Drug Ratings for EFFEXOR XR

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 3  depression I was part of the clinical trial for this drug. I never got to determine whether or not it was effective -- I had such severe night sweats, soaking the bed every night (not related to menopause!), that I had to drop out of the study. It was a double blind study, but there was no doubt that I was taking the drug and not the placebo given the severe side effects. Night sweats were the only problem for me. No other side effects, not even the dry mouth the tricyclic antidepressants had always given me. F 55 8 weeks
150 mg 1X D
9/12/2011

 3  POTS I HAVE ONLY BEEN ONE IT FOR 3 DAYS AND SO FAR SO GOOD THE FIRST DAY I WAS REALLY OUT OF IT SO DID NOT TAKE IT FOR 3 DAY AND HAD A HEADACE FOR 2 DAYS SO THAN I WAS FELLY REALLY PANIC SO I HAVE BEEN TAKEING IT 3 DAYS NOW 1ST DAY WAS UP ALL NIGHT AND THE 2ND I GOT SOME SLEEP AND I AM DONT SO FUZZY AS I WAS SO EVERY DAY IT GETS BETTER JUT GIVE IT TIME TO WORK I HATE TAKEING MEDS BUT I THINK I WILL STAY WITH THIS ONE F 31 3 days
37.5 1X D
9/11/2011

 2  depression made me angry- and cry, cry, cry, and angry, angry, angry! The moment I quit taking it, the anger stopped! F 42 1 weeks
1X D
9/4/2011
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 5  Anxiety / Depression only side effects i go through is if i forget to take the daily dose . go off with the fairies - light & dizzy & cannot concentrate at all & get BAD BAD Withdrawals. Was second in charge of big motor company for 23 years when i got anxienty / depression . eventually couldn't function etc & ended in a heap . was on & off many different types of drugs & then 2 years later ended up in mental hospital . they took me off everything & started me on EFFEXOR XR. within a month i was starting feeling a lot better & then started working a part time job about 2 years later which i still do today. If it wasn't for Efexor Xr i wouldn't be here today . i have tried many times to slowly come off it with no success. For quality of life & my family i have decided to stay on it . I was in a bad place for about 5 years all up & i never want to go back there. EFFEXOR XR is good shit as far as i am concerned M 45 5 years
300 1X D
9/2/2011
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 5  depression & anxiety Increased blood pressure, increased sensitivity to heat I've been on and off anti-depressants since 1995 and this is the only one that has consistently brought great results. I tried going up higher than 300 MG to combat depression, but there was no real payoff with this increase, so I went back to 300 and started a secondary anti-depressant on a lower dose on the side in addition to Effexor. This was after 4 years of being on it. I'm very, very very happy with Effexor, but I will echo two things that have been said here: 1) Eat it with food! Nausea isn't fun. 2) Do not skip your pills or quit this cold turkey. If I miss a day I get edgy, if I miss two days I turn into a monster. Through all the side effects, even having to take a small dose of blood pressure medication, I happily take Effexor XR. It is critical to my well-being and it's the only anti-depression/anxiety med that has given me these results. F 33 4 years
300 MG 1X D
9/1/2011

 5  grief then because i liked it low libido,dry mouth, initially took this for grief,after stopping it i noticed my behavior was more agressive,impatient,negative attitude. told doc i wanted it again. it produces a kindler and gentler me which i prefer. however,if i miss a dose or stop, my evil twin emerges and it is not pretty. can not stop taking it now as my behavior will spiral into a very negative,uncontrolled state. i am afraid to stop taking it. i also tend to procrastinate which i never did before. it is excellent for changing self defeating behavior. M 51 6 years
300 1X D
8/30/2011
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 1  Depression Where to start? Chronic constipation, aggressive eczma, a spiky feeling like stinging neetles when I got hot, memory loss - could never remember names or big words in coversation; loss of sex drive; verbally aggressive if I missed med or when I tryed 60 mg of drug. I was told by my physhciatrist this drug was the next big thing and that I had tryed most everything else so I put up with all those side effects for 3 freakn years!! My wife got fed up with my aggressive verbal behaviour on this drug. Then my new GP sayes try Cipramol and then suddenly the adverse effects all but disappear. Im over the moon with Cipramol - the only side effects I now have is same low sex drive. There was also no withdrawals moving between these 2 drugs. M 40 3 years
40 MG 1X D
8/22/2011
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 2  depression Hospitalized with serotonin syndrome. Suicidal. F 56 30 days
75 mg 1X D
8/10/2011

