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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% (14436 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Still taking works well. Still able to have feelings.
Working / Worked
Side effects are less than other anti-depressants. I only stayed on this for about 2 weeks, which is longer and another anti-depressant..
Didn't take specifically for this, but it helped with depression.
Working / Worked
Seemed to add something to existing cocktail for Bi-polar disorder. No longer taking this medication.
Working / Worked
working but i think i need to see my dr about a bigger dosage making an appt tomorrow.
Working / Worked
Began on too high a dose and it gave me panic attacks. On a dosage that seems to be keeping me stable, but it feels like it just isn't doing what I think it should be.
Working / Worked
Has required adjustments after mothers deather.
Working / Worked
It works well, but I am tired of the numb feeling. I want off of it!! But am very scared.
Working / Worked
Worked, but became less effective and made a switch to something new (Cymbalta).
for 8 years, then suddenly I became aggressive and hostile
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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]