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venlafaxine for Anxiety: Only 3 days of nausea at first. Dosage is 37.5mg. A lot calmer. But will increase dosage about a month later. Having vivid dreams at night. Having skin irritation but not sure if its caused by something else. Not confirmed. Had a severe diarrhea reaction to Flucozanole (anti-fungal pill), so I think there is an interaction between the two.
venlafaxine for Anxiety: I took this for one day. Had panic attacks, and even worse, inability to urinate until it cleared my system. Also I have memory gaps from the day I was on it. I'd rather be anxious.
venlafaxine for Anxiety: I've been on this medication for one week so far, and I already notice a difference in myself. It is certainly helping me- I suffered from severe anxiety/ anxiety attacks over the past several months, and I haven't had a single attack since being on this medication. The anxiety has also lessened. I'll up my dose soon, so it should continue to kick in and help.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I've been on Effexor XR going onto 3 years. I started at 37.5mg and am now on 150mg. I find that the body builds a tolerance to it and the dose needs to be increased. It does help my social anxiety almost completely but I still get moments of general anxiety, not anything like they used to be premedication. The only side effect I get is hot flashes. Also when you come down with a cold or flu, there's really nothing you can take except Tylenol for fever and pain due to drug interactions
Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Started at 37.5 for hot flashes but also found that my hair trigger anger and low grade depression were gone. Oh, did I mention the onset of suicidal Ideation I experienced at menopause? Took care of that too. Went up to 150xr a day, but stomach upset, excessive teeth grinding, loss of libido and weight gain are making me go back to 37.5 again. Ended up on the 150 cause of my wicked hot flashes.....but willing to deal w them at 37.5 for the sake of my sex life. I'm afraid to go off of it at 37.5, as it removed the anxiety and despair I realized I have felt most of my life. I encourage many to stay at the lowest dose of any of these drugs; it takes time to figure out which one is good for you. Cheers
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on this med for only 4 days after being on multiple other meds for general anxiety disorder for several years now. And I can already feel the difference in myself. Not exactly where I want to be yet but definitely positive results so far. It does make my pupils seriously dilated and at night when it's dark my vision seems like I'm on a merry go round if I moves my eyes to quickly. Other than that I feel much better than just a few days ago! Hopefully this med will work for me. I hate switching meds cause of the time I have to wait to start a new one. Sends me in a downward spiral of panic attacks and irritability. So far since being on Effexor EX I've not had even one episode!!!!!! And I was having them every single day!
venlafaxine for Depression: Around the age of 10 I developed severe and debilitating anxiety. I could not even move out of bed at times without having a break down. I tried coping for a while, but ended up on anti-depressants. I have a lot of stomach problems and any anti-depressant in a pill form eventually caused vomiting right after taking them. My doctor suggested Effexor because it was a capsule. It was great on my stomach as long as I ate. I have slowly gotten better with my anxiety, but am not perfect. I am not sure if it is the medication itself or what though. I think the worst thing about the medication though is the terrible withdrawal symptoms. I get anxious, sick, nausea, dizzy, hot flashes and worst of all is 'brain zaps' and my eyes jumping.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: At 56 years old and being raised to "put on a happy face", I can finally say I feel happy and emotionally alive. Depression had consumed me for 35+ years. I was a hollow shell. Talk therapy did nothing. Once the Dr. discovered the brain had damage to the neurotransmitter/receptors and started me on slowly increasing doses of Effexor XR the depression cleared. I now take 150mg daily. There has been no negative side effects. It's been 3 years now. People who know me well are extremely supportive; those who don't know my "history" would be surprised learning I take an antidepressant. Only rated as a 9 because long term/life long use is unknown still.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I entered the beginning stages of menopause and my mood changed dramatically. I was getting very concerned as I had never felt so sad and hopeless. I could not stop crying and things that normally I would not let bother me were becoming huge issues. I did not recognize myself. I am known as glass half full kind of person so the change was dramatic. I was put on 35mg of Effexor and wow - what a difference. Surprise, surprise my hot flashes stopped, ( I have since read it helps with that) mood back to normal and strangely my joints don't hurt so much and I have more energy. The few negatives are I yawn a lot and though I still enjoy sex I can not have an orgasm. I consider both minor due to feeling so much better.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety: Had horrible side effects, did not sleep for 2 weeks. Developed tics. Felt like I was living a nightmare. Had to be hospitalized. They took me off Effexor. And I started Zoloft. Zoloft worked fantastic . Took Zoloft for a year. Been off meds for 9 years with no problems.
venlafaxine for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Switched from Paxil to Effexor after 9 years.. Started at 37.5 for a bit then up to 75. and now moving up to 150. Doc said it should help with the darkness !
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I have been on Venlafaxine XR for 8 years (first effexor xr then generic w/o problems). started at 150, then plateaued after about a year, went up to 225 and plateaued again. I have been on 300mg dose for over 5 years. I like this rx a lot. I haven't tried other antidepressants, I was started on this because it worked for other family members. I know it's a high dose n some people are shocked, but I find this offensive and more or less stigma about mental illness and meds. I started Adderall about 4 years ago and that combination has been incredible for my depression (and ADHD). My sex drive recovered 3 months into VFX. The only compliant is when I miss a dose, in which case I have a LOT of complaints: migraines, dizzy, tremor, hypersomnia
venlafaxine for Bulimia: Thanks to Venlafaxine my depression got better and I'm less stressed out about food, portion control and eating with others in general. Also my suicidal thoughts have 'disappeared' so far.
However my desire to purge has not stopped. I'm still suffering from bulimia with anorexic tendencies. I also experienced side effects such as dizziness and a lack of emotion.
Review by Scotty-to-hotty (taken for less than 1 month):
venlafaxine for Depression: Started taking venlafaxine 75mg XR dose 4 days ago, starting on second day I was very energetic, talkative, and had dilated pupils. I think this means I am manic. I like being this way rather than being depressed and lying in bed all day. Its kind of fun to feel happy again. I have had a couple of bad headaches since I started. Have to see if they continue.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I took this for about eight weeks and it seemed to be working fine until I missed a dose - forgot to take the medication on a trip with me - and began to experience some 'odd' effects. Namely, my vision began to pixillate and I felt I was in some pointillist nightmare. Fortunately, I went to a local pharmacy and explained what was happening and after contacting my GP's surgery, he gave me enough to tide me over. Made a hasty phased withdrawal after that.
Review by MissMiserable (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I spent several years taking Citalopram, which I found to be very good, until it stopped working. I was then prescribed Venlafaxine. I started off on 225mg daily, but it was not controlling my anxiety and I became depressed on it.. I was then told to up the dosage to 300mg daily by my Psychiatrist. Several months on, and I can firmly say this medicine has turned me into the same state I was in prior to ever taking any medication. My anxiety has increased, and I now suffer with depression and suicidal thoughts which I never had before. I have had no appetite, which can be a side effect for some people. have lost a lot of weight. Food and drink tastes strange, my skin has developed pimples.
venlafaxine for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I've been on 75mg of Effexor XR for about 3 weeks. I still have some anxiety but I can tell it is helping. I was very afraid of sexual side effects when taking this medicine but I'm happy to report that overall its not been a problem. 70% of people do not have sexual side effects.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I was started on 75 mg Effexor and then increased to 150 mg. I felt much better overall. Anxiety was about gone, I could think through my thoughts. However, I was not happy with the sexual dysfunction I experienced on the 150 mg dose. My doctor lowered my dose back to 75 mg and the sexual dysfunction resolved and my generalized anxiety disorder is within tolerable limits. I recently added Vitamin D and B12 to my daily regimen with my Effexor 75 mg ER dose and noticed a huge lifting of the mental fog that I had known for so long. This combination has been keeping my thoughts from racing, my hope from tanking and my perspective in a good and positive place. It works for me.
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Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I was prescribed Effexor for menopause symptoms and it treated my undiagnosed depression! It completely changed my life. I was an angry, laughing/crying mess and Effexor turned me around and put me in a good place with an excellent attitude. Cons are brain zaps and sweating from the forehead. I was weaning off of it when I couldn't take it anymore and went back on it. I started crying and felt horrible. Night sweats were miserable too. I'll take the zaps and sweats over depression and night sweats any day.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Depression: I took 225mg of Effexor XR for about 6 years for MDD and was doing well until I started to notice a drop in it's effectiveness. I then tried Lexapro (terrible) and Cymbalta. The latter worked well for about a year-and-a-half, until, again, it's effectiveness waned. My physician suggested that, since Effexor XR had worked in the past, I give it another shot. I've been back on 150mg now for over a year-and-a-half and am doing well on it. The medicine, along with talk therapy, has helped significantly. The side effects I experience are: increased sweating, dry mouth, and loss of libido. Also, missing a dose for more than a day is miserable, as it causes nausea, a "disconnected head" feeling and slight anxiety.
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Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I take Effexor 300mg with Seroquel which doesn't fully control the depressive side of my Bipolar symptoms. It's the little extra that makes life wonderful!
No side effects at all, no weight gain.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Having had a complete hysterectomy when I was young, I'd been a very long-time Premarin user until diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to stop taking Premarin. And I was back into the hot flashes, until the oncology department staff recommended Effexor. The first capsule (37.5 mg) made me woozy, but stopped the hot flashes immediately! I lessened my dose by splitting open the capsules, and gradually built up a tolerance. I now take one capsule in the morning and one in the evening, with no wooziness and no hot flashes. I can lead a normal life and am extremely grateful
venlafaxine for Depression: I have schizophrenia and was prescribed this in hospital alongside antipsychotics and mood stabilisers. It has a slightly "stimulating" effect so can be effective for depression associated with negative symptoms and flatness. However, it does as all psychiatric medicines do, make you feel somewhat empty inside. At higher doses (where dopamine is effected) it is very reliable in helping with severe anxiety and depression as I had. In lower doses (mainly serotonin effected) it works like an SSRI, and I did not find it helpful. Worked up to 225mg but was reduced after several hypomanic episodes. Remained on 150mg for some time, then down to 75mg. May as well have been taking paracetamol at the lower dose, as it did nothing for me. Overall a good medicine.
Effexor (venlafaxine) for Depression: I am 46 yrs old and have taken Effexor since 2000. It helps me balance myself. It really works and it calms myself down and relax. But never miss it for a day or so it will give you dizziness or nausea. I would let the people out there know that Effexor is the best antidepressant. It makes me focus my life on everything. Thank you for saving my life Effexor.
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Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for Anxiety: I have been on this medication for approximately 3 weeks now. It is a God send for me. I noticed results on day 2. I have had recurring depressive episodes my entire adult life. This episode I was unable to get out of bed, sleeping up to 14 hours a day, not going into work (thankfully I have a very understanding boss). I was not suicidal this time, I actually think that I really didn't care enough to do anything about it. My whole attitude was that, "I just don't care." I have anxiety as well, but the episodes have always been well controlled with 1mg of Ativan. I had the racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, unable to finish almost any task-if I even got as far to start one. 175mg of Effexor and I can finally function.
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