 4  At first, Effexor XR I later switched to Venlafaxine, a generic form of Effexor. The side effects have remained consistant. They include, daily nausea, unless taken with food. Mild sexual side effects, and horrendous withdrawal symptoms, eek! Pretty much everything others have mentioned- vivid/disturbing dreams, brain zaps, mania, emotional instability when you miss a dose or attempt to quit. The manufacturer understated the side effects and I curse the day they developed this particular SSRI but it works, what can I say. M 39 10 years
75-150 1X D
7/20/2011
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 5  Depression I haven't experience any side effects. I tried several anti-depressants before sticking with Effexor XR. One thing I learned real quick was not to miss a dose. I did that twice for a couple of days and ended up in the ER with nausea, pain all over my body and DEEP depression. I wanted to die. I'm grateful for this drug. I have gone through counseling and feel very well. I would like to get off but the withdrawl symptoms stop me. I don't even want to think of the darkness that could take me to. I guess I'll take it forever but that's alright. IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE IF YOU DON'T HAVE INSURANCE! F 50 20 years
150 mg 1X D
7/18/2011
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 3  depression anxiety long term use effected liver functions Horrible withdrawal symptoms from drug: extreme anxiety and brain zaps F 49 2 years
600 1X D
7/13/2011

 1  Depression Excessive weight gain (30lbs), horrible night sweats, agitation, dizziness, crying all the time, lack of interest in things I used to love to do, decreased sex drive F 33 3 months
75 MG 1X D
7/7/2011
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 5  Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety In beginning: Constant yawning, racing heart, weird dreams, dizziness, mania; after a few weeks: NONE :) If I forget to take for a couple days, I do get heart palpitations and bad dizziness but easily cured by taking my missed dose (good reminder!) Effexor obviously works GREAT for some people and for others it doesn't...for me it has been the best thing EVER! I have no desire to stop this one, although the effectiveness does seem to wane after a few months, and now I am at the highest dose...so I do worry it will stop working, but hoping for the best. I have tried everything and it all works for a while but wanes. So far this has been the best...2nd choice is Prozac FOR ME but everyone is different so its worth a shot! F 38 1 years
300 mg 1X D
7/5/2011
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 4  Depresssion/Anxiety Low sex drive The good FAR outweigh the bad for me with this drug. I have tried over a dozen anti-depressants in my life, and I can say without a doubt that Effexor XR saved my life. I am able to feel all of my emotions and it is amazing. I did feel good enough at one point and stopped taking them, withdrawal was terrifying and awful. After I wasn't have withdrawal symptoms, I was back to my miserably depressed self. I have accepted that anti-depressants are just a part of my life and am incredibly happy to have this particular drug. F 25 4 years
37.5 MG 1X D
7/4/2011

 3  Anxiety, migraines Very sleepy - could easily sleep 12 hours a day ; weight loss at first This definitely helped with my anxiety - it felt like the voices of constant worry about all the different things I had to worry about were gone. I was able to focus on one thing at a time, deal with it, and move on. However, I was still having physical manifestations of anxiety (racing heart, etc.) and migraines so my docs kept increasing the dose. At higher doses, I was exhausted all the time with no change in therapeutic effects. Finally gave up on it, coming down off of it was very very unpleasant. Lots of anxiety and anger. Wish I could have stayed at the low dose and added something else. F 37 8 months
150 mg 1X D
7/4/2011

 4  Anxiety weight gain, sweating, some tiredness This drug has made a huge difference in my life. Because of the side effects, however, I am considering taking a different anti-depressant that works for anxiety. F 45
37.5 1X D
7/1/2011
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 4  depression and bipolar low sex drive high seritonion i am having test done to see if it is just the effexor and one of my other meds that has my seritionlevel very high normal level is .15 to 18 and mine is a 28 not good M 50 5 years
150 1X D
6/27/2011
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 4   lack of sex drive blurriness sleeping all the time no energy confusion at times I am going to have my doctor step me down if possible, they upped it 2 months ago from 75mg to 150mg when another medicine affected me terribly. I got depressed, cried all day and couldn't maintain without suppervision. F 49 7 days
150mg 1X D
6/21/2011
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 5  as an anti-depressant I have never experienced any side effects with this medication. I was taking 150 mg per day for approximately 8 years and asked my doctor to cut the dosage in half and it is still serving its purpose for me. F 69 9 years
75 1X D
6/15/2011

