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For Depression "Been on it for about 5 days; my doctor told me to take it at night because it could make me sleepy. I'm still very sleepy all day but also feel its helped a little. I'm also having low sex drive. I will update as I'm hoping these side effects go away."

   
5.0

Nerf7 February 7, 2018

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I wanted to share my experience as I’ve read so many awful reviews about this drug. Granted this isn’t the right one for me, I did not experience the horrible side effects described by some people. My psychiatrist started me out on 75 mg, after while worked up to 150mg, and finally today I’m on 225mg (over the course of about 10-12 weeks). The only side effects I’ve had are occasional headaches and some constipation. I go back to my psych in a few days and I think we will agree to move me on to another Rx. The 150mg dose made me so exhausted, I hated it. I felt awful. When I started the 225mg, I at least felt like a person again and had energy to do basic things like shower and clean my house. It didn’t resolve my anxiety but for those of you who may be afraid to try it, please don’t be afraid of the negative reviews/side effects. I wish so bad this worked for me but it didn’t."

Jes1004 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 29, 2018

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For Social Anxiety Disorder "Started out taking 75mg. at night and could not sleep at all. Taking 37.5mg now in the morning and still am dealing with being very jittery at night when trying to relax or sleep. On the positive side this has been a great in dealing with past negative issues and moving past them. Also much more relaxed in social situations and a much more positive attitude about life in general. Every day more confident and things seem a little better"

   
8.0

R.carpenter January 28, 2018

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For Anxiety "I took one dose Effexor and stopped because it’s bringing me to my knees and can’t sleep for a day now"

Ibrahimi January 26, 2018

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For Depression "I have been taking Effexor for 6 months now and I feel great. My dose is 37.5mg once per day. I also take citalopram 20mg one time per day. So both are great together and my head thoughts have done a complete 180. I am finally happy. It has stopped all the negative thoughts plus my brain is less cloudy, I have a clear head. Its like I have a refreshed brain. Its wonderful."

   
10

MintLeaf_32 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 7, 2018

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For Anxiety "I'll just rate this middle. It helped with my mood and anxiety some but at some point I started getting side effects my psych said happen to people in withdrawal - but I was taking the dose I was prescribed everyday, which was 150mg after being 75mg. It started getting really hard to get up and I always felt like I was beaten by a bag of oranges everywhere every night at some point upon waking. I'd want to wake up and even try to roll onto the floor but opening up my eyes and getting up were just... hard.I can't remember exactly what it was like but I truly did want to wake up. I would also just feel confused about simple things and had to really try to think to tell if I was sleepy at times or had low blood sugar since I have issues with *low* sugar levels"

   
5.0

nicknamerd001 January 3, 2018

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For Depression "This ruined my life and nearly killed me. It destroyed my family and I lost 2 years with my son because of this demonic drug. On it, I was in a bubble not myself at all. It gave me a false sense if happiness and reality. I spent over a year getting off of it. This should never be given to any living being ever. This drug is worse than heroin. Disgusting!!!!!"

   
1.0

J197954 December 31, 2017

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For Depression "Have had depression since I was a teenager and been on meds since I was at least 18. I am now going on 33 years old. First was Zoloft... didn't work for me, just made me THINK I was happy but obviously I wasn't and did stupid things while I was in relationships while on it. (was on it last year also) then after Zoloft wasn't working I was put on Prozac last year and prescribed a mood stabilizer because I seemed to get easily irritated with people. Prozac seemed to be working until months ago for some reason I seemed to get more depressed and suicidal thinking to the point I was thinking about killing myself every day. A month ago I was prescribed Effexor and to double up on my mood stabilizer and it seems to be working great for me now."

   
9.0

HarleyGirlAng (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 24, 2017

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For Depression "I was having moderate anxiety and dealing with a lot of stress in my life. I began seeing a psychiatrist and was started on effexor. Around my 3rd month being on effexor I was increasingly paranoid and tired. My doctor's response was to increase the dose. I began to become very nervous, and started pacing, and having trouble sleeping. He put me on trazadone for sleep, which made me feel incredibly tired the next day. His response to the sleepiness was to increase my dose again. I started to have severe depression then, and became incredibly moody and volatile. I no longer had a fuse for my anger, and became very withdrawn from everyone. This, of course, sent me on a downward spiral, ending with me being hospitalized."

