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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% (14245 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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I take this for the cataplexy and it helps a lot but I have really bad night sweats and if I miss a day or two because of financial issues with getting it it has the worst withdrawal.
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Didn't work
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He has less occasions of picking at his skin and the overall anxiety is lessened.
Working / Worked
Works well for me when managed by a competent Doctor.
Working / Worked
Worked pretty much right away, but has leveled off lately which is typical of the depression meds. Had the same experience with Prozac several years ago
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it works most of the time i am taking 225 mg a day
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works wonderfully for me
been on it for years
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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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  1. 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]
  2. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Effexor gave me horrible leg cramps. I put up with it for a week, then called my doc and said I couldn't take it any more. I hope you have better luc... [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]