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Effexor

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5.6
4.4  Effectiveness
6.6  Side Effects
5.8  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 13 Effexor side effects and 5 Effexor benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is venlafaxine and the brand name is Effexor.

Effexor is manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The active ingredients of this medication is venlafaxine hydrochloride. Inactive ingredients include; cellulose; iron oxides; lactose;, magnesium stearate; and sodium starch glycolate.

It is primarily used in the treatment of depression.
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Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson has struggled with depression for years, and despite taking anti-depressants tried to commit suicide in 2007.

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When Crow suffered a bad stretch of depression in 2003, the musician began an exercise routine and took Prozac to assist in her recovery.

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Jim Carrey

This comedian is self-proclaimed to be a "weird, serious person," and has been battling clinical depression since childhood.

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Larry King

Late night talk show host Larry King had a bout with depression after having heart surgery in 1987.

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Effectiveness of Effexor by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Effexor, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 16% 24% 44% 16% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 3.7% 25.9% 44.4% 25.9% 0%
Blood Pressure 12% 12% 68% 8% 0%
Breathing 0% 9.5% 76.2% 14.3% 0%
Confidence 4.2% 33.3% 25% 25% 12.5%
Coordination/Motor Skills 4.3% 21.7% 60.9% 13% 0%
Digestion 8.3% 8.3% 66.7% 12.5% 4.2%
Emotional Well-being 7.1% 21.4% 10.7% 42.9% 17.9%
Energy 8% 32% 36% 16% 8%
Eyesight 4.3% 21.7% 65.2% 4.3% 4.3%
Memory 8.3% 12.5% 45.8% 16.7% 16.7%
Mental Clarity 14.8% 11.1% 25.9% 44.4% 3.7%
Pain 0% 13% 69.6% 8.7% 8.7%
Patience 4% 20% 44% 16% 16%
Sexual Health 24% 8% 44% 16% 8%
Skin Complexion 4.3% 13% 69.6% 8.7% 4.3%
Sleep 3.8% 23.1% 26.9% 30.8% 15.4%
Stress Level 7.4% 3.7% 37% 33.3% 18.5%
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Commonly Reported Effexor Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 80% 10% 0% 10% 0%
Allergic Reaction 77.8% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
Anxiety 25% 25% 29.2% 16.7% 4.2%
Appetite Loss 71.4% 9.5% 4.8% 9.5% 4.8%
Blurred Vision 62.5% 0% 12.5% 12.5% 12.5%
Breathing Difficulties 62.5% 25% 0% 12.5% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 57.9% 10.5% 10.5% 10.5% 10.5%
Change in Weight 50% 0% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7%
Cold Symptoms 75% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 0%
Confusion 50% 25% 12.5% 12.5% 0%
Constipation 37.5% 12.5% 18.8% 31.2% 0%
Coordination / Balance Problems 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 0% 50% 0% 50% 0%
Depression 25% 50% 0% 12.5% 12.5%
Diarrhea 84.2% 15.8% 0% 0% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 83.3% 0% 8.3% 8.3% 0%
Dizziness 70% 15% 15% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 50% 16.7% 20.8% 4.2% 8.3%
Dry Mouth 40% 28% 12% 12% 8%
Erectile Dysfunction 91.7% 0% 0% 0% 8.3%
Eye / Vision Problems 0% 0% 50% 50% 0%
Fatigue 55% 10% 20% 10% 5%
Fever 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Gas 37.5% 25% 25% 12.5% 0%
Headache 54.2% 29.2% 12.5% 0% 4.2%
High Blood Pressure 66.7% 13.3% 6.7% 0% 13.3%
Increased Urination 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Indigestion 0% 50% 0% 0% 50%
Insomnia 45.8% 20.8% 16.7% 8.3% 8.3%
Irregular Heartbeat 62.5% 25% 12.5% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 47.4% 36.8% 10.5% 0% 5.3%
Mood Swings 75% 0% 12.5% 0% 12.5%
Muscle Cramping 37.5% 25% 25% 12.5% 0%
Nausea 62.5% 20.8% 8.3% 4.2% 4.2%
Nervousness 47.8% 26.1% 13% 13% 0%
Rapid Heartbeat 66.7% 13.3% 13.3% 6.7% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 83.3% 8.3% 0% 0% 8.3%
Sensitivity to Light 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 70.6% 11.8% 0% 11.8% 5.9%
Stomach Ache 62.5% 37.5% 0% 0% 0%
Sweating 50% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Effexor Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 60% 40% 0% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 80% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 75% 8.3% 8.3% 0% 8.3%
Breathing Difficulties 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 20% 0% 20% 40% 20%
Change in Weight 58.8% 17.6% 11.8% 5.9% 5.9%
Chest Pain 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Cough 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Diarrhea 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 33.3% 33.3% 33.3% 0% 0%
Dizziness 25% 50% 0% 25% 0%
Elevated Cholesterol Level 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 33.3% 33.3% 0% 33.3% 0%
Fatigue 16.7% 50% 33.3% 0% 0%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 62.5% 6.2% 12.5% 12.5% 6.2%
Indigestion 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 25% 50% 0% 25% 0%
Mouth Sores 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Muscle Spasms 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 33.3% 33.3% 33.3% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 25% 0% 0% 50% 25%
Slurred Speech 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 58.8% 17.6% 11.8% 0% 11.8%
Tremors 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Effexor
Since taking Effexor Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 2%
Fall 3.9%
Hallucination 2%
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User Comments about Effexor
12 Sep 2013 I hate this drug! I can't get excited about anything I feel like a zombie.... even my doctor who prescribed it to me said "if you were any more excited about life id be beside my self"... I've tried getting off of it but the withdrawal is physically painful... my head pounds, I feel like throwing up, my whole body feels fuzzy and shakes... I can barely function without it! I feel like I'm on crack! Even when I tried weening myself off of it I couldn't take it! If I had known it would be even half this bad when I started taking it i wouldve never taken it!
   —Posted by Anonymous
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14 Apr 2012 most effective for depression relief hate dependency
   —Posted by terrylyn
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17 Oct 2011 I was prescribed Effexor in 2000. I wish this drug had NEVER been invented!! I can't get off it! I had a surgery and was told no meds only a sip of water after midnight. I went into convulsions the Dr had to sew me up without finishing. I had to go back into surgery because of this drug that it seems no one can get off. Does anyone know of a remedy that will get rid of the "With Draws?" They are really life threatening!!
   —Posted by Anonymous
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07 Sep 2011 Didn't really like this medication, did not take away my depression.
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01 Sep 2011 Ruined my life, lost my job as I couldnt concentrate, senior management. Aggressive behaviour, depersonalisation, anger, severe night sweats, socially agarophobic, major personality change, high blood pressure (both in 3 figures). My daughter, wife, grandson (child) all disowned me. Totally alone now, just lay in bed, have planned my funeral and looking for a dignified end. I was extremely successful, high intelligence, wealthy and kind hearted to everyone. I've given myself till 31/12/2011 to pull back. I've lost everything.
   —Posted by Prayforme
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