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VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Venlafaxine extended-release (long-acting) capsules are also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worrying that is difficult to control), social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life), and panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Venlafaxine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by increasing the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine, natural substances in the brain that help maintain mental balance. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

658K
Medicare Part D Claims
$60.4M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Florida 79,441 $4.41M
California 78,281 $4.83M
Ohio 54,884 $3.06M
Texas 53,495 $3.09M
Pennsylvania 52,322 $3.19M
New York 48,205 $2.86M
North Carolina 38,951 $2.32M
Georgia 34,298 $1.81M
Tennessee 33,717 $1.86M
Illinois 30,397 $1.75M
Michigan 30,139 $2.09M
Missouri 29,953 $1.68M
Massachusetts 26,595 $1.73M
Kentucky 26,548 $1.42M
Washington 26,332 $1.7M
Virginia 23,283 $1.36M
Arizona 22,718 $1.28M
Indiana 22,102 $1.27M
Minnesota 21,890 $1.38M
Arkansas 21,310 $1.2M
Alabama 20,527 $1.03M
Wisconsin 20,367 $1.3M
Colorado 17,530 $1.11M
South Carolina 17,397 $1.02M
Oregon 17,315 $1.09M
Oklahoma 16,186 $938K
Louisiana 14,793 $750K
Iowa 14,346 $814K
Kansas 12,896 $689K
Puerto Rico 12,543 $375K
Mississippi 12,430 $595K
New Jersey 11,393 $707K
Maryland 9,005 $562K
Rhode Island 8,578 $548K
Nebraska 8,404 $437K
Connecticut 7,934 $461K
New Mexico 7,913 $466K
West Virginia 7,543 $435K
Idaho 6,421 $392K
Nevada 6,399 $373K
Utah 5,939 $408K
New Hampshire 5,294 $321K
Maine 4,651 $266K
Montana 3,678 $206K
South Dakota 3,538 $202K
North Dakota 2,509 $121K
Vermont 2,402 $160K
Delaware 1,968 $130K
Hawaii 1,729 $110K
Wyoming 1,662 $107K
Alaska 733 $33K
District of Columbia 391 $25.2K
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »


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Top prescribers for VENLAFAXINE HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
FREDRICK SHORT DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled140

LENEXA

Kansas

RADHIKA MENON M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled140

HUDSON

Florida

MARK SLAVEN MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled139

ONEIDA

New York

CAROL HOLDER CRNP

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled138

UNION SPRINGS

Alabama

DONALD SPRADLIN DO

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled137

COLORADO SPRINGS

Colorado

WILLIAM TAYLOR MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled137

DUBLIN

Georgia

MICHAEL WITT M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled137

CHATSWORTH

Georgia

RAVI BHALLA M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled136

PEORIA

Arizona

MICHAEL DEEN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled136

ALMA

Georgia

XIN WANG MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled136

NORWALK

California

KENNETH WRITESEL D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled135

GROVE CITY

Ohio

WILLIAM LORIMER M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled135

DURHAM

North Carolina

JOHN WAGNER DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled135

STOW

Ohio

BETTY WALKER RICHARDSON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled135

CORDELE

Georgia

CARLOS VELAS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled134

BETHLEHEM

Pennsylvania

ALVIN BIRD D.O.

General Practice

Claims Filled133

WINFIELD

Kansas

ILIE DRAGOMIR MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled133

OCEANSIDE

New York

PAUL HARRIS D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled133

COLUMBUS

Ohio

SOFIA QADIR MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled132

ORLANDO

Florida

RAYMOND PONGONIS D.O.

Sports Medicine

Claims Filled132

COLUMBUS

Ohio

FREDERICK CARROLL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled132

MOUNT VERNON

Ohio

JOHN NOGA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled131

CATAWBA

Virginia

MICHAEL SILVER M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled131

PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island

BIPIN DESAI M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled130

MARION

Ohio

LARRY LEONE DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled129

GALION

Ohio