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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% (14211 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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works wonderfully for me
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No longer taking
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it worked somewhat. It also made me gain 30 pounds. As soon as I stopped taking it, I dropped the weight. I wouldn't use again, though.
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I have only been on this for a few weeks but it has helped me a LOT. I haven't had too many side effects. Recently my hands have been really shaky but that is the worst of it. For how much good it is doing, shaky hands is tolerable
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This seemed to work pretty well when I was taking it years ago. I switched to Celexa because at the time my insurance changed and it became too expensive.
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It was OK.
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Ive been on this drug for 6 years and it used to help a lot however lately I feel as though Im just walking in a fog full of anxiety.
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Some days I feel like it works and others not so much. I don't get much sleep which I know doesn't help.
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Back on this for a little over 2 years now.
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  1. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I take it. I'm on 75 which I know is relatively low. I forgot it once or twice and had horrible withdrawals from it but it may be working for me now ... [More]
  2. 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]
  3. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I thought it worked..was on it for years...then it put me in a manic but I just thought I was really feeling good, better than anyone....then I up and... [More]
  4. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I was on that same dose, it worked relatively well for about a year to a year and a half for me. Then like normal, it stopped helping. (Medications ... [More]
  5. Discussion: Effexor XR
    I am on Effexor XR, 225mg...anyone had any experiences with this drug, good or bad? [More]