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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% (14511 Members) find Effexor helpful

Effexor Reviews

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Helped in a big way with the IBS but not 100% effective. Horrible dizziness, lasting all day, if a dose is even an hour late.
Working / Worked
Worked for a while
I am taking this and it helps with overall anxiety and depression but not with panic attacks.
Working / Worked
I am on this currently and it is moderately effective. I don't think any drug can solve the problem but it takes the worst away.
Working / Worked
This seems to be helping me cope with the depression and anxiety symptoms somewhat.
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did not help
Working / Worked
Works pretty well for my depression and anxiety.
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It takes the edge off.
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Initially took it for depression and it does help with that. I think it does also help the fibro but not a whole lot.
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Did work, currently not working
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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]