 5  Anxiety It's the only anti-anxiety medication that left me with little to no side effects while effectively helping my condition. F 26 7 years
150 1X D
6/14/2011
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 3  Depression Decreased libido/ worse orgasms, felt like my memory was somewhat worse. Withdrawal felt like crap and had really vivid dreams. Did help my depression somewhat, didn't have any side effects aside from the sexual ones since I took it every morning as soon as I got up, did cold turkey withdrawal and it was bad but manageable. M 19 6 months
150 mg 1X D
6/6/2011

 1  Short temper - anxious F 57
150 1X D
6/3/2011
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 1  Anxiety disorder I was given this drug only once and it sent me into seizures which lasted all day. I had to be rushed to the hospital and it was serious. For a week I couldn't walk and could barely talk or lift my hands to take care of my kids. I threw my guts up and sweated profusely. It was a horrific experience and has scared me away from ever taking ANY anti-depressant again. I feel as though it left permanent damage to my memory and brain function. This drug was given to me right after taking Paxil. Don't know if that had something to do with the seizures. F 41
1X D
5/28/2011
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 4  Anxiety GAD Insomnia, delayed ejaculation but not completely gone, jaw tightness / ache, amphetemine like effects, loads of energy, crying, euphoria when combined with the gym, weight loss. So far I've found it to be generally good. Got some immediate relief and felt safe and secure with it. Full effects took 2 months though. The insomnia was a pain for the first 3 weeks but it wasn't until 2months that things began to settle down. Sex problems? Well for a guy it's not too bad. You get there in the end. Possibly the biggest problem was feeling up all the time. After about 30mins I was chatting rapidly like I used to do on speed or ecstasy. This was ok but at night I found it hard to sleep at least for the first month. Today I found myself very tearful over something trivial and feel quite down and depressed which I assume shouldn't happen on an AD. DO NOT TAKE WITH cold remedies / decongestion / cough medicines saying non-drowsy / caffeine / M 41 2 months
75 1X D
5/27/2011
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 3  hot flashes The sexual side effect of no orgasm was the worst and is why I stopped taking it. I had thought if this drug stopped my hot flashes and helped me sleep better, that my libido would improve. It didnít work out that way for me. The first three days on it I had killer headaches but continued to take it and they never re-occurred. I had to change to taking it in the morning instead of the evening or it would keep me awake all night. It gave me several tremors (more like full on limb jerking) everyday. Both the sexual side effects and the tremors occurred less often after a month of being off Effexor and they stopped being a side effect over the next few weeks . I didnít originally take this for depression but did get the benefit of it working for me in that respect. I was calmer, less easily agitated over the small things and just overall in a better frame of mind by the third week of taking it. I was surprised at just how good I felt! When I went off of Effexor F 56 90 days
75 1X D
5/17/2011
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 3  short temper, feeling overwhelmed I have experienced the "brain zaps" that some others have described. I usually take in the a.m. but just realized that drowsiness is a side effect! If I miss my morning dose, by lunch or so I am hearing (and feeling) these almost electrical type pulses in my head that get louder (I also have tinnitus) so it sounds like it's echoing off of my brain. If I don't have one with me that I can take I will go in to a full blown meltdown. Crying over nothing, feeling worthless (almost suicidal) headache, nausea, the whole nine yards. I have only been that way ONCE and I really felt like I wanted someone to shoot like like a hurt animal and put me out of my misery! I am NOT MAKING THIS UP! It works when taken properly, however, my goal is to get off of this med. I will be seeing my Dr for annual exam so I will hopefully be able to wean off and get on something a little less mind-altering! F 42 3 years
150 MG 1X D
5/10/2011
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 5  depression and anxiety inability to reach orgasm, but only for a short time when first startted and when upped dosage, weird "brain zaps" others mention and vivid dreams when miss a dose, inability to get off it due to withdrawl symptoms -- physical and emotional, but I was only trying to get off to start another antidepressant, so didn't really have to get off it I have been on an antidepressant for 18 years, most have worked (except for welbutrin) and I switched around to avoid side effects from some and to try to get better relief of anxiety. None have helped my anxiety. Effexor has worked for my depression very well, would not be alive without it. F 47 6 years
225 mg 1X D
5/3/2011
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 1  Depression, Anxiety Total nightmare. This was arguably the worst period of time in my life. It made me so mentally ill I almost ended up in a psych ward. Stay away from this if you can!! I lost weight considerably and shook all the time. I had terrible anxiety the whole time, the worst kind of anxiety I've ever experienced. Also tardive diskenesia was becoming very prevalent. Tobacco cravings were rampant. I never felt at ease or comfortable, I was constantly on edge and wanted to cry. Please be careful if you are taking this. F 30 6 months
30 mg 2X D
4/28/2011
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 1  Anxiety and OCD Increased irritability, overreacting to everything (couldn't control it), insomnia, excessive crying, headache. My doctor took me off after only two days because it was so bad for me. I would not suggest it, but remember that everyone has different reactions to drugs. I was also just diagnosed as bipolar which could explain my extremely bad reaction. F 20 2 days
37.5mg 1X D
4/25/2011

