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VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

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. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

3.91M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 83 of 3238

$163M
Retail Cost

Rank: 139 of 3238

607,441
Patients

Rank: 121 of 3238

214,448
Prescribers

Rank: 95 of 3238

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of people say

it's worth it

45%

of people say

it worked well

25%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 52,825 299,550 $13.4M
Pennsylvania 36,571 265,448 $10.7M
New York 34,258 221,678 $9.6M
Texas 37,604 208,310 $9.37M
Florida 36,604 197,781 $7.57M
Ohio 28,619 176,653 $7.58M
North Carolina 23,048 144,236 $5.29M
Michigan 24,460 130,653 $5.62M
Illinois 19,336 124,700 $4.79M
Georgia 19,105 120,055 $4.33M
Tennessee 18,370 111,768 $4.56M
Missouri 16,028 108,516 $4.22M
Massachusetts 14,689 106,213 $4.54M
Minnesota 14,390 95,971 $4.78M
Wisconsin 13,896 95,339 $4.25M
Indiana 15,025 91,600 $3.73M
Virginia 14,310 86,291 $3.69M
Washington 14,010 86,044 $4.25M
New Jersey 12,208 75,082 $3.15M
Kentucky 12,312 73,786 $2.86M
Alabama 11,834 72,917 $2.47M
Arizona 12,007 68,858 $2.88M
South Carolina 10,990 64,972 $2.89M
Louisiana 10,025 63,580 $2.83M
Iowa 8,399 62,351 $2.41M
Oregon 9,776 59,223 $2.95M
Colorado 9,718 57,089 $2.57M
Oklahoma 8,644 50,311 $2.12M
Connecticut 6,762 46,812 $1.79M
Kansas 6,693 44,416 $1.66M
Mississippi 6,837 43,743 $1.71M
Arkansas 6,652 42,780 $1.91M
Maryland 7,258 39,874 $1.73M
West Virginia 6,230 39,069 $1.51M
Nebraska 4,511 32,783 $1.17M
Maine 4,635 30,056 $1.27M
New Hampshire 3,401 24,740 $997K
Idaho 3,854 24,197 $1.26M
Utah 3,947 23,686 $1.3M
New Mexico 4,141 23,263 $1.42M
Rhode Island 2,893 22,473 $793K
Nevada 3,368 17,405 $698K
Montana 2,491 16,652 $611K
Vermont 2,116 14,232 $559K
South Dakota 1,945 14,003 $548K
North Dakota 1,923 13,742 $458K
Delaware 1,979 10,859 $492K
Hawaii 1,146 6,687 $240K
Wyoming 961 6,129 $258K
Alaska 620 5,277 $146K
District of Columbia 625 2,885 $125K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JESUS RIVERO MD

Geriatric Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,552

CAROLINA

Puerto Rico

JAMES SHOLTZ M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,341

COVINGTON

Louisiana

EDGAR ORTIZ MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,305

BAYAMON

Puerto Rico

NILDA GARCIA SILVA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,161

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

FRANCISCO PARRA MD

Addiction Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,142

MANATI

Puerto Rico

GARY FIGIEL M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,011

ATLANTA

Georgia

JOSE RODRIGUEZ CAY M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled875

CAGUAS

Puerto Rico

BEN RAINES DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled731

HAYS

North Carolina

JAE PAK M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled708

SNELLVILLE

Georgia

MARCO RODRIGUEZ APONTE MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled701

PONCE

Puerto Rico

ALVIN HOLM MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled686

SAINT PAUL

Minnesota

JAYME BORK

Neurology

Claims Filled681

DULUTH

Minnesota

WILLIAM VANHORN MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled673

CONWAY

South Carolina

RAMON GARCIA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled673

SACRAMENTO

California

MANUEL GARCIA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled647

MIAMI

Florida

JOHN WINSTON GONZALEZ M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled640

TERRE HAUTE

Indiana

GONCHIGARI NARAYANA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled632

MOLINE

Illinois

LINDA KOLLROSS MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled619

EAU CLAIRE

Wisconsin

LISA WIRTH M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled602

ATHENS

Georgia

HERIBERTO LOURIDO FERRER M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled591

ARECIBO

Puerto Rico

SYLVIA LAGDAN ARNP

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled591

TACOMA

Washington

RUTH RIVERA-MALAVE MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled584

MANATI

Puerto Rico

ASAF ALEEM MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled582

ATLANTA

Georgia

ROBERT SEVENICH MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled579

SAINT PAUL

Minnesota

RONALD GOLDBERG MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled576

HAVERHILL

Massachusetts