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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% (14511 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Seems to help paired with clonidine.
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Stopped helping during most recent major depression. Newest dr. has increased dosage in hopes it will help.
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worked for about a year.
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Working ok.
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It helps my social anxiety but seems to drastically reduce my filter. So I cant hide my orientation anymore.
I don't know if it's working.
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I really can't tell if it is working or not.
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Made me feel really weird, like underwater, every task was so difficult and draining, emotionally, psychologically and physically
It has helped.
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I think its working. To be honest Ive been on the ativan the whole time. I have decreased libido but that could also be due to low T.
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  1. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Welbutrin acted the same way. I didn't make the mistake of staying on it longer than a couple of weeks because I felt the same as when taking Effexor. [More]
  2. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Effexor had no impact on me either, it's horses for courses I guess. [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]