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Reviews for Effexor XR to treat Depression
Review by VIRIDIANA:
I BEEN TAKING EFFEXOR FOR 4weeks FINALLY I FEEL GOOD IT'S A MIRACLE I WAS SUFFERING REAL BAD DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AND THOUGHTS OF GIVING UP ON LIFE. EFFEXOR WORKS, THIS IS THE BEST I FELT SINCE I WAS 23 NOW I'M 30 AND YES I FEEL VERY HAPPY TO KNOW I DIDN'T GIVE UP AND FINALLY FOUND A MIRACLE PILL AND IT'S ONLY BEEN A MONTH THANKS EFFEXOR SAVED MY LIFE THANK YOU.
People either love Effexor or hate it. I am on the side of adoration. I am 18 years old and have been taking Effexor for 4 years and the change I experienced was amazing. I have a long family history of depression and a generalized anxiety disorder, and it doesn't help when you're trying to go through puberty and are constantly being told that everybody your age is going through the same thing. The side effects are not pleasant, I used to get headaches, my blood pressure increased (but with exercise it can be managed), and get lightheaded and faint more often. Even with these, I still am happy and am grateful for Effexor.
Review by kayleighchey (taken for less than 1 month):
I have an unspecified mood disorder. It helps me not have so many highs and lows. I can actually think before I rage out of control so I have much more self control but I still have panic attacks and in one week I've lost 4 pounds, (I'm an emotional eater).
Effexor was a mixed bag for me - it was very numbing, and the side effects (which lingered for years after I stopped taking it) were awful. I attempted suicide a few weeks after starting it, because I was still depressed but was more numbed to the guilt I would usually feel. Be careful of this, make sure someone is aware if you feel at risk. It took a few months, but I began to feel positive things again, but eventually I was stuck in a zombie state where the side effects outweighed the good. I tried it on a few occasions with the same result: taking myself off them because I wanted to feel again. The best advice I can give is to see a psychiatrist, not a GP. There is a range of medicines, make sure you get the one that is tailored to YOU.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Effexor XR with (Abilify) for Bi-Polar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over 6 years. From Lamictal to Seroquel (and all meds mentioned in reviews), by far this is the best medicine I have used with minimal side effects for me. 225mg. With 20mg of Abilify, for me, a 57 year old woman, it allows a full, rich life from a suicidal, black hole. Added benefit (as a woman) is it staves off menopause effects of hot flashes, etc. Warning: heed advice from me please, and others, that state about effects of missed dosage or sudden suspension. This is dangerous; withdrawal is significant. Lastly, generic does not work the same as name brand for me. This is a very expensive medicine.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Been taking venlafaxine XR for 15 years and all in all found it did what it was intended for, which was to suppress my depression and assist me in coping with life. My dosage amount fluctuated through the years, from 75mg up to 225mg(I think) and I had very little trouble with it, except when I forgot to refill it. I will say that the side effects of stopping Effexor are horrific and a contributor to why I stayed on it for so long. I'm off it now and I don't know if I'll ever get back on it again because I CANNOT go through the withdrawal feeling again, at least not with my sanity intact.
17 users found this comment helpful.
Was taking 150mg of Effexor XR for an eating disorder and depression, did not help me. Had terrible night sweats, would wake up in the middle of the night with wet clothes and I have put on a lot of weight and couldn't lose weight, I've been totally off Effexor XR for around a week or so and I will never go back on.
15 users found this comment helpful.
I Began taking Effexor XR 150 to treat anxiety /Depression. The medication gave very few adverse reactions initially. I did notice benefits until the end of my second month. There was a mistake with supply and I had to go 2 days without. Within 2 days I was in Full on withdrawals. It Began with insomnia, liveable. Then came nausea, muscle cramps, hot \Cold sweats, hives, Swollen tongue, Irritability, Depression, HALLUCINATIONS... Those were the most significant ones. By the second day off my withdrawals were bad.
19 users found this comment helpful.
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.
37 users found this comment helpful.
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.
29 users found this comment helpful.
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.
13 users found this comment helpful.
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.
27 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Effexor XR for over 15 years. I take a daily dosage of 300mg. It has been the most significant thing in my life! I am able to function normally, hold down a sometimes stressful job, be a great parent and most of all be the best me possible. I have a hormonal imbalance which causes my depression and no amount of psychological intervention was ever going to change that. Effexor XR did. Whilst there are side effects, my body has become accustomed to them and believe me they are nothing in comparison to the dreadful depression. I believe that it has saved my life and ensured that the life I lead is a good one. A couple of tablets a day, some minor side effects and I can get on with a wonderful life.
51 users found this comment helpful.
Been on this for over 10 years. I take 2 different doses every morning - 75 mg and 37.5 mg (which was added about 3 yrs ago). While no drug is perfect, it has saved my life - both figuratively and literally. I've had great success with this medicine. Be forewarned though about missing a day: loopy feeling, lightheaded or a weird feeling in your head (not pain), like a short buzzer effect. Over the years, if I missed a day, I actually did not feel comfortable driving. If you miss 2 days you'll experience heart palpitations and will definitely feel bad. These are the reasons why this medicine should never be suddenly stopped. The dose should gradually be lowered. Conversely, the medicine should be started on a low dose, working up as needed.
42 users found this comment helpful.
I am a 23 year old male suffering from extreme MDD and GAD i have been taking 150 mg of Efexxor XL and 15 of Remeron for two months. I have tried Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin XL, Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac and this is by far the best medication! I have been lifted from the darkness and have had no side effects including sexual dysfunction. Yay!
36 users found this comment helpful.
I was taking Celexa for 2 years for my depression. It was not working well enough for me. I managed to just live life day by day, and roll with the punches. I suffer extreme anxiety disorder and extreme panic attacks up to 8 times a day. Several caused me to call 911 thinking I was having a heart attack. With all this said, my GP and I talked about changing my medication. I had heard of Effexor, I researched it, and thought why not! I felt that life WOULD NOT get any better then what I was living at that moment. 2 weeks after Effexor and some major hot flashes, I was looking at things different. I actually feel really good and hopeful. Now my smile is not fake and the anxiety has subsided to a minimal. No panic attacks. I am happy!
44 users found this comment helpful.
I HAD BEEN ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT MEDS FOR DEPRESSION & ANXIETY. STARTING WITH PAXIL, PROZAC AND OTHERS I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAMES OF. I STARTED EFFEXOR A YEAR AGO AND IT CERTAINLY WORKS FOR ME, FOR BOTH DEPRESSION & ANXIETY. REMEMBER TO TAKE IT EVERYDAY. ALL SSRIs CAUSE SEVERE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. IF YOU WANT TO DISCONTINUE USE, TELL YOUR DR. COLD TURKEY IS NOT ONLY DEBILITATING IT IS DANGEROUS. I AM SO THANKFUL I HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED EFFEXOR. FINALLY RELIEF FROM THINGS THAT ARE NO BIG DEAL! WHERE AS BEFORE IN MY HEAD, IT WAS SO EXAGGERATED. I LIKE MANY OTHERS HAVE STATED, I WISH THIS WAS AVAILABLE IN MY TEEN YEARS. I AM ENJOYING LIFE AND AM EXTREMELY HAPPY!
49 users found this comment helpful.
This medicine saved my life. I was at my wits end with anti-depressants and was ready to give up. My doctor finally prescribed me this after many failed medications, I am so glad she did. I honestly do not know where I would be without Effexor XR. Side effects were very mild compared to other anti-depressants I tried. I was drowsy for the first couple days, but it was tolerable. I highly recommend this for severe depression. I would also like to mention for people to realize there is light at the end of the tunnel and YOU WILL GET BETTER, and to never give up.
91 users found this comment helpful.
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.
19 users found this comment helpful.
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.
11 users found this comment helpful.
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.
55 users found this comment helpful.
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.
25 users found this comment helpful.
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