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(also known as Venlafaxine hydrochloride, Efectin, Effexor XR)
Venlafaxine hydrochloride belongs to class of antidepressants called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI). Generic venlafaxine is available in the United States. It was previously available only under the brand names Effexor and Effexor XR. It is also available in the UK under the name "Efexor XL". Venla... more at Wikipedia

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Overall, 63% (14317 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Take the lowest dosage each day. Want to wean off of it but not sure how too.
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It helped for a little bit.
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Did not work
150 mg a day (1 pill). For depression and doctor says also helps with OCD.
150 mg 1 pill a day. My doctor says Effexor works best for depression but can also help OCD. Its gotten slightly better but is still bad.
Working / Worked
It's alright. I'm on 150 mg/ once a day. I've been on so many anti-depressant medications, (abilify, lexapro, paxil, celexa, zoloft, welbutrin). But my doctor said it's also good for OCD and Anxiety as well. I can't really tell. I might switch off.
Working / Worked
Did well but I began to bruise
Working / Worked
In the past yes - just went back on and no - having side effects
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Worked for awhile.
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Effexor takes the edge off of the depression and makes it tolerable. Rather than laying in bed and not eating I feel like getting up and getting dressed to start the day.
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  1. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Itook 300mg of effexor daily for about 5years. I've just come off it and was on nothing for a month. I wad very disappointed to find that i felt exac... [More]
  2. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Effexor didn't work for me. It made me very agitated and increased my anxiety. If you decide it isn't for you, don't just quit taking it all the sudd... [More]
  3. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I was recently put on Effexor xr and have noticed that I have been edgy here lately. I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this? I have only... [More]
  4. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I tried it and it caused confusion for me. I am now on a low dose of Zoloft, and when I go up to a higher dose, it does the same thing that the Effexo... [More]
  5. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I am on Effexor XR, 225mg...anyone had any experiences with this drug, good or bad? [More]