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Review: could Effexor xr cause Headache?

Summary: Headache is found among people who take Effexor xr, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Neurontin, and have Depression.

We study 20,443 people who have side effects while taking Effexor xr from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,258 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

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Effexor xr

Effexor xr has active ingredients of venlafaxine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 21,881 Effexor xr users)

Headache

Headache (pain in head) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis. (latest reports from 202,378 Headache patients)

On Mar, 2, 2015: 20,443 people reported to have side effects when taking Effexor xr. Among them, 1,477 people (7.22%) have Headache.

Trend of Headache in Effexor xr reports

Time on Effexor xr when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache41.95%22.41%9.62%8.72%10.53%4.66%2.11%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.07%0.00%3.61%7.41%20.01%24.48%29.53%14.90%

Severity of Headache when taking Effexor xr ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headache9.30%41.86%39.53%9.30%

How people recovered from Headache ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headache11.76%11.76%76.47%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (705 people, 47.73%)
  2. Anxiety (306 people, 20.72%)
  3. Pain (84 people, 5.69%)
  4. Hypertension (75 people, 5.08%)
  5. Panic attack (68 people, 4.60%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Neurontin (142 people, 9.61%)
  2. Effexor (118 people, 7.99%)
  3. Lipitor (115 people, 7.79%)
  4. Synthroid (114 people, 7.72%)
  5. Xanax (108 people, 7.31%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Support group for people who take Effexor xr
    Hi. just started 37.5 dose 3 days ago for anxiety. Sole care giver for 87 year old mom who jave been in hospital for 6 weeks waiting for a retirement home. Having chills and sweats. Also a bit dizzy. Was on Ciprolex before but got weak and severe head pain. Hoping these effexor symptoms will pass.
  • Support group for people who have Headache
    Welcome! I'm hoping more people join soon! Is there any particular information or feedback you are looking for today?

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  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • Within 3 to 4 months of starting ABILIFY, I gained about 40 pounds. As for the akathisia (feeling of restlessness or shaking on the inside), it wasn't bad until my dose got to 15mg. Eventually it went away and I still take 15mg/day. (haven't been able to lose much weight though. Side effects with EFFEXOR include severe sweating and a electric zap-like feeling in my head if I forget a dose or even miss it by a few hours.

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  • From this study (7 months ago):

  • Get ill doing any form of exercise get bad headaches with chronic vomiting and wretching this lasts for hours also twitching and shaking. Been ill for months now.

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  • From this study (7 months ago):

  • I believe alot of my symptoms are related but after seeing 7 different specialists and them running many different tests I still don't have a diagnosis. Many of the tests are abnormal but nothing seems to fit completely together. My gastroenterologist is referring me to a surgeon for severe gastro reflux that can't be controlled with medication. I can't take the ferrous sulfate because of nausea.

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    rossta75 on Jul, 21, 2014:

    I'm not sure what state you live in but I have researched this same issue and THC the active ingredient in Marijuana and a few other active chemicals will calm the stomach and increase appetite. I'm not a user but I am considering it under medical advice.

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