taking it like I was supposed to with my second pregnancy and my child was not born as early as my first one. F 22 5 years
150 1X D
5/1/2010

 3  Depression Major sweating, constipation F 62 5 years
90 1X D
5/4/2010

 2  Depression Agitated depression, hypomanic-like symptoms, mood instability. Of course, these could have been unrelated to effexor. I also gained about 10 kilos (22 pounds), but it could have been due to other things such as implanon. When I started taking it the first time I experienced some insomnia and headaches. The worst thing about effexor is the withdrawal, which the doctors don't seem to know much about but it seems to happen to everyone who tries to stop taking it, and not just the people who post about it on the internet. It just didn't do anything for me, but no antidepressant has. I was on varing doses on and off for about 2 years and I was almost continuously depressed. Apparently it works great for some people, and it doesn't have many side effects while taking it, but it is VERY hard to stop taking it. I had to wean myself down to 5 granules once every few days before I could stop, and even then I had brain zaps for a few weeks. F 24 6 months
150mg 1X D
5/9/2010
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 4  Depression/Mild Anxiety {35mg for the first 2 days} sleeplessness, jaw clenching, hyper activeness, restlessness and finally 3 days later a collapse! (faint). ------------------------------------------------- {10mg self-reduced dose for 2 months} often became easily muddled (dopey), an inability to keep to my diet hence slight weight gain, decreased apathy and reduced hesitation to act on my thoughts. Took half a 75mg pill for the first 2 days. It felt like i was on speed and then i suffered a collapse on the 3rd day. So Doc switched me to Celexa which i hated! Celexa felt like i was imploding and more depressed the longer i took it (for 2 and a half weeks). So i got an idea; to take Effexor again just in smaller doses, since it made me so energetic. Long story short, I've been reasonably happy with Effexor, my apathy reduced noticeably. The only down side is that i often would get muddled (like ask stupid questions and forget things easily). Doctor found out i was taking the Effexor outside of its capsule so told me to switch to a new brand, Pristiq, which he says is similar just in tablet form. F 29 2 months
about 10mg 1X D
5/19/2010
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 3  depression loss of appetite, occasional sleeplessness and nausea. I went through the worst HELL ever when I went 4 days w/o taking the medication because i was having a problem getting Rx refilled. The side effects were HORRIBLE: dizziness, extreme & endless nausea, headaches, major anxiety, uncontrollable crying episode...it was bad. When I finally got the Rx refilled, I felt like a druggie desperate for a quick fix--i NEEDED it just to take away the horrible side effects. I want to get off the medication because I don't feel like it's working anymore but my doctor says I'm at the highest dose possible for this drug so I should just stick with it. F 31 8 months
300 mg 1X D
5/21/2010
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 5  Anxiety Weight gain; especially belly fat. About 10 lbs over 1 year without changing my diet or exercise habits. I have been thin all my life - size 6. After reading other users internet blogs I realized that Effexor XR does cause weight gain in some persons. For anxiety it worked really well with no other side effects other than than the weight gain. F 40 1 years
37.5 1X D
6/7/2010

 4  depression and anxiety weight gain, some jitters, loss of libido If you are taking this drug and it works for you, stay on it. I weaned off of it and plunged into a horrible state the likes of which I had never experienced. The strange thing was, when I went back on it it did not work as well. I felt flat and couldn't laugh. Now I am trying Cymbalta, which I pray will work since this has been six months of Hell. F 44 2.5 years
150mg 1X D
6/11/2010

 3  Depresion & GAD more hyper /anxious -yet more energetic though..just tried cymbalta had alot of anxiety on that-now trying Effexor. Acne , hyper, insomnia, diarrhea , fogginess Anyone had any rash or increase acne? ???got this horrible ??acne rash behind my ear..looks like pimples but not? weird , got it after starting meds F 38 2 weeks
at 75 now 1X D
6/14/2010
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 5  Anxiety/Panic No side effects whatsoever I have been on Effexor XR twice before. Both times it significantly reduced my anxiety within a week. Going off Effexor wasn't that bad as long as you go off slowly. Recently I restarted taking Effexor XR due to a return of anxiety. It is working as it always has. Prior to restarting Effexor XR I tried both Lexapro and Zoloft. Both of those medications made me sick as a dog. I am so happy that I respond so well to Effexor XR. It makes me feel normal again. M 47 4 years
37.5 mg 2X D
6/19/2010

 3  depression/fibromyalgia Really helps with social anxiety and depression. Side effects are weight gain and horrible sweating. I really would not recommend starting though because when and if you want to go off of it, it is so awful to try...I felt suicidal, not typical at all for me...decided to stay on it to avoid withdrawal so PLEASE don't start. F 63 7 years
75 1X D
6/29/2010

 3  Depression/OCD Nausea, staring into space, delayed orgasm, increased anxiety at times Good for OCD and anxiety but really didn't help with depression so my pdoc switched me back to paxil with no taper. Even after taking for just 30 days the withdrawal was really significant. I felt like I was a having a really bad allergic reaction, but after resuming at 37.5 felt fine. M 38 30 days
75mg 1X D
7/2/2010

