Venlafaxine hydrochloride (Effexor, Effexor Xr, Venlor)
Venlafaxine (Effexor) medication used, side effect, etc.
Venlafaxine hcl known as a Effexor, Effexor Xr or Venlor - is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. This means it increases the concentrations of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the body and the brain. It is used to treat depression, general anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, diabetic neuropathy and migraines.
Venlafaxine is used primarily for the treatment of depression, general anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and vasomotor symptoms. At low doses (<150 mg/day), it acts only on serotonergic transmission. At moderate doses (>150 mg/day), it acts on serotonergic and noradrenergic systems, whereas at high doses (>300 mg/day), it also affects dopaminergic neurotransmission.
Take Venlafaxine (Effexor) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. It should be taken with a glass of water, with or without food. Do not crush or chew an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to venlafaxine or pregnant women and children. Venlafaxine is not recommended in patients hypersensitive to it, nor should it be taken by anyone who is allergic to the inactive ingredients, which include gelatin, cellulose, ethylcellulose, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and hypromellose. It should not be used in conjunction with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), as it can cause potentially fatal serotonin syndrome.
The most regular side effects include nausea / vomiting, fever, digestive upsets (diarrhea), blurred vision, sexual dysfunction. Sometimes an allergic reaction may occur. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some patients and there may be some side effects not known yet. At any rate, notify your doctor or local poison centre at once if you experience any side effects that are bothersome for you. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information.
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