EFFEXOR XR Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (2210 Ratings)

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 4  Migraines I have been taking 75 mg per day for 3 years, initially prescribed for my ever lasting migraines. After 6 months my migraines has stopped. It helped me a lot, but I have gained weight a lot too. Constipation is constant while taking, I got vision problems and missing a dose is like hell. F 43 3 years
75 1X D
10/12/2021
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 1  Depression Low libido, increased irritability, more emotional at random times, headaches, horrible and vivid nightmares If I miss a dose, god help me. Brain zaps, mood swings, panic attacks, emotional breakdowns, nausea, fatigue, vertigo, irritation, depression, night sweats, more violent nightmares than usual F 22 1 years
225 MG 1X D
7/9/2021
 5  Anxiety and Claustrophobia Orgasm problems Some weight gain Brain zaps if I miss a dose Even with the above side effects I am thankful for this drug. I started taking it the year 1996. I had tremendous amount of stress in my life at that time. I started out on 37.5 mg non extended release tablets . Over the course of a few months I leveled off at 75 mg extended release and was fine at that dosage for 23 years. My body became accustomed to that dose and the year 2019 my dr increased the dose to 150mg I do not feel like a zombie. I have the same personality. I can still cry if something is sad. I'll take it forever. Thanks F 59 21 years
150 mg 1X D
6/10/2021
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 3  Depression Anxiety Intrusive though Weight gain (Ugh!) Sleepiness My depression was the worst it had ever been when I started taking Effexor. It truly did help with how depressed, sad, irritable, and just plain MEAN I was. It's only been 3 months and I've gone from weighing 119lbs (on March 12th) to weighing 140lbs (as of today, June 8th) The only time I've ever weighed this much, was when I was pregnant. I've always been a tall and slender woman.... Until Effexor. I tracked my weight gain and was gaining at LEAST 1 pound every day, sometimes 2. It also makes me incredibly sleepy. About 20-30 minutes after I take it, I get so sleepy. I have Narcolepsy and struggle to stay awake enough as it is, the Effexor makes it impossible for the first hour or so after I take it. 40mg of (prescribed) Adderall doesn't even help me to fight the Effexor sleepiness. I hate it! I'm thinking about weaning off of it and I'm hoping that since it's only been 3 months, the withdrawal effects won't be TOO debilitating. I took Paxil a few years ago and the withdrawal off of that nearly ended my life, so to say I'm scared would be a massive understatement. F 35 3 months
75MG 1X D
6/8/2021
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 3  Anxiety and OCD Difficulty concentrating and sleeping. Increased my desire for alcohol. Decreased my sex drive. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit disorder. I tried many different medications, and for all of its side effects, Effexor works best for me. I cannot take some generic versions, which is unfortunate. Withdrawals are indeed a living hell. F 52 10 years
75 mg 1X D
6/3/2021
 4  Anxiety, depression Dry mouth from time to time. Possible mild intermittent brain fog. It helped me through a difficult period. Breast cancer treatment, damage to home from tornado and temporary relocation and rebuild trauma. Covid isolation and ridiculous restrictions were more tolerable also. Definitely a game changer to help me cope. F 69 1 years
37.5 mg 1X D
5/30/2021
 1  Depression/Anxiety Initially I became drowsy and laid down for a bit, but then when it really kicked in I was so dizzy I was holding on to the walls so I wouldn't fall down. My BP went through the roof: 170/90 and my anxiety did, too. Much worse than before. I not only lost my appetite, but I couldn't eat anything at all. Nausea and diarrhea, too. I called my doc and he said to stop taking it, but I was sick with these symptoms for 3 days even though the drug supposedly is out of your system 28-30 hours after taking it. If your doc prescribes it, ask about Celexa or Lexapro. These Rx are the second and third generations of Effexor. Far fewer side effects, softer on the system. I wish I had known this before I took it. F 67 1 days
75 mg 1X D
12/7/2020
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 1  Depression/anxiety worsening weird thoughts, eyelid twitching,racing heart,palpitations, I have taken effexor xr in the past around 10 years ago had no problems with it then so I tried it again and now they say I'm allergic to it. F 46 2 months
35.7 1X D
12/3/2020
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 3  Depression Sexual anorgasmia, night sweats, sleep paralysis, if I missed a dose my whole day and the next would be off. My depression got better but coming off of Effexor is a nightmAre. I would recommend something else F 23 4 years
125 1X D
12/2/2020
 1  Fibromyalgia At first no side effects and my feet started feeling a little better after a week and i wasnt being a bitch but then after 2 weeks I started to get wicked tired and fatigue. I didnt want to clean my house did not shower or leave the house for 2 weeks . I honestly probably took three showers in two weeks.. Gross i know. Then the weight gain -- super hungry and i cant go to the gym anymore because my body kills so that pretty much sucked. Coming off it sucks even more. I feel like im tripping all the time. The nerves in my face go crazy my lip tingles and goes numb. Im having migraines from hell for a week straight. The night sweats are disgusting . i can not drive at night because it's causing extreme light sensitivity and blury vision. And sex... Is not even a thought . i recommend this drug to no one. F 40 1 months
