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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% (14135 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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I have had two depressive episodes that required hospitalization for protection from suicidal ideation. Following both of these times I was placed on Effexor for about 6 months to assist with stabilizing my moods. I truly needed the medical intervention for a temporary time and do think it helped a great deal. For the most part, I do not like to be on medication, choosing to handle the management of my depression in other ways. So I tapered off of Effexor once I felt myself to ready to do so
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Keeps me from wallowing in my sadness. Feel like Scarlett Ill think about that tomorrow. Feel sick if I miss a dose so will take some time to get off whenif that time comes. Sexual side effects takes FOREVER to reach orgasm.
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Recently weaned off after 10 years on. Not looking to get back on any drugs, but suffering extreme depression.
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I have real bad migraines due to my ms and this medicine helps with the pain associated with ms
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Is currently working. No side effects unless I run out of meds.
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Was on this for a year in college (8yrs ago). It worked so well I decided I was cured and didn't need it anymore and stopped taking it. Just started taking it again less then a month ago.
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The best anti-depressant I've ever had.
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It helps but very little
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It helps some/ still depressed
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    I used to be on effexor and it worked really well. I tried the generic effexor and it did not work as well for me. I'm so fusturated with this anxiety... [More]