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Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on Effexor for couple of months and I have to say it really works. I am telling you if I wasn't on this medication I wouldn't know how to function right and there would be probably a lot of crying and not wanting to do anything and beating myself up which I hate and now I feel so much better.
venlafaxine for Anxiety and Stress: I started taking Effexor XR 150mg 6 months ago after 8 years of no treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. I have to say this has worked great. I'm me again. I feel like I should have taken this 8 years ago when my problems first started. There are side effects but I can live with them.
venlafaxine for Panic Disorder: Been on Effexor XR/ Venlafaxine ER 75 mgs. for a number of years now to damp down the panic attacks I began having at 3 am every morning (like clockwork) some time after menopause. Very effective at stopping the panic attacks once I got up to blood level (about 8 weeks). In between took Lorazepam nightly until the Venlafaxine kicked in. Due to intense itching and some hives, as well as fatigue, on the Venlafaxine. I switch to 37.5 mgs. here and there for a day, which has helped. Killed my sex drive, however, and periodically have headaches.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety: Works well to stop my anxiety. I can participate in life again and I am doing things that I used to do. Started with 75 mg started to become more effective at 150 mg. Some side effects but they are getting better with time.
venlafaxine for Fibromyalgia: Been on this medicine for Fybromyalgia for 4 days and it has made a lot of difference already. I am on the very low dose at the moment 37.5mg and am titrating up to 75mg after the first week. I feel sick in the morning before I eat (which I don't usually do until lunch time) but after a coffee this feeling subsides enough to manage. I have tried about 6 other medicines over the past 12 months and the side effects of them all were intolerable. However if I can take this medicine with the effect it has already had then I will be happy.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on this medication for 12 mths now. The only side effect is being extremely tired. However this is much better than the depression I was experiencing. I've always had moments however after having a traumatic child birth, and various other family issues it quickly increased. It has basically saved my marriage and allows me to now enjoy the time with my beautiful children.
I have struggled to lose weight (still from my second child), however I am also using the Mirena which seems to have negative reviews in this area. So I'm looking to remove it.
I'm glad I have read the other posts, as I'm more confident that the removal of the Mirena will allow me to lose the few kilo's that I have, as I need to stay on the Effexor a little longer.
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I'll start by telling you that I tried both Celexa and Lexapro. Celexa did fairly well, but Lexapro...that's a story for another time. I went to my doctor and told her I couldn't do Lexapro anymore. She prescribed me venlafaxine. In all honesty, I could tell a difference within the first few days. My panic attacks were fewer and further between, and I felt the dark cloud lifting. I've been on it for approximately two months now and haven't had any crazy side effects like I did with the other SSRIs. I suppose I'm still in the trial phase but I have no reason to dislike it yet. A miracle pill? Well, maybe.
That's not to say that I don't get depressed again every now and then, but I'm generally content.
venlafaxine for Depression: I found this medicine, along with therapy, to have helped me a great deal. I was originally given Prozac, and it made me more anxious than I was to begin with. A friend of mine told me about Effexor, and I asked my Psychiatrist to switch medications. Thank God. Effexor was a God send for me.
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I've been on 75 mg for two months now, started at a baby dose of 37.5 about 3 months ago. I can honestly say I woke up feeling the difference and the burst of energy. Only complaints are if you forget to take a dose you're not in for a good day until you take your next dose. I vomit and have a terrible headache, and also with the medication I found that I had a couple bad lows while getting used to it. But as long as you keep up with your dose and don't mess around with taking it you should be very satisfied with the result.
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Bipolar Disorder: After 4 years of trying all the other anti-depressants I was put on Effexor. From the first day it was like the lights were turned on. If I go 2 days without I can't stop crying and is difficult to function. I don't have insurance and a low income so it's really tough at times. I feel like I need to increase the dose but 225mg is the max.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety and Stress: Before taking Effexor, I was an anxiety wreck. I was unable to preform to my full potential before feeling my anxiety slowly take over and hinder me from preforming. I am student at a prestigious university and I can say that I am living anxiety free. The statement itself sends chills down my back.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Hot Flashes: Efexor has been instrumental in controlling my hot flashes and my mood. The only drawback I find is when I have a lapse; besides the hot flashes getting worse; is brain-zaps, they are annoying but I learned that they are not dangerous. Also the generic is not as effective for me as the brand name. I highly recommend it.
