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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% (14192 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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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.
It keeps most of my panic attacks from getting out of control.
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Like the Sertraline Ive been on and off this med for years. I would stupidly stop taking my meds sometimes. Thats no longer an issue for me. Ive been stable on it for nearly a year. 150mg
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worked for awhile when taking with abilify
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Effexor did not help enough.
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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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  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]