Drug Ratings for EFFEXOR XR

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 4  anxiety Stimulant effect, decreased appetite, insomnia F 43 10 days
10/23/2014

 3  Major Depression/Anxiety I have been off and on the generic, which works initially then stops working, increase the dose and works again....then stops. No appetite on generic but normal appetite on brand. Have lost 15 pounds. Stomach issues at about 6 mos. always, like ulcers, tics. Then, finally recently tried brand, even though insurance didn't cover and had no side effects, such as brain zaps, etc. and it worked without noticing I was taking it. (I have already tried all other SSRI's.) Then, determined I am possibly bipolar because no meds worked over time. I really was doing more, almost hypomania; biking 2 1/2 hours each ride after no exercise for years. Was put on other Med called Geodon and bad side effects and then had severe paranoia, with panic attack, because I was on the generic venlafaxine which is very different than brand. They kept me on the Effexor XR 150 mg brand I noticed in the hospital, but put me on Risperidone causing breathing issue the first night and they increased the dose the 2nd night and by 5th night I went off per heart palpatations at night. I am on generic Effexor XR, but hope to get back on brand with pre-auth through Medicaid. I can't function on the generic version. I have no energy or motivation. My place of work is not very favorable working conditions, due to my FMLA, while trying to get well. Team doesn't like that I miss work and people still have little to no understanding of how dibilitating it can be, and then if your support structure isn't there, it adds F 52 3 years
150 mg
10/21/2014

 5  Depression, mood swings, fear Only when missing dose my head started spinning but when i decided to get off of it after reading all scary reviews how tough it is i decided to try dosing it down fastest possible. I done my research and im lucky my fiance is a doctor and he has a lot of nutrition advisors so i didnt experiment nothing at all taking it from 150 to 75. The trick is to not imagine all this bad effects that happened to other people. Do some detox of your body start juicing all green veggies take vitamin B, D and cod liver oil i think this are most important, plus if you want your depression and anxiety to go away, fix your spine ! F 29 2 years
150 MG
10/8/2014
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 1  Anxiety/Depression My teenage son was on this medication for 6 weeks and experienced a bipolar response. He felt everything was a dream and that I wasn't really his mom. He had racing thoughts. Doctor said to stop taking immediately. He experienced brain zaps, vomiting, crying, distorted vision, paranoia. His vision remains pixelated and he sees flashing lights in his field of view. He has memory problems that have also remained 2 years later. He has suffered permanent damage from this drug. M 15 6 weeks
75 mg 1X D
10/8/2014

 1  anxiety Do not take effexor dangerous drug.Coming off detoxing is true hell dont take ever F 59 1 days
10/7/2014

 1  depression anxiety My wife Never had high blood pressure til 1st Prescription increase dosage had stroke F 60 1 days
10/7/2014

 4  Depression Effexor helped me but had to add Abilify for depression. Decided to go off of antidepressants. Was able to wean off of Abilify but Effexor is a whole other monster. I've been tapering off of Effexor for three months now left my job because of side effects are terrible starting into fourth month doing every other day now. It's awful!! Going to dr this week to see if they can give me something to offset the withdrawal symtems. I'm not going to let this drug beat me. F 55 6 years
150 mg
9/15/2014
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 3  Depression-Anxiety severe sleep disturbances, abnormal ejaculation, anorexia This drug helped me for a while, it is powerful and addictive, and its half life is short, thus weaning yourself from it is an agony. withdrawal symptoms are so bad and unbearable. when deciding to cut off, Taper as far as you can. M 30 6 years
225 1X D
9/10/2014

