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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% (14270 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Just started taking
I was on this for a long time and it worked. I was at a high dose and then I started to have some issues again. The new psychiatrist I was seeing ( I was not comfortable with him but I was giving him a chance) increased my dose. that helped for one month then I called him and he increased it again. Well over the recommended dosage. I found anothe pchyciatrist and we got me off the stuff.
Working / Worked
Both my Mother and Sister are on this medication so it was suggested that I try it. I do believe that is helping me to feel better without me feeling like I am on something.
Working / Worked
It has worked.
Working / Worked
excellent drug. Worked well, until it just "quit." I had a hard time weaning myself off of it. Actually, hardest time ever getting off a medication in my life.
Working / Worked
Prescribed four years now after Wellbutrin stopped working.
Keeps my head above water
Working / Worked
it helps some. no real side effects.
Working / Worked
Side effects too bad to continue.
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Very helpful at first... then needed readjusting. Some side-effects. Sleepy, dry mouth,
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Didnt work
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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]