 5  Anxiety, PTSD, Depression None whatsoever! F 23 1 years
300mg 1X D
4/21/2011
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 5  Depression "Brain zaps" if dose was missed or late Taken for severe depression for 5 years and it helped me immensely. The only downside to it was if I missed a dose, I would feel "zaps" in my head which would make me feel very faint and a bit nauseous.These will go away if you TAPER OFF the medicine when you decide to come off it. I have been Effexor-free for a year now and do not have zaps any more. I am glad that it helped me. Like all antidepressants, it has side effects, but in the instance of severe depression this is one of the better drugs to take. F 31 5 years
15 1X D
4/16/2011

 5  Major Depression Side effects only when I miss a dose-dizziness, brain zaps I was on 225 mg for 11 years, then 150 for 1 year and now back to 225, due to Post Partum. Effexor saved me. I would have killed myself long ago without finding this drug. F 34 12 years
150-225 mg 1X D
4/11/2011
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 4  Axiety/Panic attacks Low sew drive. Very difficult to reach orgasm. Aside from sexual side effects, I only have problems if I happen to forget to take a dose. Effexor has done wonders for helping my anxiety issues. I used to panic about every little thing, now I no longer feel miserable with nervousness and fear that something is always going to go wrong. I do wish I tried some other meds first though. Last week I missed a dose by accident and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. At first I thought It was the stomach flu, but then came the famous "Brain Shivers". It felt like someone was shaking my brain around with my skull remaining still; then it would be followed by a brief moment of vertigo. I also had horrible nightmares, chills, and sweats. The brain shivers became more frequent until I took my next dose. After that, they became more intermittent until they finally stopped. It is horrible just how physically addictive this drug is. When my husband and I have conceive, The first thing I am going to do is try to get off of it so that my newborn will not have to go through Effexor withdrawal. It is SO AWFUL! I advise taking this drug as a last resort. F 29 2.5 years
75mg 1X D
4/5/2011

 5  Major Depression When I first started my depression was so bad i was suicidal, after 4 months of sucking it up and dealing with it Effexor saved my life and I say it confidently. F 21 24 months
150 1X D
3/31/2011

 4  Depression Night sweats regularly. If I miss a dose I go through the worst withdrawal. Heart palpitations, vivid nightmares, worse night sweats, and sometimes feels like my eyes do a weird shaky thing. Although the withdrawal really sucks. It's a great drug for me. I was baker acted 2x's before I started this medication for suicidal attempt/thoughts. I've now been clear headed and happy for 2 yrs. I'm just worried for when I want to get pregnant how that will go. F 27 2 years
225mg 1X D
3/30/2011
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 5  GAD/SAD/dysthmia Dry mouth, this went away with time. If I miss two doses in a row and take it, I feel drugged and sluggish for a day. No obvious side effects when I stay on schedule. I've tried a lot of anti-depressants and most had minimal to no effects. Effexor has changed my life. My anxiety is manageable, my mood swings are now within the normal range and the constant, underlying depression is gone. I've been able to go back to school and get a BA, something that was not possible before Effexor. Effexor isn't for everyone, but it's done wonders for me. F 30 2 years
150mg 1X D
3/29/2011
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 4  major depressive disorder I am not aware of any side effects. Not sexual, either. I'm fine. Effexor is the right drug for polio survivors. None of the others helped me. The scarring on my brain stem causes such a myriad of problems, and Effexor seems to be the key to making my brain chemistry work as well as it possibly can. I love it. I will take it forever. F 61 5 days
100 mg 3X D
3/29/2011
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 5  Severe Depression Severe Anxiety Di Flushing, weird thinking, anxiety Started at the standard 37.5, moved up to 75 and stayed on that for 4 years with great results !!!! Last year went up to 150 and recently ( this week ) started 300. My only concern is continuing to go up. But I will NOT give it up. I have a lot of work ahead of me, and realize there is no " magic pill " , but this saved, and continues to save my life. Now I just need to quit relying on it TOTALLY and work on myself too. Good luck to all out there !!! ( went for a 6 month period when they switched my from effexor to cymbalta and had NO side affects. I realize both are in the same drug class, and had NO clue so many people were going through these withdrawals. Much needed info for me. Thanks !!! ) F 48 6 years
300 1X D
3/26/2011