 2  Major depression More depression but after several weeks I had a 2 week period of time where I felt normal again! I was so excited! It went away! I am trying to wean off by using celexa I am telling you that depression like this that suffocates u where u can hardly do anything is worst then anything I have gone thru! F 58 6 months
225 mg
9/9/2014
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 1  Severe depression Extreme weight gain-60 pounds in the 12 weeks I was on this and loose of real emotion, complete lack of caring for anything or anyone. My sex drive was kicked into overdrive as well as my need to eat. I have fought with depression since my preteens. It runs in my family and I have always struggled with the thought of having to take medication to feel 'normal'. I was doing all the right things, eating well, running 6-12 miles per day-training for my first marathon. I thought that was the answer. I could beat this thing without medication. That's what everyone says right? Diet and exercise! Maybe that's why this bout of depression completely blindsided me. and knocked me flat on my ass. I could hardly get out of bed, the thought of brushing my teeth was exhausting. After months of feeling like I was swimming against a current to just LIVE my life I made the first step in what I have known to be an uphill battle. I sought out a depression and anxiety specialist. Sitting in that exam room that first day I remember just being a puddle of sad all over his floor. I thought he had extensive knowledge, probably because he was one of the few Dr.'s in my life that haven't basically just told me to 'try harder' I thought he understood. Let me state that when I get depressed to the point that I cannot just 'handle' it anymore I know my own personal symptoms. It's a struggle to get out of bed, I do mean a fucking battle, its exhausting to have to do basic things like brush my teeth, take a shower, put on clothes. Now the physical symptoms for me are excessive weight gain, muscle aches, tired to my bones-20-cups-of-espresso-isn't-fixing-this-tired. For me, this medication was terrible, I F 29 3 months
75mg 1X D
9/6/2014
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 4  anxiety/agoraphobia Premature ejaculation for the first time in my life. Extreme dry mouth, brain zaps, electric feeling when it's around time to take my dose. M 35 1 months
37.5
9/1/2014

 4  Anxiety, depression, ADHD Little to no side effects for a year then severe Insomnia, body jerks, rambling voices in my head before sleep, severe depression, paranoia, and social anxiety the last 12 months. F 21 2 years
150 MG
8/24/2014
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 3  Depression Weight gain, no libido, apathy, numb I have taken Effexor off and on for about 18 yrs. I gained about 70 lbs. on my small frame and didn't care at the time (for 15 yrs. !!) watched my 18 yr old son take Effexor and gain 60 lbs on his 5 7" frame in about 9 months and not care. Had an aha moment and watched him wean himself off the drug and lose all the weight and so I weaned myself down to 37.5mg every 3 days and have lost 50 lbs and I'm not as depressed and don't feel numb anymore I have an amazing sex drive for the first time since I was a teenager. :). I know this wouldn't work for a lot of people and that's why every story is different. Find a drug AND a dose u can live with and not b numb is the key. Being just numb isn't really living. I have so much more energy now. A healthy diet and exercise are a must! Drugs can't do ALL the work. Don't give up. F 50 10 years
37.5
8/6/2014
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 3  depression initial lightheaded-ness that went away after a few weeks, excessive sweating, sedation at higher doses. IMPORTANT: severe alcohol cravings i have to be fair and give this medicine a 3, because it has been an effective (lol) antidepressant with relatively few side effects, though one side effect was particularly damaging: increasingly dangerous alcoholism. i have intoxicated with many different recreational drugs since i was 16, but excessive drinking was never my thing. until effexor. over time, my alcoholism became rampant, i would binge absurd amounts of alcohol every few days and go into a manic frenzy, hardly feeling drunk more like superhuman. my therapist and psychiatrist know i have a drinking problem, yet effexor was never identified as being a contributing factor. i had to find that out on my own, browsing online message boards and coming across a myriad of people with the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. search "effexor and alcoholism". i lost a job, a great relationship, and a few close friendships over my inability to control my drinking. i'm not totally without personal blame, but i urge anyone who suspects they are experiencing something similar to not let it get out of hand. bring it up with your doctor and try a different medicine- it's not worth it. i've been decreasing my dose over the past weeks and already i've had a few nights where before i would've stocked up on beer, and i passed it up. i'm furious that no health care professional was able to see the connection. i really hope someone sees this review who might need to know this information. M 23 1.5 years
150mg 1X D
7/21/2014
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 5  Anxiety/Depression nausea, slight brain fog Will be increasing dose next week. Felt better right off the bat. Nausea has been the biggest issue. Taken at night. I was initially scared to take it due to the reviews I've read but I'm glad I started and feel better already. F 41 7 days
37.5 1X D
7/9/2014
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 1  Depression made me 100x worse and is addictive in that it is hard to stop without withdrawal It made me so confused it took me 2 ys to realize it was the drug making me depressed ( I will never take any SSRI drug again or allow a loved one to take it) F 50 2 years
300mg 1X D
6/14/2014

