Compare Effexor vs. Oleptro

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Effexor
(Venlafaxine)

Oleptro
(Trazodone)

Improves mood and helps you relax. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. May work when other antidepressants haven't, it's but more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Improves mood and helps you sleep. Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.
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Reviews for Effexor (Venlafaxine)
61%
of people say Effexor (Venlafaxine) is worth it
50%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Oleptro (Trazodone)
72%
+11% vs. Effexor (Venlafaxine)
48%
2% vs. Effexor (Venlafaxine)
24%
2% vs. Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Side effects
EffexorOleptro
  • Nausea 42%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dizziness 20%
  • Nervousness 17%
  • Sleep difficulty 16%
  • Loss of appetite 15%
  • Sweating 14%
  • Dry mouth 13%
  • Dry mouth 11%
  • Muscle weakness 10%
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  • Somnolence/sedation 27%
  • Drowsiness 21%
  • Dry mouth 14%
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness 13%
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Blurred vision 11%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Skin condition/edema 6%
  • Headache 6%
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How it works
EffexorOleptro
Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulate mood.Oleptro (Trazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
EffexorOleptro
Antidepressant
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)
Prescription only
Antidepressant
Serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
EffexorOleptro
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
EffexorOleptro
How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.

After 4 weeks using Start and Effexor (Venlafaxine), here’s how much better people feel.

The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Oleptro (Trazodone)
Risk factors for serious side effects
EffexorOleptro
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Stopping Effexor (Venlafaxine) suddenly
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking other blood-thinning drugs
    • History of bipolar disorder
    • At risk for bipolar disorder
    Detailed Effexor (Venlafaxine) risks & warnings »
    • Age 24 years or younger
    • History of seizures
    • Alcoholism
    • Eating disorder
    • Higher dose
    • Drug interactions
      • Age 65 years or older
      • Alcohol
      • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      Detailed Oleptro (Trazodone) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      EffexorOleptro
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
      • Effexor (Venlafaxine) can cause lower sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm. If the problem persists after the first 2 to 3 months, you can talk to your doctor about alternative antidepressants or performance-enhancing medications.
      • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
      • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
      • Rarely, Oleptro (Trazodone) can cause a painful, persistent erection for 4 hours or more. Seek medical attention.
      Sleep
      • Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping.
      • Stopping Effexor (Venlafaxine) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and dizziness. Withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 3 days of stopping the medication, and go away within 1 to 2 weeks. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
      • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
      • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
      • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
      • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      EffexorOleptro
      • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
      • Lowers relapse rates of depression.
      • Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping.
      • Might work when other antidepressants haven't worked since it affects two chemicals in the brain that impact your mood. Many other antidepressants affect only serotonin, but not norepinephrine too.
      • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
      • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
      • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
      • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
      • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
      • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
      • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
      Downsides and risks
      EffexorOleptro
      • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
      • Not the best option for people with high blood pressure.
      • Overdosing on this medication could be fatal.
      • It's more likely to cause nausea and vomiting or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. Also causes more sleepiness than others.
      • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
      • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
      • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
      • More sedating than other antidepressants.
      • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
      • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
      • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      EffexorOleptro
      • Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood.
      • You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day.
      • Extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole. If you can’t swallow pills, open the capsule, sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce and then swallow it without chewing.
      • Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
      • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
      • Can cause temporary dry mouth and upset stomach.
      • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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