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Review: could Effexor xr cause Confusion?

Summary: Confusion could be caused by Effexor xr, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Depression.

We study 20,298 people who have side effects while taking Effexor xr from FDA and social media. Among them, 309 have Confusion. Find out below who they are, when they have Confusion and more.

On Apr, 7, 2014: 20,196 people reported to have side effects when taking Effexor xr. Among them, 309 people (1.53%) have Confusion. They amount to 0.16% of all the 191,515 people who have Confusion on eHealthMe.

Trend of Confusion in Effexor xr reports

Time on Effexor xr when people have Confusion * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Confusion52.67%12.67%8.67%6.67%12.00%6.00%1.33%

Age of people who have Confusion when taking Effexor xr * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Confusion0.00%0.00%3.15%9.09%14.34%25.52%13.64%34.27%

Severity of Confusion when taking Effexor xr ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Confusion26.67%33.33%33.33%6.67%

How people recovered from Confusion ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Confusion0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (112 people, 36.25%)
  2. Anxiety (26 people, 8.41%)
  3. Convulsion (13 people, 4.21%)
  4. Pain (10 people, 3.24%)
  5. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (10 people, 3.24%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (24 people, 7.77%)
  2. Lamictal (19 people, 6.15%)
  3. Effexor (18 people, 5.83%)
  4. Folic acid (18 people, 5.83%)
  5. Nexium (18 people, 5.83%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (12 months ago):

  • venlafaxine 150mg twice daily (mTBI from concussive blast + combat PTSD)
    trazodone 100 - 150mg at bedtime (sleep aid)

    Possible undiagnosed atrial fib aggravated by SNRI and SSRI dosage.

    Three EKGs inside of two weeks. All normal and showing elevated heart rate. Heart rate skyrockets for no reason. Makes me feel nauseas and I sweat a lot.

    Sweat so bad while I sleep I have to wear a t-shirt.

    The tremors are the worst. Sometimes it is very light and controllable. Other times I am shaking so bad I could not sign my own name no matter how hard I concentrate.

    Confusion and memory is bad.

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    Babak on May, 20, 2013:

    I am interested to know more about this because I suffered a similar symptom when I came around after ECT and was given Venelafaxine.
    I suffered 8 hours of palpitation and I had elevated heart beat even on the following day.
    I think my aortic valve was damaged because I was dismissed very quickly from the hospital and later I found out that I had developed a heart murmur which lead to replacement of the valve after five years.
    My family has no history of heart disease but when I complained they told me that it must have been genetic.
    One thing I don't understand. Were you on hydrocortisone as well?

    Reply

  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • Confusion started when Amitriptyline was added

    Reply

  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • Started episodes of sudden yet intermittent vertigo with back pain/locking and several subsequent falls after initial doxe of levothyroxine and with subsequent increased of levothyroxine. Symptoms gradually decline over about a week.

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