 3  anxiety disorder Tiredness al the time, just quit working Terrible withdrawal symptoms F 53 5 years
150 mg 1X D
3/26/2011
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 1  Panic Disorder, Depression, Anxiety agitation, insomnia, increased anxiety/panic attacks, feeling as if I wanted to crawl out of my own skin, loss of libido Terrible drug. I feel sorry for others who have endured the withdrawal symptoms after taking it long term. I quit after 6 weeks because I couldn't take the constant agitation/anxiety/restlessness it caused. I had hoped those side-effects would abate with time but they did not. F 27 6 weeks
75 mg 1X D
3/24/2011
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 5  Severe suicidal depressive episodes In the first month: dry mouth In the first year: slight tremors in extremities, no libido/orgasm Complete 9 years: eye sensitiviy to light, moderate weight gain but controlled with exercise and diet This drug saved my life. I would have run away from everything that mattered in my life and done myself in without the stabilizing effect of Effexor. I was willing to put up with the side effects because I finally felt like 'myself' again. The lows aren't as low and the length of the downs aren't as long - and so i no longer fall into a depressive cycle - I can deal with it. I would stay on this drug for the rest of my life if it wasn't for worries about my liver and just the accumulative effects after so many years. No I am noticing that my memory is terrible, as is my concentration. I am starting to do weird tihngs like put my running shoes in the fridge, that kind of stuff. I have read that long term effects can be on your memory - anyone else experienced this? I would be willing to gradually taper but also wondering if the underlying causes of my initial depression are still present in my body - so then what would be the point? I tried tapering off last year - got within 2 weeks of complete withdrawal and the first symptom that came back was crying jags and within a week I was into a full blown all out depression. I went right back on the drug and felt better within a few weeks, but I still dont know if my feelings were a result of not having the drug in my system or actual depression. Does anyone have any comments on their trying to withdraw after being on it for this amount of time? F 40 9 years
150 and up 1X D
3/22/2011
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 4  GAD/PD/SAD Dry mouth, with added plus of metallic taste all the time. Sexual side effects. Insomnia, slight tremors, body zaps when loud noises come out of nowhere. Lethargic once in a while. Effexor XR has helped wonderfully with my anxiety and panic attacks. I haven't had an attack in over a year. Before Effexor XR I was on Lexapro which left me feeling numb and I still had breakthrough panic. As with any SSRI/SNRI there are always going to be side effects but with Effexor I find there is way more good than bad. I have energy and I don't obsess over every little thing now (my husband's happy about that!). And I can go to a movie or a mall and not feel like I'm going to run screaming from the room. A good drug for me. F 40 1 years
225 1X D
3/17/2011

 1  hot flashes F 48 4 years
75mg 1X D
3/11/2011
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 2  Moderate depression and Anxiety Nausea, headaches, and dry-mouth. Affected my vision, I was "seeing frames". Reduced sexual sensitivity and trouble reaching orgasm. Lot's of energy but foggy head. Couldn't sleep. Made me feel a little high. Took it for three days then stopped because of the side affects. I have tried several other SSRI's and Wellbutrin. Never had a medication affect me that strongly in such a short period of time. The night after I stopped taking it I had very intense dreams, woke up in a cold sweat and had a terrible headache and upset stomach- Like a bad hangover, but I hadn't had a drop of alcohol-. Be careful it is a powerful one. M 28 3 days
37.5 MG 1X D
3/10/2011
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 1  depression I tried to kill myself witch mad no sense since I LOVE MY LIFE! The effexor worked great at first and then slowly i started to sleep more and feel more and more depressed, I also started having weird behavior. I never tried to hurt myself before this drug. F 23 3 weeks
37.5mg 1X D
3/9/2011

