User Reviews for Venlafaxine

Also known as: Effexor, Effexor XR

The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.

Learn more about Venlafaxine.

Ratings Summary

Filter by:

User Ratings

10
   
22%(8)
9
   
14%(5)
8
   
14%(5)
7
   
17%(6)
6
   
6%(2)
5
   
3%(1)
4
   
6%(2)
3
   
6%(2)
2
   
3%(1)
1
   
14%(5)

Venlafaxine review summary

6.6/10 Average Rating

37 Ratings with 23 User Reviews

Compare all 31 medications used in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

Reviews for Venlafaxine to treat Fibromyalgia

Sort by:

Review by That Lupus Guy (taken for 1 to 6 months):

User Rating:  
   
7.0

I love it. I get dizzy and almost black out when I hop up. So I learned to get up slow. My pain has turned dull now instead of sharp and menacing like it's been for almost 5 yrs. Taking this with Oxycodone and Robaxin helps me get through each day. Still not well enough where I can exercise due to horrible muscle inflammation. Started on the 25mg...moved to 75mg...now I'm taking the 150mg XR and I can say that I think I should stay here.

5 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

August 17, 2014 3:25 PM

Review by Juleen:

User Rating:  
   
7.0

I have had fibromyalgia symptoms for over 2 years now, muscle cramps that stay in a locked position for days. I am in constant pain. I have only been on venlafaxine for not quite a week and have to admit it has controlled the pain to a dull ache instead of the throbbing pain before. My doctor started me out on 37.5 mgs and after 4 days we increased it to 75 mgs. I seem to tolerate this dosage well. I am happy with the benefit of helping my anxiety level. I see hope at the end of the pain tunnel.

5 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

August 9, 2014 4:38 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

User Rating:  
   
10

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.

25 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

January 2, 2014 1:11 AM

Review by Jte1311 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

User Rating:  
   
10

I take 4-75 mg pills 2x a day. So I am on the maximum dosage. It has does wonders for me. Through my Doctor's office I get a discount on medication so this is super cheap for me since I don't have insurance at this moment. I was on Cymbalta and it worked exactly the same but was WAY to pricey.

1 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

December 18, 2013 9:18 PM

Review by Glttrgrl8 (taken for 10 years or more):

User Rating:  
   
10

Effexor (venlafaxine): They'll have to pry my Effexor out of my cold dead hands! It helps so much with my fibromyalgia pain as well as my anxiety.

56 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

June 26, 2013 9:50 PM

Review by The Bee (taken for less than 1 month):

User Rating:  
   
7.0

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.

27 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

May 14, 2013 9:31 AM

Review by tjr67 (taken for less than 1 month):

User Rating:  
   
10

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.

45 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

January 15, 2013 5:13 PM

Review by auntiephyl (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

User Rating:  
   
7.0

I am satisfied with this medicine except I have been very constipated since being on it.

16 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

August 30, 2012 9:20 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

User Rating:  
   
6.0

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.

35 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

August 22, 2012 6:36 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

User Rating:  
   
10

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!

22 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

June 16, 2012 12:07 PM

Review by Kimstuff (taken for less than 1 month):

User Rating:  
   
9.0

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.

26 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

May 19, 2012 8:42 PM

Review by lynannm:

User Rating:  
   
9.0

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.

47 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

September 12, 2011 2:29 PM

Review by Auntie Coosa:

User Rating:  
   
4.0

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.

26 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

June 27, 2011 10:12 AM

Review by mom-in-pain:

User Rating:  
   
1.0

Effexor (venlafaxine): This does not work for my real fibro pain.

20 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

February 24, 2011 6:33 PM

Review by Kenni:

User Rating:  
   
7.0

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.

21 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

November 11, 2010 1:26 PM

Review by megascottie:

User Rating:  
   
6.0

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.

15 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

October 6, 2010 7:16 AM

Review by denise_geary:

User Rating:  
   
8.0

Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Although Venlafaxine doesn't get rid of the pain, my life has improved immensely now that the depression is controlled.

16 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

April 28, 2010 6:41 PM

Review by Anonymous:

User Rating:  
   
8.0

Effexor XR (venlafaxine): I am finally sleeping through the night since I started taking this!

18 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

March 27, 2010 12:20 PM

Review by Anonymous:

User Rating:  
   
1.0

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.

44 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

November 27, 2009 9:42 PM

Review by Anonymous:

User Rating:  
   
5.0

Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Effexor was better for fibromyalgia when you could control dosage and take more if needed.

23 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

May 25, 2009 4:27 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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.

59 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

December 29, 2008 4:12 AM

Review by mjbarron:

User Rating:  
   
8.0

Effexor (venlafaxine): 7 years ago, my hip pain was so intense I could hardly get up in the morning. I have tried Cymbalta, but went back to Effexor XR. It does the work for me.

50 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

September 14, 2008 1:43 PM

Review by Anonymous:

User Rating:  
   
10

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.

28 users found this comment helpful. Did you?   Yes   No Report as inappropriate

June 30, 2008 1:45 PM

Learn more about Fibromyalgia

Hide
(web2)