   
1.0

Dread&Loathing (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 22, 2017

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For Depression "Best SNRI I've taken. I had given up on SRI's and many failed treatments, but don't neglect the SNRI's. Allows me to feel like myself again. My psychiatrist mentioned that Effexor is "one of those medications" that people either love or hate. If you are anxious with Celexa, Lexapro, and Lazy while taking Zoloft. Effexor may be the perfect mix on catecholamines for you. I found the perfect combination by taking Provigil 200 mg daily, Effexor 225 mg daily (with food), 25-50 mg Amitriptyline before bed, and Alprazolam 1 mg three times daily."

   
9.0

Thaddeus Jones (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 20, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I started Effexor after not being able to take Paxil due to headaches, and felt like trash after a week on Paxil, sexual side effects from Paxil as well. On Effexor 37.5 mg I feel better, less depressed, don't have alot of energy, but have less depressive thoughts after a week my dose was upped to 75 mg. After a week on 37.5 mg I noticed it was almost impossible to orgasm. On 75 mg it is impossible for me to orgasm. This is making me want to stop it, and try to find something else that may not effect me in this way. I don't have an issue with getting an erection and performing, it's just I can't orgasm. I have even tried generic viagra "sildenafil" which does improve the erection but still can't orgasm."

   
5.0

Deppressor (taken for less than 1 month) December 18, 2017

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For Panic Disorder "I started suffering from Panic attacks when I was 26. It started slowly and within 6 months it was full blown. I couldn't do things that previously were non issues, from going on an airplane, going into public places, closed places, driving too far from home.... I went to a few therapists (psychologists) who treated me with bio-feedback and talking about it. Only after another 6 months I agreed to see a psychiatrist who convinced me to try Effexor XR and boy, I am happy I've listened. From the third or forth day, ALL MY SYMPTOMS DISAPPEARED! I like to compare it to someone who just turns the light on in a pitch-dark room. All the bad thoughts, and shivering at night and stomach aches and everything just went away. Effexor saved my life!"

   
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Oreniko December 17, 2017

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For Depression "This medication worked well while I was taking it. Under the supervision of my doctor, I have been slowly getting off of this medication. This has been the worst experience for me. Dizzy, headache, nausea, brain fog. I wish I would have never chosen to take this medication. I urge anyone looking to start this medication to talk with your doctor and try something else first. If you ever want to stop taking this medication it is a terribly uncomfortable process."

   
1.0

Dont take this med December 13, 2017

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For Depression "If your not prescribed enough it makes your anxiety go through the roof"

JujjuJu December 11, 2017

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For Anxiety "I have been on Effexor for 3 years, it was a god send. My life was at its darkest and had many sad events happening at the same time, death of my mother, mother in law and beloved dog within a year. I was transferred from my job, and felt a great amount of anxiety and stress. Feeling of fear and dread on a daily basis, and feeling like I was having a heart attack many different times including at a family Christmas dinner. I was a 54 year old male, father of two that could not be weak, I was counted on by many loved ones, but felt like there was nothing I could do. So I met with my doctor, she was very open to what I was feeling and asked me what I thought was happening. I told her my symptoms and what I needed to do. Putting me on Effexor"

Lower/slower December 7, 2017

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For Depression "I have been taking 75mg once per day, for 15 yrs. Has always worked well for me with no side effects but I would like to get off of it because........15 yrs! Do I still need it? But if I miss one dose, brain shocks like crazy. This is scary to me that it can do that. It makes me very nervous about even considering weaning off of it."

   
8.0

Dragonpen007 December 6, 2017

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I have been on Effexor for 9 weeks now and I have to say it is working like a charm!! I have not experienced any side effects other than a dry month and am a little slower to achieve an orgasm (the desire is still there however). I am soooo glad I decided to take Effexor!! I had been dealing with horrible anxiety for about a year and would constantly think about it throughout the day. I was effecting simple tasks and crippling me. I feel like my old self again! Not over thinking every damn thing! I had an allergic reaction to Zoloft so I was very afraid to start a new med. So glad I did!"

   
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Sheri D December 4, 2017

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For Depression "I've been taking effexor XR for almost a year now! I suffered from post partum depression! I'm about to be 28 and had only taken an anti depressant back when I was 16 for less than a year. Negatives when starting effexor for me were insomnia and loss of appetite ! My doc prescribed me a low dose sleep aid and after 4 months of taking effexor I no longer needed the sleep aide! I'm currently on 75MGs and I'm productive, happy most days, and no more panic attacks that are unmanageable. I even gained my weight back !! This medication isn't for everyone but it worked for me! Negatives I still experience every now and then are rapid heart beat, hard to concentrate on one thing, and sometimes too much energy but can be levelled out with exercise!"