 1  Depression Nausea, vomiting, flu like symptoms, panic attacks. Felt "poisoned." Tried all the antidepressants, thought I would give this one a shot. Increased anxiety like mad! After trying 25 antidepressants, my doctor put me on 5 mcg's of Cytomel. After 15 years of depression, it went away in one day with Cytomel. It was like someone turned on the life switch. My thyroid tests were and are still normal.'I don't think big pharma has depression quite figured out yet. Try Cytomel!!! Read the testimonials on here, they are the same as mine. Start low and go slow (5 mcg's - 10 mcg's). No more than 10 mcg's per day.'You will feel like a dead plant come back to life! No generics! M 40 6 weeks
37.5 1X D
3/6/2011

 4  Panic slight weight gain, increased appetite, brain zaps when dose was missed. loss of sex drive 3 years free of panic...then it wore off. have been on lexapro, paxil, zoloft, cymbalta. this worked best for me. going to look into pristiq. F 31 3 days
37.5 mg 1X D
3/1/2011

 5  severe depression, anxiety, panic Insomnia, nightmares if i miss a dose This has been a miracle drug for me. I had cancer and couldnt quit thinking about dieing and my daughter being without a mother and my head felt just full of thought 24/7. I couldnt enjoy life for thinking about all the bad stuff that could happen. I was severly depressed, almost talked myself into leaving my family cause i didnt want them to get hurt if i died. I had every day anxiety, and panic attacks. I cried all the time, and wasnt the wife and mother that i wanted to be until i started this medication. It has cleared my mind, i can think positive for the first time in my life. I am a great mother, and my husband has seen a huge differance. I am so much happier, I plan to NEVER get off this med. I love it. It will be taken everyday with my bloodpressure pills for the rest of my life. It is a Godsend. F 26 3 months
75 1X D
2/24/2011
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 4  Anxiety, depression decreased appetite, increased sex drive, night sweats, some irritability if a day was skipped Over all like this one. Was on paxil - didn't work. Then Celexa - that worked but after 2 years - didn't help anymore. F 40 4 years
75 1X D
2/23/2011

 1  Depression/Anxiety/ADD Elevated AST and ALT Liver Enzymes; Lethargy; Apathy; Cognitve Impairment; Inability to focus; Tremendous difficulty for orgasm; You better get a script for Cialis, too. If you have HepC, BE REAL CAREFUL. As I weaned myself off of Effexor, my AST and ALT declined from 10 to 15 times normal level to very close to normal levels. I weaned myself from 225mg down to 15 mg. I started this in December 2009, and did it very very slowly. At the very most, the reduction was 12 mg every two weeks. At times I ceased the plan--but not because I was having adverse effects. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG UNLESS IT IS THE ONLY A/D LEFT TO TRY. IT WILL TURN YOUR MIND INSIDE OUT AND SPIT YOU ON THE GROUND. M 50 4.5 years
1X D
2/23/2011

 1  dysthymia; Borderline Personality Weight doubled from 150 to 300 lbs. Freakish sweating. I was NEVER suicidal or self-harming until I took this drug. I was sober when I began taking this drug; I began drinking. Then they diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder I mixed episode. Then also on Wellbutrin 225 mg and Abilify 30 mg. I AM NOT BIPOLAR. Currently off all meds except 37.5 mg Effexor XR and soon will go off of that. WITHDRAWAL HAS BEEN HELL. Effexor XR is a stimulant. So is Wellbutrin and also Abilify. If I really had Bipolar Disorder, why would the docs prescribe 3 stimulants. I am mad about this. I had to go on disability. I lost 14 years of product adult working and living. Read "Prozac Backlash" It was written in the early 90's by a Harvard Medical Doctor. I wish I had read it before I took those meds. F 48 14 years
300 mg 1X D
2/20/2011
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 1  depression It is my son who is on this drug. I think it causes his daily nausea, his vomiting, his sweating. He was a nice even-tempered thoughtful caring young college junior who got depressed. Now after 7 years on effexor he is the exact opposite--he is irritable, short-tempered, has free-floating anger and rage at everyone, even at animals. Nothing ever suits him and he blames everyone and thinks they pick on him. He can't sleep well or at the right time or he over-sleeps. He can't keep a job because he feels so ill. He is now using more alcohol, I think to try to feel better from the drug effects. He does not figure it out that the drug has made him this way, because he is so addicted to it. Now his doctor says he is bi-polar. I am sure it was the drug that made him bi-polar. It has such terrible side-effects. As a child and teenager up to age 20 he was never like this. I am convinced the effexor makes him this way. I am so sad for him and all the other people harmed. This drug should be banned by the FDA. It does 100 times more harm than good and is causing serious disability in our young people. M 27 7 years
150 1X D
2/19/2011

