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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% (14136 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Put on this to prevent self harm. It seems to be quite effective with only about 40 cuts total in 5 years. Seems also to have prevented or weakened depressive episodes.
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On it now. Better than other med.s
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not as good for me as cymbalta
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Good, gained a lot of weight
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It has helped more that any of the others I tried, but I hate the side effects if I miss it, I doubt I would have stayed on it, if I had know the long term effects of it!!
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Helped make it less severe, but it has taken a bad turn.
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I have been on this medication for 10 yrs
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worked well as long as you never want to go off them then it can be hell
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225mg helps with my social anxiety and helps with my depression. It seems to not be working as well as it has in the past. Having to add other meds to help me cope.
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150 mg reduced from 300 mg recently. Not sure how effective it is.
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  5. Discussion: effexor xr vs generic effexor xr
    I used to be on effexor and it worked really well. I tried the generic effexor and it did not work as well for me. I'm so fusturated with this anxiety... [More]