Novo-Venlafaxine XR

Novo-Venlafaxine XR

There are 264 comments on the C-Health story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Novo-Venlafaxine XR. In it, C-Health reports that:

How does Novo-Venlafaxine XR work? What will it do for me? Venlafaxine belongs to the class of antidepressant medications known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors . via C-Health

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sleepyhead A-S

Longueuil, Canada

#226 Feb 10, 2011
Going through menopause and panic attacks at the same time is not easy.
I have been having problems sleeping, I must get up between 4 to 6 times every night just to go for a leak, and talk about dreams, I have never dreamed more so than now.
Eyes closing because of fatigue while driving my vehicle, while working on my computer at my desk and this to the point that one of my colleagues just happen to catch me eyes shut and if only for a minute I had been snoring. How embarrassed I was!
I have decided to stop taking this medication cold turkey and feel that it may have been doing more harm than good for me!
bowie

Ajax, Canada

#227 Feb 18, 2011
what about if you ever want to get pregnant....you would most likely have to stop taking the pills... wat about the side affects then....wat if your pregnant and taking it and dont know...can it harm the baby...wat if i got off it and was pregnant..how would i feel...should i never have children???
Donna

Penticton, Canada

#228 Apr 6, 2011
I have been on this medication for almost 5 yrs now for anxiety attacks. I started out taking 37.5mg and it was way to strong for me as I got the shakes so bad it was like been on speed. I split the capsule in half and have stayed on that dosage all along.
couldn't sleep, bad dreams... so I thought I would just stop it and by day 3 I was a mess, so don't just stop taking it, ween yourself off very slowly.
Lisa Ripley

Margaree Forks, Canada

#229 May 16, 2011
TN Ang wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been switched to the generic and my life has seemed like a roller coaster ride since. I am going to ask my Dr. to write my script for brand. I was on the true Effexor XR for several years and it was a miracle. Because of back pain I had a doctor put me on Cymbalta...that was a nightmare. I have taken the generic Effexor XR now for about 3 months. I never had weight gain on the "brand" meds, but on the "generic" I gained about 40lbs in 4 months. I have mood swings, I an irratable, and have problems sleeping. Sound familiar?
I too have been going through the same thing. I didn't know what was wrong with me and then I figured out the pharmacy switched the drug to a generic brand at the same time I started feeling terrible. I have to go see my doctor now and get him to put on the prescription "brand only". The pharmacy makes you feel like your stupid because they say there is no difference (I'm sorry but my body felt the difference). It is really hard to get the brand names around here.
kathy c

Coquitlam, Canada

#230 Aug 1, 2011
I started taking it for 1 week, even though I would get really bad stomach pains and sick to my stomach. I talked to my Dr. and he just said try taking it a different way, I did and still the same thing....My kids told me to stop taking this that it is poison...
So I listen to my CHILDREN and I feel a whole lot better, even my depression is much better with a good healthy food diet intake.........Love my Kids for all I know I could be a very sick person now.
DO NOT LET THE DR. TALK YOU INTO ANYTHING YOU KNOW HOW YOUR BODY WORKS, NOT THEM.
Best thing I ever did in my life.
maryanne r

Canada

#231 Aug 9, 2011
I have been having mood swings and find myself crying more then usual, I am going to find out about taking something else, I don't know why I was switched to this drug.
Janice Astall

Calgary, Canada

#232 Sep 26, 2011
I am taking 37mg and i want to stop what do I do
Janice Astall

Calgary, Canada

#233 Sep 26, 2011
I want to stop taking this drug what do I do
Msdmothet

Helena, MT

#234 Oct 14, 2011
This drug killed my 26 year old daughter in 10 days.
Christine

Hamilton, UK

#235 Oct 15, 2011
Msdmothet wrote:
This drug killed my 26 year old daughter in 10 days.
I am so sorry to hear this, but not surprised, most people would never believe the dangers these drugs pose. Again, I am so sorry to hear this.
Sandy

Calgary, Canada

#236 Oct 15, 2011
Janice Astall wrote:
I want to stop taking this drug what do I do
Go see your Doctor. You need to taper off of this drug slowly. I didn't and the side effects are quite nasty and drag on for months.

Quitting cold turkey is just not a good idea. 37 mg dose is low but you will still experience withdrawal symptoms. So I highly recommend seeing your doctor.