 4  Increased depression Complete loss of libido, tingling (feels like fingers are asleep) in fingers I am still currently taking this medication. I Had increased depression and was placed on this medication as an second antidepressant. I had maxed out Celexa and still had depression. I am still taking Wellbutrin XL which I was placed on for severe depression 12 years ago. As soon as I started taking the Effexor I noticed a complete loss of interest in sex. The combination of medication initially was working and I will take that any day over wanting sex. In the last week I have noticed my fingers on left hand feeling like they are asleep. The sensation will increase if I am using my hand. In the last month I have noticed my bipolar signs and symptoms have increased and have become rapid cycling. I am completely miserable in my current living and work environment, so I thought this factor was the reason for my nasty mood swings. But now I'm not to sure the Effexor is working. As any one else experienced tingling in their fingers? F 31 4 months
150 mg 1X D
6/8/2014

 4  Depressed State Have been on this medication MORE than 10 yrs. No option given to reply as such! Initially I had a little nauseau as I was adjusted up to 300 mg of the XR. Wasn't bad and my psychiatrist did part of 'ramp up' in hospital to get me leveled out at 300 ASAP within medical protocal. In 15 years, have been cross-treated with other meds. but always took at least 150 Effexor. I remain on 300. Kicker is running out if out of town OR not getting your RX picked up. Went 5 days without! Withdrawal is horrid! F 55 10 years
300mg XR
5/30/2014
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 4  depression, anxiety attacks Tiredness, not movitaved, extreme headaches,vertigo, body shocks, brain zaps, weight gain, constipation. If I miss a dose the next day is hell, headaches I've never experienced ever, vertigo/dizziness. The drug works for my anxiety but sometimes have to take a xanax (mostly in the winter) I have been on effexor before and it took a long time to wean off. But once I sucked up the withdrawal symptoms it did eventually go away. About six months later I had another severe panic attack so went back on it. I'm fine as long as I don't miss a dose.. I don't have a lot of energy and when I get home from work all I want to do is lay around. I would like to try another anti depressant just because I've heard a few don't have as extreme withdrawal symptoms but until then I'll just keep taking it Caz its better then panic attacks F 28 2 years
75
5/30/2014

 1  Anxiety NEVER TAKE THIS DRUG ! I took Effexor initially for anxiety problems. After 1 year of treatment, my anxiety was gone. I tried to stop, but I had panic attacks much stronger than I had before Effexor. So I restarted to take it, tried to stop it , failed to stop it, restarted, tried to stop it, failed, restarted, etc, etc for 7 years… I succeeded in passing 37.5 mg for 1 year, then reducing to 3 months. I lived a hell : insomnia, anxiety attack, headache, extreme sadness, depersonalization, nausea, diarrhea, chest pain, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision and tinnitus. Thanks to my psychiatrist I managed to stop. Since then, I always have a permanent tinnitus in both ears , large vision problems (hyper sensitivity to light , ophthalmic migraine ) and no more memory ... If I could go back , I will never take Effexor . It totally upsets my life, and I keep sequels I would have all my life ... M 32 8 years
75mg 1X D
5/13/2014
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 4  Depression Zoloft made me nauseous so I begn Effexor XR. I had no problems wit the drug all these years. In March, my doctor elevated the dosage to 225mg. and in April 300 mg. By the beginning of June I became depressed and had a horrible panic attack. I called the doc and made an appointment. In the mean time, I took my dose down to 225 mg and 150 mg. F 65 11 years
150 mg 1X D
5/9/2014
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 1  depression, anxiety drowsiness, delirium, constipation, fatigue, weakness, listlessness, insomnia withdrawal was awful. had brain shocks, psychotic symptoms (heard voices, hypergraphia) cataplexic episodes. F 19 8 months
50 1X D
5/6/2014
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 1  depression Coming off this drug after 10 yrs is HELL! Doctors dont warn you about this when throwing you on it. My advice, dont do it! It's simply a cover up your feelings drug....seriously, don't take it! Crying, brain zaps, nausea, vomiting, serious mood swings....ect...no sex drive, weight gain..... F 32 10 years
300-35.7mg
4/25/2014
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 5  Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety Missing 1 dosage can lead to uncomfortable withdrawal effects (called "brain shivers). Causes a mild case of erectile dysfunction. Causes night sweats. Took Effexor XR for around a year and it helped even with the first small dosage. Was happier more frequently and less anxious in most situations. Depression was practically non-existent after a few months (along with the help of therapy). However, last few months with Effexor XR became difficult for side effects mentioned (took Wellbutrin to combat the side effects and it did it well, but was risky and dangerous due to a higher risk of seizures from high amounts of serotonin). Despite the side effects, would recommend Effexor XR as its effective and its side effects are not as bad as other anti-depressents. M 22 1 years
300mg 1X D
4/16/2014

