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User Reviews for Venlafaxine

Also known as: Effexor, Effexor XR

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Venlafaxine Rating Summary

6.2/10 Average Rating

12 Ratings with 12 User Reviews

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Reviews for Venlafaxine to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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"Nearly all of my life, now retired, in spite of being a high achiever, confident (on the surface) and skilled, I have fought against depression, anxiety, self harm, a lack of connection. I have hidden it well, feeling ashamed of not being happy inside. Tired of the fight I finally saw my doctor and tried several different tricyclics, SRIs, but all gave me unwelcome symptoms. We agreed to try Venlafaxine, and within a fortnight I was feeling so much better. I then started CBT, was diagnosed with delayed trauma, which surprised me but as we worked through it, made sense. My drug dose was doubled and I'm feeling even better. I am so relieved. This drug works for me, no side effects, and I feel so much calmer and able to cope."

   
10

Nevertoolate July 29, 2017

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"Been on Venlafaxine for 3 months now. I suffer from complex PTSD and BPD. Love it so far! Much more effective than SSRIs. Started on 75mg a day, taking 2 tablets. Felt better regards to my anxiety in just a few days. Side effects were insomnia to begin with, shaky hands, random sweats and constipation oh and of course lack of libido (I now take viagra as needed). My doctor then changed my dose to 150mg extended release, this is much better regards to side effects no more sweating or shakey hands and can sleep much better. So yeah the side effects are horrible to begin with but stick with it! I have yet to miss a dose but I've heard it's pretty hell so I try to take my medication everywhere I go. Overall great medication!"

   
9.0

Joespillers April 19, 2017

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"Venlafaxine ER gives me a bigger bucket to hold my anxiety and depression so I don't launch into panic attacks or deep depressive episodes quite as quickly. Because it does not take away any feelings or emotions, it still allows my mind to learn to deal with my stressors and triggers. And, it does not take my mind from me at all, which is eminently important to me because I am a detail-oriented thinker by nature."

   
8.0

GlenH (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 16, 2017

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"The medication did not treat my symptoms that were unique to PTSD, namely nightmares/re-experiencing. I was on a high dose of this drug, 300 mg/day, and then went higher and combined it with lamictal as a mood stabilizer. It unfortunately increased the moments of panic, and made me feel out of control when making decisions in a stressed environment, which is unfortunately the opposite of what I would expect a PTSD medication to do. I made worse decisions on this drug than without it, and felt panicked and stressed more often."

   
3.0

Jo M. February 22, 2017

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"I was diagnosed with delayed onset, chronic PTSD. Symptoms were severe. This medication has helped me more than just SSRIs. I'm on he lowest dose, and I feeel better than I have in a long time."

   
9.0

45Ptsd November 22, 2016

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"Effexor is amazing. I have PTSD and cyclothemia. I went through therapy and then added this years later. I am stronger, enjoy life and I actually have a better sex life cuz I'm in a better mood and can feel emotionally what I need to. For the women out there: I tried to push past the numbness and I can now can achieve full multiple orgasms. There's away if you are determined enough. Best of luck to everyone trying hard to maintain a peaceful life full of hope and self love."

   
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Goingunknown September 12, 2016

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"This drug was prescribed after several attempts on my life in a short period. I was prescribed 75mg for 2 weeks, then 150mg for 4 weeks and finally 300mg for 2 1/2 years. (Daily dosages) Within the first two weeks I could no longer "climax", I began getting paranoid and went from mild social phobia to debilitating agoraphobia. I became distant from my wife and kids and regular attempts on my life had me in and out of hospital during the entire time on this drug. I tried to withdraw myself as my doctor was reluctant to assist and tried to assure me it was better than not taking it. The withdrawals where like someone letting off fire crackers in my skull, within 72 hours it even effected my vision pulsing white light with every "spark". AVOID"

   
1.0

Socialphobicsocialite August 31, 2016

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"I can't really say anything about how effective it is because it worsened ALL of my symptoms. Despression, considerably worse. Urge for Amphetemines, Alcohol and Cocaine (as well as valium on one occasion) were severly worsened and I havent touched any of those drugs (except alcohol) in nearly 20 years. Suicidal thought weren't even present until I took this medication and I was on the lowest dose available. All Symptomes of Restless Limb Syndrome were severly worsened. Derealisation was worsened to the point of depersonalisation. Anxiety was drastic to the point that I wanted Amphetemines against the Down AND Valium/Xanax against the anxiety. Urge for strong drugs and RLS symptomes were only tolerable after microdosing cannabis."

   
1.0

wiseguy77192 (taken for less than 1 month) June 24, 2016

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"Effexor XR is the best thing that's happened to me since my life went to hell in a hand basket a few months back. It dragged me back from the edge. And I was lucky, I started improving at the 2 week mark. Most people take up to a month to notice a difference. (Although those 2 weeks waiting were horrible, especially since I didn't know if it would do anything). What it's helped with: severe depression, severe anxiety, panic attacks, and that heightened startle reflex. Side effects I experience on 75mg: night sweats, occasional shakes (these have gotten less over time), and occasional nausea (again, less over time). There have also been some seriously vivid dreams/nightmares, but I've also got PTSD. *shrugs* Could easily be either."

   
9.0

ARaine14 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 1, 2016

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"This is my first experience with any sort of medication like this. I've been diagnosed with Late onset PTSD. My medical support team and I are still finding a correct dosage, I'm on 225/day now along with Ativan as needed and trazodone to help me fall asleep. I've seen some improvement in my functioning, but I'm not quite where I need to be yet"

   
7.0

Survivor01 April 1, 2016

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"It has made my anxiety worse and especially now that I am coming off of it and I was only on it for 3 months! I am going through hell!!! I am now having a Lupus flare coming off!"

   
1.0

Aliciapaul357 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 22, 2016

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"I have CPTSD. Currently taking the "California Rocket Fuel" combo of Effexor and Remeron. (Also taking prazosin, propranolol, lorazepam, and saphris) I found that the Effexor helped with my anxiety/flashbacks/depression a little bit. I noticed headaches at first and an increase in blood pressure. I cannot miss my dose or I get bad withdrawal symptoms (headaches, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, brain zaps, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue) which only subside 6 to 12 hours after I take the missed dose."

   
6.0

PTSDandMe (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 13, 2014

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