   
9.0

Stay at home mom December 4, 2017

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For Anxiety "I feel it's important to share because as a mom I was on line in the middle of the night searching for answers for my daughter. She is 13 and has anxiety. At 4 she had night terrors and then would pass out with any pain. She started to be difficult to take to school in 4th grade due to the fear of throwing up. She was put on Lexapro after my great hesitation as she was so young. It helped a little. When 7th grade hit her body was 2 seconds from fight or flight. Frequent panic attacks were long and exhausting. Long story short she had genetic testing done and Effexor was on her list of Med's that should work. She is like night and day after around four weeks. Its about finding the right med for you. Genetic testing is a start."

   
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Jellybean04 November 30, 2017

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For Depression "I’ve been dealing with a lot lately that is out of my control and have admittedly been depressed most of my life (I am 29 years old). A breakup reeked havoc on my mental health and I consulted a psychiatrist. Was prescribed generic 37.5mg for 2 weeks then was instructed to double dose. First pill took around 11am yesterday, by 2pm I was nauseous, dry heaving, had incredibly bad diarrhea, double vision, back pain, and was becoming very lethargic. My jaw was clenched most of the day and I was grinding my teeth all night. I didn’t sleep well, woke up pacicking and having racing thoughts. Doctor said to quit taking it. One pill was enough. Never again."

   
1.0

NeverAgainEffexor November 17, 2017

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For Depression "I took it for 2 weeks. Started 75mg first week and went up to 150mg the second. Several days after I increased the dosage, I lost all sex potency and sex drive completely. I'm a 25 year old man and I was not able to orgasm at all. After I stopped I have VERY SEVERE withdrawal symptoms. I had to lose work for several days and was very close to being sent to a hospital. At NO POINT did my doctor warn me of any of these symptoms. It's very important to understand that this drug is that this drug CAN cause permanent damage and that it is highly addictive even after a short time. I'd rather take a bullet to my head than take this pill ever again."

   
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tjw14 (taken for less than 1 month) November 17, 2017

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For Depression "Have taken 75 mg for about 2 years. Usually helpful but when I forget to take it at night the next day I am sobbing and I am today. This morning I took a double dose, hoping to cut short the crying sessions. I understand that Effexor ER has a short half life. Does this mean it catches up? I have had to take antipressants since age 27. I’m now 67. Guess now my dx is called MDD. I’ve tried to get off meds but the depression always returns. My brother thinks one can just get over it. But I realize it is inherited brain chemistry for my situation so the meds will always be necessary. Approaching holidays add to the challenge."

Pekemom (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 15, 2017

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For Depression "I was given this medicine for anxiety and depression, after a month of taking the 37.5mg this medicine has increased my symptoms of anxiety and depression substantially. Also since I have started taking this medication I have developed some new symptoms such as mania and hallucinations. The pains attacks associated with this medicine are horrifying as well. The most disturbing thing about the drug, to me, is the extremely lifelike and vivid dreams that make you believe you've been up all night but in reality you've been asleep, this makes waking up very difficult because it's hard to tell if you're awake or not. This is an extremely powerful drug, I would discuss other options with your doctor before trying Effexor XR"

   
1.0

Jrhill4463 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 7, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I've been on 75mg of venlafaxine for 6 or 7 years. It is good for me. Before Effexor, my emotions felt like being hit by a truck. After Effexor, it gives me a moment to THINK about things, rather than just disintegrating into a puddle on the floor. I still have feelings, but they're not as overwhelming and I don't feel like I HAVE to react to them. Side effects: sweating and tiredness. I take a lot of naps! Missing a dose: About an hour or two after my time to take my pill, if I forget to, I'd get tingly and dizzy. Withdrawal: I recently tried to stop taking Effexor cold turkey. I lasted 6 days. Intense anger, bursting into tears, a static feeling in my head, like a TV set on no channel, and a tingly feeling in my lips."

   
8.0

AfternoonMocha (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 22, 2017

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For Depression "I first used Effexor XR 75 mg at the start of 2016 to treat depression/ anxiety. Side effects were things such as dry mouth, frequent urination, problems sleeping at night. After 2 weeks these reduced greatly and after a further 2 weeks my mood improved greatly and my anxiety reduced. My ongoing side effects were strange (not unpleasant) dreams and sometimes night sweats - neck and chest. I tapered off to 37.5 and then stopped October 2016. The withdrawals - head zaps in the main - lasted about a week and were not too bad. I stopped because I felt so much better. During mid 2017 I went down hill again and was back at the GP's sobbing my heart out and at home being a complete pain to my wife. I started 75mg again 4 weeks ago. Much better!"

   
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SRH1957 (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 19, 2017

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