 1  Depression Dizziness, nausea, headache, and disorientation/confusion upon missing a dose. Caused insomnia and nervousness no matter what time of day that I took my pill. I am currently going through withdrawal and am experiencing nausea, headaches, brain zaps, body aches, hallucinations, diarrhea, and extreme depression/feelings of hopelessness, although I am handling the latter well with new medication. F 22 4 months
150mg
3/8/2014
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 5  PAIN sweet more, and you do not want to start it and then quite taking it, or take it and forget it when going out of town. But besides that , what a huge difference it makes on my pain , I had a doctor , want to try this , I trusted her and I am very glad I did.... Have taken it for 15 years, if you have any questions please ask.Thanks M 53 15 years
150 1X D
2/14/2014
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 5  Depression and panic attacks I have been on numerous ssris including celexa, Zoloft, Prozac and others. I didn't have any prominent side effects on most (excluding Zoloft, terrible for me) but with that said, they helped mildly, they took off the edge. I was on Prozac for about three years but after moving to northern Alberta from southern, the winters became harsh on my depression. I had it increased but still no luck, Prozac was just no longer cutting it. It was during my finals that I visited a walk in clinic in hopes to get another increase. The doctor said that i most likely had sad and decided to change my meds. My mom being an RN was furious at this, she couldn't believe that he would change my medication without knowing me or at least consulting with my psychiatrist (back home) I kept to my Prozac until the end of my finals. I did research online and came across so many haunting reviews and even debated not taking it at all. The first day after taking it, I had headaches and I'd wake up to vision issues this lasted about 14 days and they intensified when tweaking with the dosages. I am happy that I stuck to this medication, within two month I began to feel what I imagine others describe as happiness, something I had so rarely experienced. My panic attacks had improved tremendously, I am now able to drive within city limits without feeling anxious. My outlook on life has completely changed, I'm the happiest I have ever been. Its trial and error, best of luck to you all. F 20 6 months
150 mg
2/3/2014
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 4  anxiety attacks lack of sexual arousal, low libido I have been taking Effexor XR for about 15 years. I love it. My dosage seems low compared to all the comments here. My doctor started me on 37.5mg and then upped it (he said to tell him when I felt like it was working). At 75mg I felt NORMAL for the first time in my life. Now after taking it for almost 15 years I have recently had 2 anxiety attacks and loss of mental concentration. I am going to ask my doctor up my dose to 150mg. The side effects are well worth the normalcy I feel. It has allowed me to function better in my career and in my family. I have no doubt that without it I would not have been able to work in my current job or have the healthy relationship I have with my children. F 56 15 years
75mg 1X D
2/1/2014

 4  depression M 60 12 years
75 MG 2X D
1/23/2014

 1  Depression and anxiety Severe withdrawal symptoms. Dizziness and "electric zaps" to the brain. M 39 1 years
75 MG
1/20/2014
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 4  I worried about things Everything was great on it...trying to wean myself off of it is a different story. I have tried twice and I get so dizzy that I can't function. Needless to say, I'm still on it. So afraid to try quitting it again... F 38 2 years
37.5
12/27/2013

 4  Depression While I have been on Effexor, I have identified side effects like asexuality - also, other sexual side effects; including: Ejaculation problems, and reduced climax intensity. There are also more mild effects on my sleep - Night sweats, and vivid dreaming. I do not mind these as they are not bad enough to be particularly unpleasant. M 18 1.5 years
300mg 1X D
12/8/2013

 1  depression, chronic pain Mood changes, more depressed,hostile thoughts,cold sweats,vomiting, agitation,aggression,trouble sleeping,crying spells, mind wanders of into lala land. Suicidal thoughts, very scary. Do your home work on this dangerous drug before taking it. It may work for some folks, the complaints i have looked at are bad. FDA should ban this drug. F 57 6 months
150-37.5 2X D
11/8/2013

 1  Anxiety Nausea,panic attacks, no sleep, loss from reality, headaches,shakes F 22 1 days
10/9/2013

 3  depression and anxiety Complete loss of sex drive. Unable to maintain an erection. Dry mouth and constant "clinching" of my leg muscles. It's driving me nuts The med did help significantly with my depression and anxiety, but the side effects outweigh the benefit of the drug. Dr prescribed 300mg of Welbutrin in addition to the Effexor to offset the side effects. No improvements. Just jumpy now. M 41 2 months
150 1X D
9/17/2013
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 4  Clinical Depression Loss of motivation. F 62 7 years
150mg
9/14/2013

 4  menopausal symptoms reduction in number of hot flashes. I was begging for return of my hormone therapy and doc suggested this. It works. My problem is that after a hospitalization I had "depression" listed on my problem list because why else would someone take an anti-depressant? Oh well, it works. F 62 9 months
75 1X D
9/5/2013

 3  Depression/Anxiety Anyone experience odd side effects where this completely 100% wipes out *ALL* types of "Anxiety"---meaning "Even the good type anxiety" (you know "Good type" meaning that you're properly rushing to make it to an appointment, etc. My friend years ago, his side effects were so severe (He moved homes/states--which is "depressing" for him anyway. However, on 300mcg of effexor. ended up having his car repossessed and this is a very "High Functioning" individual (ie. not abusive with Finances,etc.) He just completely 100% lost motivation. (there was a mix up in mail, thus 2-payments-1 not mae at move-another not forwarded. Anyway, I am now having the same side effects. Laughing, I even tell my friend I've lost motivation to even go to the bathroom. When I feel I need to go, I'll be like "Eh, I'll get to it in a few hours". Anyone else? LORD! Cymbalta was even *WORSE* Effexor I can at least go walk the dog when he wants out. Cymbalta, I lost *ALL* 100% *ALL* motivation. Let be be clear, this was *NOT* depression (I've had varying degrees my adult life, so I know that feeling and I Know "Anxiety". also know there is "Proper" Anxiety as well . Again, makeing sure you "hustle" to make an appointment on time,etc.etc. (Anxiety wrong word but "Motivation"). Anyway, curious if others have this "Issue". One could argue well, the drugs working. Yeah, but if I take 1/2 my dose, does not work at all. Anyway, looking for similar experiences. What you did to overcome. M 40 5 years
150mg 2X D
9/2/2013
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 1  Anxiety and Depression Started off feeling great, a few months later- terrible! Totally numb, couldn't summon any feelings, even toward my partner. Put on a huge amount of weight. Constantly constipated. Not motivation. Exhaustion that was so bad I couldn't get out of bed. Panic attacks came back. Am now tapering off and it's hell. Wish I never started F 25 5 years
150mg
9/1/2013
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 1  agoraphobia, panic, and depression Severe diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, dehydration, unconsciousness. I only took one dose of Effexor. It made me sick within 6 hours of taking the pill. I spent the entire night in the bathroom, and my sister found me on the floor the next morning. I remember thinking I should call 911 at one point, but I didn't have the strength to get to the phone. And then I decided I didn't want to go to the hospital anyway; I was fine with dying on the floor (it definitely altered my mood in a bad way). I was in bed for a week afterwards. It was the first antidepressant I had ever taken, and the experience was so horrible and frightening it took over a year for my doctor to convince me to try something else. F 34 1 days
75 mg 1X D
7/3/2013

 3  depression anxiety lowered sex drive, could have been better for anxiety. Ok for dealing with a full blown depression. M 45 6 years
75-150mg 1X D
7/2/2013

 5  Social anxiety disorder Dizziness the first 2 days and feeling yucky in the evening, vivid dreams, yawning, dilated pupils, night sweats for a few days. Moved from paxil to effexor. I immediately stopped the paxil and started the effexor -- no paxil withdrawals. Paxil had made me a sleepy hungry slob who could not have an orgasm (It took about an hour to ejaculate, therefore getting off sexually was tiring, frustrating, and not practical). Effexor has been excellent. Much more effective for me than the paxil was, and without the horrendous side effects. I hear some people find effexor too activating to be used for anxiety. In my case, I disagree with that very much. This med has blasted SSRI's out of the water with regards to side effects and symptomatic control of anxiety in social settings. I am not emotionally flat nor zombie-like on this med. Keep a few caps stashed away somewhere. You have to be responsible while taking this med. Keep to the routine. It's like the insulin of psych meds, you do not want to be caught without it on short notice. The withdrawals can and will be a nightmare if you are not careful with this med. M 22 1.5 months
150 mg 1X D
6/27/2013

 1  Depression My blurb here is based on 2 experiences - the first was when I forgot my medication at home while travelling on business. The other is when I discontinued the medication. This medication is terrible. My new psychiatrist said that this stuff was a "killer." A killer.... can you beat that with a stick. When I forgot my meds at home on a business trip I felt like I was going to DIE. I was anxious and paranoid, felt like my skin was peeling off...pretty much the worst plane ride home EVER. After experiencing that I decided to discontinue the med shortly after. The next 3 weeks was TRAUMATIC. I experienced paranoid hallucinations (which I never had before), terrible anxiety BUT the worst thing were the "brain shocks" that would zap through my skull every 30-45 seconds. NO JOKE. It felt like someone stuck a car battery charger against my head then turned it on. I don't recommend this medication at all. Pls look for an alternative. M 35 2 months
175 1X D
6/26/2013
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 3  Depression & Social Anxiety Initially: Erectile Dysfunction, Decreased Cognitive Ability, Memory Issues, Sudden Weight Gain, Horrific Withdrawal Symptoms (vertigo, spinning room, nausea, light and movement sensitivity... lasted 2 weeks, was bed ridden) This medication is an effective anti-depressant. You can expect to have a 2-3 month lead in with annoying side effects. Every dose increase will bring those side effects back. Once my body had adjusted, all the side effects left me, and my mood was balanced and lifted. My social anxiety did not improve, but I believe I have a dopamine deficiency. Expect to be off work if you are coming off this medication. DO NOT miss a dose, DO NOT discontinue without speaking to your doctor and reducing doses slowly. You will regret it if you don't. Make sure this is something you want to take long term, as it is something you do not want to start and stop. M 26 12 months
150 mg 1X D
5/16/2013
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 1  Depression & anxiety Erectile dysfunction, disturbed sleep, less muscle tone, blood pressure problems, trouble concentrating and with fine motor movement, anger, violence, bad dreams, Took this after switching from lexapro because it caused ED. Doctor prescribed this, made it worse, much worse. Permanent ED. No morning erections. Feel very bad about life now and very alone. M 27 2 years
75mg 1X D
5/12/2013
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 4  Anxiety/depression Tiredness lethargy loss of libido but it did work wonders for my depression. M 67 1 years
150mg
4/30/2013

 5  Depression, GAD, social anxiety Increased sweating I am a psychiatry resident, and I just want to say that all ratings from people who have taken any SSRI (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox) or SNRI (Effexor, Cymbalta, Pristiq) for less than one month should be completely disregarded. In fact, this site should probably remove them. These meds take at least 3-4 weeks to work like they are supposed to. And yes, people get GI side effects and headaches (since serotonin is mostly in the nervous and GI systems), but these are typically worst on days 3-7 from starting or with a dosage increase, and they do get better. Increased sweating has been my biggest problem with Effexor XR. I have tried switching to Prozac twice (currently I'm on 40 mg of Prozac). The sweating is better for the most part, but I think Effexor was really helping to control my irritable bowel symptoms because it's kind of out of control at the moment (it makes sense due to Effexor's norepinephrine reuptake inhibition, which is the mechanism of the older tricyclic antidepressant nortriptyline that is often used for IBS and other chronic pain syndromes). I've been on varying dosages of Effexor (150, 225, 300 mg). I was doing really well on 150 mg for the past year but again I wanted to sweat less. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go back on Effexor despite the sweating. There are really no magic pills; generally patients need to weigh the benefits and the side effects (which generally improve or disappear). M 27 2.5 years
150 mg 1X D
4/25/2013

 5  I was taking Effexor for anxiety I have dreams quite frequently. I sweat a lot and can be moody at times. All in all I think Effexor has changed my life for the better. People should give it more time to work. It takes 6 weeks for anything to feel any better. Everything has negative side effects you just have to weigh the pros and cons. I think Effexor is wonderful and I won't be stopping anytime soon. F 27 10 years
75 MG
4/24/2013
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 4  Depression/Anxiety Increased blood pressure, jittery, loss of libido, racing heart, irregular heart beat, consipation ... after about five months, horrible rash, hives and itching. I have tried several different meds in the past for my anxiety/depression. I seem to be very sensative to side effects. Effexor really seemed to help level me out and make me feel happy again and not worry so much. But almost immediately, my blood pressure went up and I became very constipated. Then I started experiencing a racing heart and occasionally would feel 1-3 'hard' heart beats every 5-10 minutes. After about 5 months, I suddenly broke out in a rash and hives on my chest, shoulders and neck. My face would become red, flushed and itchy and I'd itch from head to toe. Guess I need to try and get off this stuff and try something else. M 45 5 months
150 mg 1X D
4/8/2013

 5  Sleep dis, menopause, mood swings None, maybe some weight gain I have tried other anti-depressants and could not tolerate Paxil, Prozac, and a few others. This one worked like a miracle. After a week I felt completely normal again. I was sleeping and I felt like my old self. I don't remember the exact dose I was on, but it was a low-moderate dose. After about 6 months I tapered off for another couple of months. F 48 9 months
50 1X D
2/27/2013
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 4  Major depression Weight gain Never ever try to come off cold turkey!! In the process of weaning off by the doctors orders. Tingling in feet, and that is it so far. I can't wait to be off of hs drug! It helped for 6 years, but the weight gain is really getting to me! F 40 6 years
150mg 1X D
2/16/2013
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 2  Depression, generalized anxiety Weight gain. Reduced mental clarity. Heightened emotions. Suicidal thoughts. Withdrawal is a btch. I was on 225 mg for a long time and then tapered down to 37.5 mg. Reason I'm writing this review today is that I was without medicine for 2.5 days and I'm in a dark and uncomfortable place. I ended up in ER twice because of Effexor withdrawal in the past. It may work short term but doctors need to be more careful in the cost-benefit analysis of this medicine. Also, in the event of misdiagnosis (as it was in my case), if you write this drug for a patient who is actually bi-polar, you'll intensify the manias (when most of the suicides etc. occur). M 31 3 years
37.5 1X D
2/14/2013

 4  Depression/anxiety decreased appetite, sexual dysfunction, lightheadedness/dizziness (relatively mild). Most of these have improved but are still present. I started out at 75, then bumped up to 150, 225, and now 300 mg. I feel like 300 mg is a lot but I have had treatment-resistant depression and have been on SSRI's for a couple years so it's not bad. With SSRI's, withdrawals are not bad as long as you taper down. If you are on a high dosage and you cease taking it immediately that's very dangerous. Effexor is not "addicting" in the sense that a narcotic medication like Xanax is, but it does cause chemical changes in the brain (that's how it works) and the readjustment period if you stop taking the medication is considered "withdrawal". As somebody with a substance abuse history, SSRI withdrawals are a joke compared to alcohol or any other narcotic. You can't die from Effexor withdrawal lol. So far the medication has worked fairly well for me. I am finally able to get back to work and I have motivation to do things again. I have no major complaints other than the short half-life of Effexor (make sure you take this med at the same time every day, because withdrawals can kick in just from missing or being late with a single dose).' I also take Trazodone 150 mg to help me sleep and Buspirone 15 mg to help with sexual side effects. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your experience with the med. 99% of side effects (except sexual) get better within the first couple weeks. Hang in there! M 22 3 months
300 1X D
2/13/2013
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 5  Panic Disorder with agoraphobia At first nausea, but that subsided. Also, a small increase in anxiety when starting the med. The only antidepressant that has helped me. I take it with Valium and propranolol, and got my life back! Best of all, I experienced no sexual side effects from this drug, as opposed to the others I've tried. M 26 7 years
150 mg 1X D
1/25/2013

 5  anxiety/depression Lower sex drive This med saved me and my family. Debilitating anxiety, terrible insomnia brought me to the point of ending my life. Effexor XR worked practically instantly improving my ability to fall asleep. As my night sleep got better, anxiety went away. My Dr. telling me to stay on my medication, and I do not have a problem with that because I never want to go back to depression. May be I am just lucky, but I practically have no side effects. F 56 3.5 years
150 1X D
1/21/2013
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 1  anxiety Dry mouth, restless legs, fatigue and drowsiness. The worst part of about this drug is it eventually did nothing for my anxiety, and when I tried to discontinue it several times, I had rebound anxiety so bad I had to go back on it to relieve it. This was a vicious cycle that went on all four years. I would not recommend taking this drug or any SSRIs. They do not work and they are addictive, no matter what your doctor says. You will get hooked on them as bad as heroin or cocaine. It will be impossible to ever stop them. They cause brain damage like short term memory loss and dementia. All the SSRIs are bad. Don't ever start them. F 53 4 years
75 mg 1X D
1/13/2013
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 3  Depression Weight gain, emotional numbness, muscles sore, constipation, Restless Legs, do not even THINK about sex and memory loss that made me think I was getting dementia ( that runs in my family). I asked my Dr. to take me off effexor because of memory loss. He told me to take 1/2 tablet (75mg) for 2 weeks; then 1/4 tablet (37.5mg) for 2 weeks then 1/4 tab every other day for 2 weeks. I could not tolerate the every other day because of the "brain zaps" so I took 1/8 tab (18.75mg) daily for 2 weeks. I then stopped taking any amount and the brain zaps increased and I was a crying, sobbing mess! I cried at everything and at nothing! So...I am taking 1/16 tab (9.375mg) and it has stopped the brain zaps and minimized the crying spells. This is RIDICULOUS!!! Will I ever get off this stuff??? F 65 8 years
150 MB 1X D
1/6/2013
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 1  Depression,anxiety gained a lot of weight. I didn't wan't to miss a dose because withdrawl starts right away. I didn't realize I was gaining so much weight. It just started slowly coming on and before I knew it 3 years later I had gained about 30 plus lbs. I suggest trying almost anything before this, and if you do go on this drug be prepared for a living hell getting off of it. There have been a few that had minimal issues getting off of it but the majority including myself wen't through a special effexor version of hell. That possibility is my warning to anyone who wants to give it a try. Keep in mind the websites by the drug makers of effexor gloss this truth over. So look into it well before taking it because I sure didn't. Weaned myself off very slowly because I just wasn't getting enough good out of it and it was unpleasant if I was late taking my next dose or if I missed it for some reason. this is one med that you better not miss getting a perscription filled for. Finally got off this pill and lost 30 lbs over about a year without even trying. F 37 3 years
75 1X D
12/21/2012
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 1  Depression and intrusive thoughts Heart palpitations (beat at 140bpm) whole body numbness and weakness (couldnt lift my arms or walk without help) whole body tingling/burning, couldn't breathe or speak, felt like I was dying. Ended up in hospital. Stopped on day 5 and all symptoms went away. Do not take this drug!!!!!! F 21 4 days
37.5mg
12/18/2012

 3  Depression Stimulation, Restless leg, tingling in legs and feet, nausea, Dizziness, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, aggression. M 20 30 days
37.5MG 2X D
12/6/2012
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