I took venlafaxine for five years, and it was perfect for anxiety and depression. About eight months ago, I started to experience frequent hot flushes. Trial an error showed it was the venlafaxine, so I stopped it. But it was a great shame, as it was the best I had. Does anyone know if this is a common side effect of venlafaxine, as I thought it prevented hot flushes? Keep seeing lots of posts saying it cured hot flushes