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Effexor XR: Oral capsule, extended release

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  • Reported side effects
  • Daily life interactions

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Effexor XR 37.5mg Cap
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: W EFFEXOR 37.5 
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Effexor XR 37.5mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 37.5 
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Effexor XR 75mg Cap
PD-RX
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 75 
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Effexor XR 150mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 150 
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Effexor XR 37.5mg Cap
PD-RX
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 37.5 
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Effexor XR 75mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 75 
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Effexor XR 150mg Cap
PD-RX
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 150 
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Effexor XR 150mg Cap
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: W EFFEXOR 150 
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Effexor XR 75mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 75 
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Effexor XR 150mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 150 
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Effexor XR 75mg Cap
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: W EFFEXOR 75 
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Effexor XR 37.5mg Cap
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, A subsidiary of Pfizer Inc
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 37.5 
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Effexor XR 150mg Cap
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: W Effexor XR 150 

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VENLAFAXINE(VEN la fax een) is used to treat depression, anxiety and panic disorder.

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Effexor XR: Oral capsule, extended release
Usage by Gender
80.0%
20.0%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
1.0%
12.66%
47.75%
38.59%
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Patient Experiences with Effexor XR

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View All 6 Experiences
Average Scores
Easy to Take: 4.5 / 5
Works as Intended: 4.5 / 5
Tolerable: 4.5 / 5

Works well for me
It works real well for me when I take it in the afternoon. My wife will notice that I'm getting very short with her around the time I usually take it but that passes after I do take it. But if I run out I have really weird dreams. Otherwise I have no problems.
Helpful: 0
Unhelpful: 0
Bob
January 02, 2017
From: Attica, NY
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


horrible withdrawal
The medicine works, but forget to take it one morning and by 2 pm you start to feel physically ill. I'm sure its different for everyone, but i felt like my anxiety was at a full 10, crawling out of my mind, shaky and trying not to throw up from the nausea. once i took the medicine, it took about a couple of hours to slowly get back to normal
Helpful: 1
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
February 22, 2016
From: York, PA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Not Sure


strange
It made me fat as a cow. I simply could not stop eating. I would get up and night, drive to the store and eat whole boxes of ice creams, whole boxes of raisen bran. When I got to 206 lbs I fired my psychiatrist. One thing about it, the bizarre dreams. I loved these dreams. If you stop taking it suddenly, you will turn as mean as a cross eyed coon/
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 3
Anonymous
June 11, 2015
From: Austin, TX
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Disagree


Works as intended
Effexor has helped me in a few ways. I live with chronic pain and I take pain medication prescribed by my Pain Management Doctor, daily. I have never experienced any side effects from Effexor, and I have been taking it for many year now. My only problem with it is because the 150 mg. caps are these huge orange caps. And it's difficult for me to swallow at times. Buts that's just me. Effexor helps me with my Menopause symptoms, neuropathic pain, and especially works with my moods swings. I have never felt better since I started Effexor. It's almost like taking a daily Happy Pill. Without Effexor I don't think I would begin to feel normal until I went back on a daily regimen of Effexor, prescribed by your doctor. Good Luck to all that are going to try Effexor!! You won't be dissatisfied !!!
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 0
kailuagirl808
January 23, 2015
From: Kailua, HI
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


A must have!
I have taken many prescription medications for depression and anxiety. I'm most satisfied with Effexor by far. I have little to no side effects on this drug, being on Effexor I simply feel happy, calm but most of all, it leaves me feeling normal. I would recommend this drug to anyone!
Helpful: 9
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
September 22, 2014
From: Kansas City, KS
Age: 19-24
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


GOT TO HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
GOTTA HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! It helps me tremendously.If I run out I feel awful. I am very Anxious and mean. I can't stand to be around anyone including my husband and children. Needed daily.
Helpful: 10
Unhelpful: 1
ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED
April 17, 2014
From: Lexington, VA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral capsule, extended release
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree