Average Rating: 2.8 (49 Ratings)

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 5  Depression Dizzy, can't sleep, stomach pain. M 73 21 days
120mg 1X D
 1  Depression and Anxiety Flushing, dizzy, electric headache, heart rate increase First starting has major face flush and then subsided. I thought this was a perfect drug til I developed major effects, flushing came back, and my head felt electric and chest pains , my pulse was high. I am currently just finished reducing my prescription 60mg to 40mg for 2 weeks and then 20mg for 2 weeks. It's been hell. I have been many different types of medicine and this is far the worse I have ever experienced. I feel terrible . F 41 2 years
60mg 1X D
 5  For depression Dizzy at first, sweating and vivid dreams much better now . I am so happy now that I finally found something that's helping me with depression , anxiety attacks and panic attacks . Extremely satisfied . Would definitely recommend this . F 55 0 days
 4  MDD Heart palpitations Iíve been taking Fetzima for a year and half. It feels like itís stopped working. Iíd like to increase it or what can I add along with it . M 50 1 days
 1  MDD First few days I felt better. However, then started the headaches, blurry vision, sweating, stomach pain and extreme irritability and mood swings. I have a highly stressful job dealing with difficult clients and the side effects of this medication made me afraid I would do something to lose my job, which is totally unlike me. Scary stuff! F 59 3 weeks
 5  Depression, ADHD Dizziness first few days but subsided. Blurry vision corrected with lubricating drops. I have never felt this great in my life. No more racing thoughts and I SLEEP! I wake up feeling great and have energy throughout the day. Fetzima is giving me the life I never knew I was missing. 45 8 days
 1  Depression Nausea, dizziness, sweaty, all around bad feeling F 66 25 days
20 to 80
 2  Major depression Anger outbursts, excessive sweating but cold and clammy, feel like fainting upon standing, BP drops suddenly upon standing, tetanus, vision blurry, pounding heart in ears (whooshing), unable to close hand and grip things, numb flat emotionless . Weight gain. At first i thought i finally found something that worked- tried every antidepressa u can think of none helped n bad side affects . I had more energy and it did stop the deep sadness and sobbing at first but from beginning i would lash out suddenly then calm then lash out- quick to anger, began sobbing again after stopping 2 days,. I am stoppeing due to fainting and high BP n stopped helping, confused and loosing time. All the side affects others experienced including increased pain speciallyin upper back stiffness increased in lower back along with pain. Spacy ADD worse. . Sad this did not work. F 54 12 months
 5  Depression/Social anxiety/ADHD First 2 weeks: Vasodilation, Increased blood pressure and HR, early awaking feeling refreshed and energized, stimulation, euphoria, brain zaps This is a miracle drug and it cured my treatment resistant depression because i tried all the SSRI's, other SNRI's, tricyclics, Brintellix, Abilify, Latuda, Lithium. Beside Pristiq that worked for 9 months and Anafranil that is the most effective but too many side effects, Fetzima is the most effective with the least side effects for me. I take it in combination with Lamictal 200 mg, Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, Adderall XR 40 mg and zopiclone 7.5 mg for sleep and i feel fantastic, no social anxiety anymore, I have more energy, better focus and concentration, more productive. By the way, people that didn't go through the initial side effects and tried it for at least 8 to 12 weeks shouldn't put reviews because it's not significant and when you say don't take this drug, you may discourage some people that could get better on Fetzima. Actually, I missed the initial brain zaps, I loved the feeling. M 39 2 months
80 MG 1X D
 5  depression headaches, nausea, burning sensation in groin, eye pain, blurred vision, racing heart, racing thoughts, insomnia Fetzima is crazy expensive, but it works. Check fetzima.com for coupons, it may or may not make it affordable for you. If you have been on it for a couple weeks and you are still experiencing side effects, talk to your doctor about your dosage. The dosage might be too high. If you have eye pain or blurred vision, you probably have dry eyes. The eye pain and blurred vision should go away if you use lubricating eye drops 4-5 time a day (not Visine, not Opcon-A, use lubricants only). M 55 2 months
40 mg 1X D
 1  Depression Irrirability,crying spells, depressed more,negative Getting off of it!! May try something else. F 65 15 days
 2  MDD & anxiety No issues 2 days on 20mg, some dizziness & headache w 7 days at 40mg. Hit almost all of the worst side effects at 80mg. BP raised to 230/130, pulse rate 115. Severe headaches, eye pain, hot flashes then chills, nausea, vertigo 24/7, extreme light sensitivity due to pupil dilation, insomnia then irritabity, agitation. Fetzima worked on improving my depression & anxiety. Got out and enjoyed life except for the on going vertigo, sweating, headache & eye pain. ER room said stop Fetzima. Saw cardiologist and had to add a BP med to control the side effects. Saw opthalmologist on eyes. No damage from increased eye pressure. 10 days off of Fetzima and BP is lower but still 158/117. Pulse rate still 115-133. ER said a continued pulse rate of 133 meant I had to return to the hospital. Added another BP med to control pulse rate. It is decreasing BP slowly, but not controlling pulse rate, and the new meds side effect is dizziness (damn). Still have vertigo, eye pain, sweating & headaches. No doctor will say if these side effects and heart issues will resolve ever, or if they are permanent. Even though Fetzima was helping MDD I would never consider adding lots new meds for BP, glaucoma, headaches, eye pain and dizziness to offset the terrible Fetzima side effects, and be able to survive it. F 62 35 days
 5  Depression/Social anxiety disorder First 2 weeks: heart palpitations, tachycardia, hot flashes, increased sweating, irritablity, reduced appetite, weight loss (10 lbs), insomnia, agitation. After 2 weeks: no side effects at all. By far the best antidepressant I tried. I tried so many like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Cymbalta, Brintellix, Elavil, Seroquel, Abilify, Latuda, Pristiq and Wellbutrin. They were not effective at all beside Pristiq and wellbutrin. I still take Wellbutrin XL 300 mg with my Fetzima, Adderall XR 40 mg and Lamictal 100 mg. With Fetzima I have more energy, motivation and concentration. I'm more comfortable in public and more sociable. I am able to work more hours and be more effective at work. My mood is better and I was able to make a lot of new friends. Fetzima saved my life. M 38 2 months
40 mg 1X D
 1  MDD, Anxiety disorder with panic weight gain, increased sweating Does not work at all for me. Still have anxiety attacks. F 61 2 years
120 1X D
 4  Zoloft stopped working This medication is working - more energy and far less depression so far. No real side effects except sweating but I can live with it Have been on many meds over the years and will stick with this and hopefully get back to feeling well F 61 2 weeks
 1  clinical depression, anxiety First 30 days: migraines, nausea, vomiting Longterm: fogginess, irritability, increased depression, suicidal ideations F 35 90 times
80mg 1X D
 2  Depression and anxiety Some increased energy, chest pain, mild nausea, severe agitation, no patience, finally flat affect When I first started, the increased energy was very welcome! Thought I'd found the one. As I went into week 3 the agitation/aggression at in. I had absolutely no patience with anyone or anything. My psych increased the dose to see if the agitation would lessen, which it did, but then I was left feeling flat and not like myself at all. I was also taking 2.5mg of abilify with this. Asked my doctor to try something else. F 41 4 weeks
 5  Depression Lightheadedness upon standing at times, increased energy. I've tried Cymbalta and Effexor and did not tolerate the side effects of those drugs. I have not had any of those side effects with Fetzima and have noticed a huge improvement in my depression. I have increased energy, no sexual side effects as with Effexor and Cymbalta, and slight weight loss so far. This has worked for me. F 42 45 days
80mg 1X D
 1  Depression & OCD First week on 40 mgs. - manic like episode. Hyper, racing thoughts, laughing hysterically...couldn't sleep. Doctor reduced dosage to 20 mgs. - Crying jags everyday, severe sudden depression, feeling hopeless, even suicidal. Angry, agitated, feel like I'm starving all the time. Binge eating I really wanted Fetzima to work, after being on Lexapro for 17 yrs and feeling like it had stopped working for me. I'm going off this though, I don't think I'll survive another month if I stay on this horrible drug. It's been unbearable. Going back on Lexapro! F 50 1 months
40 MG
 1  Major depression SEVERE constipation SEVERE anger Increased headaches, continuing even after being off med for several months This is NASTY. I had severe constipation & abdominal pain. Fiber & miralax didn't help. Needed 2 laxatives. I was also very angry & irritable all the time. No patience or tolerance. I have always been extremely patient. Felt like throwing things almost all the time. I feared I would throw things & hurt my cats. Thankfully I did neither. I am still VERY quick to anger & impatience. NOT me at all. Will this ever stop? Migraines & tension headaches increased in severity & frequency. STILL increased after several months off this crap. Good thing I'm disabled or I would have been fired for missing too much work. As it is, my volunteer position has cut my hours, so I guess that's being demoted. Grrrrrr :( :( F 58 3 weeks
40 mg

FETZIMA  (LEVOMILNACIPRAN HYDROCHLORIDE):  Levomilnacipran is used to treat depression. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain. Levomilnacipran belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It may improve your mood, sleep, and appetite and may help restore your interest in daily living.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)