Good luck and Bravo!
NewUser

Caronport, Canada

#237 Oct 21, 2011
Msdmothet wrote:
This drug killed my 26 year old daughter in 10 days.
How so? Allergic reaction? Suicide? You can't just say it was the drug and not say how.
I'm 22 and just started taking this drug, and I'm curious as to why this happened and if I should legitimately be concerned or not.
Michele Hidalgo

San Jose, CA

#238 Dec 28, 2011
Not all people taking the same drug have the same reaction to it. Which is why we should exercise caution when taking a new medication, even one prescribed by your doctor. Another form of antidepressant, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor such as Paxil were found by studies to cause an increased risk for suicidal tendencies. Be wary.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side...
btdt

Scarborough, Canada

#239 Dec 28, 2011
Michee Hidalgo wrote:
Not all people taking the same drug have the same reaction to it. Which is why we should exercise caution when taking a new medication, even one prescribed by your doctor. Another form of antidepressant, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor such as Paxil were found by studies to cause an increased risk for suicidal tendencies. Be wary.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side...
ALL antidepressants including Effexor have a black box warning on them STATING - increased risk for suicidal tendencies

A black box warning is the MOST SERIOUS WARNING THE FDA CAN GIVE the only step more serious than a black box warning is removing the drug from the market.
I would rather it were BANNED! BUT
btdt

Scarborough, Canada

#240 Dec 28, 2011
Sandy wrote:
<quoted text>
Go see your Doctor. You need to taper off of this drug slowly. I didn't and the side effects are quite nasty and drag on for months.
Quitting cold turkey is just not a good idea. 37 mg dose is low but you will still experience withdrawal symptoms. So I highly recommend seeing your doctor.
Good luck and Bravo!
Most doctors do not know how to taper you off safely and you they generally want to give you more drugs that are addictive and have to be tapered off which causes you more pain and grief...Maybe worse than what you have now.
I suggest you search taper at the bottom of this page and read Reasons to taper off slowly and the effexor taper schedule...

You will split the pill open so be ready.
EllamaeSevere

Torrance, CA

#241 Jan 3, 2012
This type of medication belongs to SNRIs which basically tries to normalize the serotonin and the norepinephrine levels in the brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that has a great influence on the mood. Low levels are often associated with depression and anxety disorders.

http://www.zoloftsertralinebirthdefects.com/z...
Amanda

St. John's, Canada

#242 Mar 18, 2012
Just went on it wrote:
I just started the drug. I really don't want to be on it for life. I want to beat this thing. Can you be on the drug for a short period and get off and get your life back? Any advice would help.
I took it before and weened myself off of them.. been doing really good, but the last month or so i had to go back on them. my head is a bit funny but i find after a little while it will go away... im not planning on being on these for very long either. I take mine in the morning so i can sleep better in the night. Good luck with it.
feels so alone

Sioux Lookout, Canada

#243 Apr 16, 2012
I took novo-venlafaxine for over four years.My life has took a 360.Used to have loving family and lots of friends who wanted to be with me...but now I am alone.My husband left me after 15 years because i wasn't my self anymore...I just want to be myself again.I want to feel happiness again,And possibaly love again.Its been about four months i've been off this crap and its still hard...im hoping that spirtual healing will help me.
P.S
DONT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE...
Sugar

Canada

#244 Apr 16, 2012
anonymous wrote:
dont use it...i'm on it now and im about to get off of it. my mood has been changing like crazy...i dont get panic attacks anymore but my depression is so much worse. i just feel very strange and i cant even explain it. i just dont feel like myself and i've been having strange dreams and cant fall asleep very easily. There are too many side affects...its not worth it.
Whoa - wait a minute. How long have you been on it. It takes times to adjust to it. Initially (a few weeks to a month or more) you may experience some very unsettling side affects. Once these have passed however, you should start to feel a lot better. Sometimes, you need to have the dosage adjusted too.

Take my advice - see your Doctor first before you decide anything. I went off of mine cold turkey and I've got to tell you that the side effects were worse then when I started taking it. It took me three months before I started to feel normal again. I will never take this drug again but I'm just here to stress that if you're not happy with the affects you are feeling now, be careful about getting off of it. Your doctor will be able to help with this as you're better off getting off of it slowly.

Just sayin.

Good luck and take care.
Terri

Vancouver, WA

#245 Apr 16, 2012
I say trust your instincts above and beyond all things. If you feel it is not working or not worth it, definitely trust your instincts to get off of it, but I agree with Sugar 100%. You must taper slowly off this drug, and even with a slow taper you will still suffer through some withdrawals. Hopefully your doctor will know this and help support your taper regimen. There is a thread on Topix that has the best taper schedule if you want to research this some more.

Not getting on the drug in the first place is the advice I give. I recently have a friend tell me she was prescribed this drug for hot flashes. Unfortunately, she did not heed my warning and started taking it.

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