User Reviews for Venlafaxine
Also known as: Effexor, Effexor XR
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Reviews for Venlafaxine to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Review by WasHopeless (taken for less than 1 month):
I started taking Effexor XR about two weeks ago on a very low dose. I am also taking Levbid twice a day. Between those two, my symptoms are almost non existent. The doctor wants to raise the dosage next week and I am ok with that since it is supposed to help my anxiety, which is a trigger for my irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. I will say, the first week, the side effects were horrible. I had the enlarged pupils, nauseous, constipation, and dizziness. They went away exactly at the 7 day mark and now I am starting to have hope I can have a normal life once again.
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October 2, 2014 8:38 AM
Review by Sykes (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Venlafaxine turned out to help my irritable bowel syndrome a lot in addition to the psychological part. I take 225mg a day at the moment, and the days I sometimes forget to take them it gets noticeable worse.
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May 24, 2014 5:39 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Effexor (venlafaxine): I was prescribed Effexor XR for social anxiety and panic attacks, but an unexpected benefit was a decrease in my IBS symptoms (remember, bowel challenges are part of the symptoms for anxiety). After taking the medication for about a week my bowel motions were normal and cramping in my bowels were eased- it emboldened me to eat more foods (before the medication I hardly ate anything but blend foods trying to alleviate the bowel cramping and gas). It was sensational- my health is so much better because I am eating healthier foods. I even stopped using Pepto-Bismol as a go to for cramping! I am so appreciative of this medication. Also: another good aid for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms is swallowing peppermint oil capsules; not peppermint tea or candy. God Bless You!
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November 29, 2012 3:01 PM
Review by loay R W (taken for 10 years or more):
I got anxiety attack and that lead to irritable bowel syndrome. My Dr. recommended Effexor 150mg/day. I used that since 2001. It works well, no problems, makes me happy all time but when I eat something with milk, immediate I have diarrhea.
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August 17, 2012 12:39 PM
Review by gutgirl:
Effexor XR (venlafaxine): Worked really well for irritable bowel syndrome, but unfortunately it affected my blood pressure.
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January 13, 2009 9:41 PM
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