Review by dougsmommy (taken for 10 years or more):
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on Effexor XR on and off for about 14 years. At first it seems to work but then I end up going back to where I was and then worse. I have suicidal thoughts at all times. I'm depressed and agitated even more so now than ever. If I get an up dose I sweat more. I don't know what to do.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: 18 year old female and have been on it for 5 months. Just recently quit taking it and had horrid withdrawal symptoms. I don't recommend quitting cold turkey. Talk to the doctor and formulate a titration schedule to wean yourself off. Worked to help lessen my depression, though I am not sure it helped as much as Prozac did.
Review by CreativeMandy. (taken for less than 1 month):
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: I been suffering from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder for a few years now and have tried everything under the sun, but with the Effexor I am feeling great. It does have some side effects though, but lasted for a few days, but now gone. They include the following: Jitters, drowsiness, and a touch of nausea. Although with the sadness and anxiety under control I now realize all the physical symptoms of PMDD. I rather have the physical symptoms over the emotions any day.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety: This medication has worked well for me in terms of controlling my anxiety and fear of having a panic attack. However the side effects I have had to endure are not so pleasant. I'm always tired and can sleep all day long. As well, I have gained weight on this medication and trying to lose it is very hard. It's like my metabolism has stopped working. I've been on this medicine for about 3 years now and considering weening off to try something else.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I suffer from depression and anxiety. For the last 20 years, I've had counseling and been on many antidepressants; Prozac, wellbutrin, Paxil, etc. Effexor is the first medication that has noticeably helped. I was worried after reading all the negative reviews, but tried it anyway. I noticed a change after the first week, and it has gotten better ever since. Been on it for two years now and all is good in the world. Very rarely get sad, unless there is a reason for it (death, break up, pet dying) also I used to have anxiety talking to more than one person at a time, now I can talk to a room full of people with little to no anxiety.
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Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I've been on Effexor for 7 years now...after a crazy up-bringing coupled with drug and alcohol abuse as a teenager I spiraled into a deep depression after my wife died 13 yrs ago. I still have bouts of anxiety but they are short lived. I try to avoid people that trigger situations where I might start to feel like an anxiety attack is coming. I had a huge weight gain and struggle with that, I've lost 80 lbs so far due to a gastric bypass,and am on only 25 mgs down from 150 when I started.
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Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on Effexor for about 6 months now. I was prescribed it for anxiety and social anxiety. My social anxiety is basically gone. I still get a little bit of anxiety but it is way better than it used to be. However, if I forget to take it I get very bad withdraw symptoms. But, I consider it worth it.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: This medication has been life changing for me. Suffering from depression and extreme anxiety I have much more control now and the black moods are not so dark. I no longer feel suicidal and am so relieved to have some relief from the constant pressure of being depressed / moody / anxious. It is important I remember to take it every day or I start to withdraw pretty much straight away with dizziness and a strange sensation in my throat plus rather severe radical dreams. Other than that I am grateful to have something that works with minimal side effects.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I'm not sure if it is too early too speak but I'm 18 years old and have had crippling depression for 2 years now and have been suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder since I was 8 years old. A year and a half ago my GAD decided to plague my relationship with my wonderful boyfriend of two and a half years. It's a pretty rare condition but I have self-diagnosed myself with ROCD (relationship obsessive compulsive disorder)
I have now been on Effexor for 2 months now. My G.P put me on it after crippling depression. It began working right away and I am now a much happier person. Although my anxiety is not gone, I am able to have a healthy relationship with my boyfriend. This is a miracle.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety: Effexor Saved Me After Many Failed Medicines.
Current Med Combo- Effexor 75 mg, Lamictal 200 mg, Abilify 5 mg
It saved me from wasting anymore time locked up in my house 24/7 and avoiding conversations, knocks at the door, people, telephone calls, and anything else involving socializing.
I FINALLY LEAVE MY HOUSE. WILLINGLY and REGULARLY. Daily. I NO LONGER FEAR APPLYING FOR JOBS. I NO LONGER FEAR THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A JOB because I would have to deal with people. I am willing and eager to go out with friends, family, acquaintances, meet new people.
SIDE EFFECTS- Only Nightmares, which eventually become less and less and then go away after 2 months. Maybe a little unpleasant at first. Definitely bearable.
It's not bad for everyone.
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