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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% (14336 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Helped me to learn to control my panic attacks. Lots of negative side effect, constipation, night sweats, lack of sex drive but it did help with the anxiety.
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worked for a while
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I have taken this for a couple years. I think it's effect is less now than it was before.
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made me nervous - stopped taking
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It has helped for a long time but it is time for an adjustment or change
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have been on this for many years @ 275mg
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Seems to work but don't know cuz I am still very depressed.
It has helped control depression, compulsions and anxiety , I have decreased my dosage - I now take the generic equivalent venlafaxidine.
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I don't take this anymore, but it really helped with depression and social anxiety. MY pain was under control. However, it says in the prescribing info that effexor only lasts for 52 weeks. It pooped out on me at exactly 52 weeks.
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Husband has only been on this med for two weeks now... but what a wonderful difference
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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]