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Zoloft vs Effexor, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 49

This is personalized comparison of Zoloft vs Effexor for a female aged 49. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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What are the drugs

Zoloft (latest outcomes from 78,096 users) has active ingredients of sertraline hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

Effexor (latest outcomes from 54,972 users) has active ingredients of venlafaxine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

On May, 13, 2014: 17,253 female patients aged 45 who take the same drugs are studied in Zoloft vs Effexor

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female45Depression

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Zoloft sertraline hydrochloridePfizer
Effexor venlafaxine hydrochlorideWyeth Pharms Inc

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 45 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zoloft (Pfizer)Effexor (Wyeth Pharms Inc)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
DepressionDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Depression
Headache (pain in head)Headache (pain in head)
Chest PainFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Drug IneffectiveAnxiety
AnxietyDizziness
Weight IncreasedWeight Increased
Asthenia (weakness)Chest Pain
PainPain

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zoloft (Pfizer)Effexor (Wyeth Pharms Inc)
DepressionDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)Depression
AnxietyDizziness
DizzinessParaesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Headache (pain in head)
Feeling AbnormalInsomnia (sleeplessness)
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)Feeling Abnormal
Suicidal IdeationCrying
Panic AttackFatigue (feeling of tiredness)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Zoloft3.75%20.05%36.46%29.31%10.43%
Effexor8.40%18.38%33.05%27.64%12.54%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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