75 1X D
11/20/2020
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 4  Depression and anxiety Side effects are mild. I get hot easily, but that could be my age. Actually had better sex! Helped me to calm down. Worry about long-term effects. F 56 1 years
225 1X D
10/29/2020
 1  Depression Horrible Nightmares Dizziness Drowsiness Lost appetite Increased Sweating No Libido Gained 20lbs - cannot lose Avoid this med at all costs. F 64 2 years
150mg 1X D
10/16/2020
 5  Depression, suicidal ideation Loss of interest in sex, occasional upset stomach, hot flashes/sweating (worse at first, now maybe for a few minutes a few times a week), decreases alcohol tolerance The sexual side effects are a bummer, but overall my experience with this drug has been fantastic. I went very quickly from being in a dark place and on the verge of suicide to feeling hopeful, grateful, and patient with myself and others, all in the midst of a pandemic and general national and personal chaos. I wish I had started this ages ago. it feels amazing to me now how much energy I was expending just to get through the day before. Cutting down on sex and drinking feels like a small price to pay for a functioning brain. M 34 4 months
150 MG 1X D
10/15/2020
 4  Anxiety Depression Weight Loss 1.2 kg per week. Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection, difficulty ejaculating, sometimes not a problem. Night sweats. Lots of yawning at first but not tired, yawing now mostly stopped. Nausea at first but now mostly stopped. Appetite decreased, no interest in binge eating, loss of interest in alcohol and coffee. I feel like I think I should be feeling. Anxiety and depression are 85-90% gone. Big big improvement. Very happy to be taking this pill. Wish I was taking this years earlier. Nervous about coming off of it based on others comments plus I missed a pill one day and definitely noticed real mood issues surface, the next morning I woke up and realised I missed the previous days pill and realised why my mood the previous day was so bad. Very happy with the weight loss! I have lost interest in binging on chips and cheese etc... I still enjoy them but a reasonable portion is enough. I've lost interest in alcohol and coffee. Cut my coffee intake down from 6 cups a day to 2. M 48 5 weeks
75mg 1X D
10/7/2020
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 1  Anxiety / Depression Difficulty swallowing, panic attack, heart racing, zombie like, no appetite, no sex drive, terrible heartburn, extreme lethargy, emotionless, dilated pupils, excessive sleeping, migraines, bruising, extreme hair loss - AFTER ONLY 3 DAYS!!! I was supposed to double douse after 4 days but couldn't image taking more of this and quit. F 37 3 days
75 1X D
10/5/2020
 1  Migraines 30lb weight gain, headaches and dizziness after 20mins of taking the dose, severe diarrhea all day, loss of appetite, burning eyes, hot flashes with extreme sweating, and swelling of my right Anxillary lymph nodes, fatigue My neurologist who put me on this drug does not believe any of my symptoms are related to this drug but if you look at my medical records I started rapidly gaining weight 3 weeks after taking my first initial dose. As the months wore on, I became unable to do anything as I would have either a headache or migraine every day and could barely do anything except chores in the house with many breaks throughout the day. It has killed my quality of life and I hate having to feel like I have the flu every single day! This drug should have a massive warning label on it about all the side effects it can cause including the very rare ones. Doctors need to research before putting patients on drugs that could make their disease worse. F 35 8 months
75mg 1X D
9/21/2020
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 1  Anxiety, Depression Weight Gain (35lbs), Fatigue, Worsening Depression to the point of being suicidal. Felt no improvement but continued to take it just to prevent the withdrawal symptoms. The brain zaps were the worse. F 37 1 years
75 MG 1X D
8/27/2020
 4  Depression and anxiety Weight loss, loss of concentration Helped with my depression more than the anxiety. Makes me not want to cry everyday so I know it's working. F 34 1 years
150 1X D
8/18/2020
 3  Depression Excessive weight gain 25lbs, extremely hard to get off of....many highs and lows F 46 2 years
75mg 2X D
8/11/2020
 5  Anxiety Weight gain of 30 lbs over 3 years. Stabilized now. Increased thirst. Side effects I can live with. All in all this drug has helped me greatly. Works for me. M 52 3 days
150 1X D
8/10/2020
  

EFFEXOR XR  (VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  Venlafaxine is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). It may improve your mood and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may also decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. Venlafaxine is known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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