 1  Anxiety, depression Strange itchy rash on my skin-scared for life now.. swelling of legs and ankles, eventually entire body, bloating, constipation, loss of "caring".. no sex drive, insane sweating.. dizzyness, heart palpatations. These all occurred gradually as the dose was upp'd and when I complained to the dr's (three) they didnt know what to do and at first denied it was the effexor- eventually weaned me down- and all smptoms disappeared. Cost hundreds of dollars to find out this medicine was CRAP! F 36 1 years
150 MG 1X D
7/3/2010

 1  depression after missing 2 days of dosage (forgot to fill it): nausea, dizziness, MASSIVE headache, "brain surges", blurred vision, inability to concentrate. I went through this twice. The second time I began researching the drug online and seeing how so many others were having issues with it. I know you are suppose to come off the drug slowly, but by that time it was almost out of my system completely, so I just dealt with the side effects and felt completely different after a week. That week was hell, but to get off this drug was heaven. Don't take! Stick with the older drug combinations such as Wellbutrin & Zoloft. F 28 4 months
1X D
7/9/2010

 5  Depression For the first few months I had sexual side effects but they went away. Some weight gain The only drug that ever helped me. Others did not work or had bad effects. The "brain jitters" everyone talks about are very true when missing a dose. They are really no biggie, to me anyway. Over all my mood is good, I am much more productive generally. I tried the new generic version and it does not work the same. BEWARE. Even though it's cheaper, the wreth brand works different and much better. I am waiting to talk to my doctor as to why but this is in the literature. There is a difference in this generic. If you are starting out I would defently suggest the name brand to see if it helps. Once stable, then test out the generic for yourself. M 34 1 years
150 MG 1X D
7/11/2010

 1  Migraines Extremely tired...sleeping 15 hours a day sometimes. Migraines continued. Numb. I needed to get off this medication to do a sleep study. I got VERY ill. Within 2 days of going off 37.5 mg I was vomitting and had nausea. It has been 15 days and I still feel awful. Migraines, muscle aches, tired, gastrointeritis, bloated, dizzy, shocks, hard to concentrate, brain doesn't track, this has been a NIGHTMARE. My doctor did say that Paxil and Effexor do have many withdrawl effects...however, they should be gone by now and aren't. I do not want to start taking this drug again. This is scary..I am not able to work and get things done. F 49 7 years
300 1X D
7/16/2010

 5  for hot flashes! none I have only been on this for 2 wks but after one week my hot flashes stopped! This was wonderful since I just started having them 2 months ago and they were every 30 minutes! I feel happy and perfectly normal otherwise F 50 14 days
75 mg 1X D
7/23/2010

 4  Anxiety Side effects included increased sweating, permanently dilated pupils, nausea, teeth grinding/jaw clenching, increased heart rate (90 bpm) and increased blood pressure. The nausea and sweating subsided after the first month. Despite the side effects this drug really did help me to gain some balance in my life, I am now tapering off slowly with no real withdrawal syptoms. My main reason for coming off is that the drug tended to dull all of my emotions and I kind of want to feel things fully again. F 25 1 years
75mg 1X D
7/27/2010

 2  Depression Have just been switched to generic after taking brand name for 5 years, and have been very ill - feels like withdrawal, which is nightmarish. Generic has a problem - don't know if it doesn't release right, or what (since Effexor XR is extended release) - it has made me very ill - anyone else with this problem, please let your doctor and pharamacist know - please get the word out that there is a problem with this generic! F 40 5 years
75mg 1X D
7/30/2010

 2   shaking, withdrawal symptoms I have used brand named for many years. If I missed a dose in the early morning, withdrawal effects would not show up until late afternoon. With generic, withdrawal effects will show up by 10:30 in the morning. M 43 7 years
1X D
8/1/2010

 2  Anxiety/Depression There are no side effects from taking it -- but HORRENDOUS side effects from discontinuation. I've been trying to discontinue (slowly, by lowering dosage) for about 7 months now. The withdrawal is ridiculous. If I could go back and time and never take it I would in a heartbeat. M 25 7 years
150 1X D
8/10/2010

 5  depression F 59
300 mg 1X D
8/12/2010
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 1  anxiety As far as I am concerned, this drug is poison. It made me nauseous, dry mouth with horrible taste (I even scheduled an additional teeth cleaning with my dentist.) When I tried to discontinue it, the nausea got worse. I also talked to a nurse at my doctor's office who said that she had a terrible time come off of it and had bad headaches too. I realize that this medication may work for some people. However, I don't EVER want to even look at the name of this again. It did me no good (how can you get less stressed if you walk around feeling sick to your stomach constantly?) I will NEVER go on this med or anything like it again. F 60 2 months
37.5 - 75 1X D
8/14/2010

 5  depression/PTSD frequent urination, weight loss, loss of appetite I have no desire to eat a large amount of food, which isn't a bad thing. It took about a week for me to feel a difference. I feel like myself again. I was really moody all the time before taking this drug. My depression went away almost completely. I no longer get really angry and it seems like I have a longer "fuse". My husband even noticed that I seemed more happy and complained less. This drug is wonderful. I take the generic version, however the doctor said that may be why I get pains in my stomach, so I am switching to the name brand in two weeks. F 30 3 weeks
75 MG 1X D
8/17/2010

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