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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% (14597 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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The best anti-depressant I've ever had.
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It helps but very little
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It helps some/ still depressed
horrible experience. Had a bad reaction to it and it pushed me over the edge.
Working / Worked
Seems to be working.
Working / Worked
On it now and it seems to be working
Effexor XR is helping with my moods I feel less depressed all the time, and now have some ok days vs always in a rut. At first I was up for a week straight unable to get to sleep, however after getting sleeping pills it is better.
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It is a great all around drug I plan to stay on it as long as I can
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for depression, did nothing for fibro.
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  1. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Welbutrin acted the same way. I didn't make the mistake of staying on it longer than a couple of weeks because I felt the same as when taking Effexor. [More]
  2. Discussion: Effexor XR
    Effexor had no impact on me either, it's horses for courses I guess. [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]