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Reviews for Venlafaxine to treat Fibromyalgia
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
venlafaxine: I started out on 37.5mg and moved up to 75mg. I feel great! I have gone back to work and I'm enjoying life again. I went from barely being able to move or being touched to almost normal. Minor flares but it is tolerable.
13 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: 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.
17 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: Was given this for depression and had no idea it would transform my life. After taking for just 1 day I noticed my pain was almost gone after suffering for years. I can't believe that only the day before I started venlafaxine I had to use crutches to go shopping because the pain in my legs and back when walking was excruciating. I've noticed I feel so much more relaxed than I have in years, my mood has improved, I feel almost excited that I can now get my life back. I am 45, have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and fibromyalgia and wish I had known about venlafaxine years ago.
31 users found this comment helpful.
Effexor (venlafaxine): I've been on Effexor for approximately two years. I recently had the extremely unpleasant side effects from coming off the drug, as I could not get a refill on my prescription for 6 days. I ended up in the ER due to a panic attack (never had one in my life before). It did reveal, however, that the medicine was not really working for me, as my pain level was virtually the same whether I was on it or not. Please make sure you gradually go off this medicine under the care of a Dr.
30 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: Took this medicine for depression, I didn't have a clue that it would take away my pain. I would guess it has taken away 90% of the pain. This has been the first antidepressant that I have been able to tolerate in 30 years. I thought I tried everything in the book but when my doctor was going over a list of antidepressants I said I have never tried one that started with a "V" before. I hit the jackpot!
16 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: I've only started this medication about 3 weeks ago, I take 75mg/day. I've noticed a big difference when I exercise now. Normally a walk around the track or using my elliptical would have me in a ton of pain for the rest of the day. Now I can exercise without the all day pain anymore.
20 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: I suffer from chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis and depression. Doctor put me on this for my fibromyalgia. I found it has done wonders for my depression (got off Prozac), PMDD and fibromyalgia pain. I'm only 42 yrs old and suffer everyday of my life. This has given me some of my life back. As an added benefit I lost some weight.
36 users found this comment helpful.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine): It worked on the fibromyalgia pain, but it caused my brain to malfunction. I couldn't think, I became forgetful, I got 'lost and confused' in my own house, my head felt as if it was full of cobwebs and I was walking in a fog all the time, I'd wake up as tired as I had been when I went to bed unless I drank a few beers or had a couple of glasses of wine. I am now in pain AND depressed. Trying to locate a natural [herb/spice] for fibromyalgia pain and subsequent depression.
18 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: Venlafaxine extended release in combination with low dose tramadol in the mornings has been extremely effective in controlling my symptoms. I'm glad to have found something that works! I get so much more work done each day, it's like a transformation.
16 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: I like venlafaxine, although I think Cymbalta helped more with the pain of my fibromyalgia. I'm hoping venlafaxine will start helping with the pain in the next month or two. Side effects are little, and I tolerate the medicine well.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Effexor (venlafaxine): I wouldn't try this or Lyrica again. I have had fibromyalgia since before the doctor knew what it was. No drug has been worth taking because of the side effects. They eventually lose some effectiveness, then the doctors want to up the dosage or give another. I've gained 100 pounds. I'm sick all of the time. The depression does not go away. I think the added weight is worse on my body than the original symptoms.
40 users found this comment helpful.
Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Fantastic for anxiety. Has enabled me to function normally. I spent 15 years in constant state of stress. This really worked for me for fibromyalgia. Can't believe I'm pain free after 20 years.
56 users found this comment helpful.
venlafaxine: I have been on Effexor XR 75 mg for a year now, for depression. But within a few months I noticed a distinct drop in my pain levels - as in, not constant anymore. Since Effexor has been approved for FMS, I have been increased to 150mg to hopefully prevent the few flare ups I have now, and the last bits of chronic pain. I am so thankful for Effexor - it has really helped me get a life.
23 users found this comment helpful.
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