 4  Depression Vivid and exhuasting dreams, require more sleep than usual, STRANGE INTENSE dreams, Other than that no bad side effects. I have more of a sex drive now (could be because depression lifted) This drug has helped a lot with my depression! F 23 3 months
75 1X D
2/15/2011

 5  serious depression + anxiety some constipation and very brief period of occasional night terrors for about first 6 weeks, but since then, none Initially tried Celexa, which only caused symptoms to worsen. Then tried Effexor at 150 mg/day, which helped almost immediately. Dr. later increased dose to 300 mg/day which, along with cognitive behavior therapy, helped me get back to healthy mental state within about 3 months from start of my symptoms and I have been doing well ever since. I have thought about trying dose reduction, but really don't want to risk withdrawal symptoms. Taking this drug is really no different than taking my daily cholesterol and blood pressure meds that I'll be taking for the rest of my life. Patients should realize that: 1) each person reacts differently to each anti-depressant, so unfortunately finding the right drug is a trial & error process and 2) drugs ALONE are not the answer to mental health issues - you have to be willing to work with a therapist to change your negative thoughts. M 62 10 years
300 1X D
2/6/2011

 5  "Depression", PDD, PTSD. After a lifetime of distress, I now feel more like a normal human being. F 61 3 years
150mg, 1X D
1/31/2011

 5  cfs dry mouth, night sweats, nervousness I heard about this med after listening to a talk on CFS. I tried it and it has helped so much. I dont know where I would be without it. It clears the 'brain fog' completely, and gives me the strength to deal with everything in a positive light. I have tried to ween myself off this med (for 6 months) but I found that the benefits outweigh all else. At the end of the day---its about quality of life ! M 50 13 years
150 1X D
1/23/2011

 4  Depression At 37.5mg my depression is controlled. I will experience episodes of depression but it's manageable. When I increase the dose to 75mg I experience vivid dreams, interrupted sleep, anxiety, irritability and unwarranted anger. For me, this medication manages my depression if I take it at a low dose. I have not gained/lost weight, but I am an endurance athlete. F 47 6 years
37.5 1X D
1/22/2011

 1  PTSD Horrible, visual interuptions, feeling like i was having electric shocks in my head which lasted a year after getting off, horrific nightmares,suicidial fantasys (i'd never been suicidal before!) night sweats-PJ's soaked through!, angry/violent outburst, took 3 years to get off it, terrible terrible withdrawals I lost my job & 4 years of my life to this drug it should be illegal and I'd like compensation!!!! I still suffer from the nightmares although not as vivid, I think this drug does irriversable damage! F 37 4 years
300mg 1X D
1/14/2011

 2  bipolar ii + depression/anxiety intense increase in anxiety and agitation seems that effexor caused an episode of hypomania with extreme anxiety resulting in increased depression; not a good mix for my condition; regime includes lithium (1500mg); lamictal (300mg); buspar (50mg); abilify (15mg) M 40 90 days
1X D
1/12/2011
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 1  depression/mood disorder WORST WITHDRAWAL EVER. I've been on anti-depressants for at least 5years, and I've tried multiple ones but by far effexor was the worst. Yea it helped during the time I took it. But if I missed a dose I got those "brain zaps", and I just felt in a fog not myself at all. But when I came off it was the WORST experience I felt like I was in withdrawal from a hardcore drug. Brain zaps constantly, the shakes, sweating, nightmares, anxiety, muscle spasms, and crying spells. Don't take effexor its not worth the risk of a horrible withdrawal. It has a half life of 5hours, that's why you feel so crummy after missing one dose. awful awful medication. F 18 1 years
350 1X D
1/9/2011

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