Venlafaxine (Effexor)

10 Tablets, 20 mg

Generic Name: Venlafaxine
Used to treat depression and certain anxiety disorders
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What is the drug Effexor used for?

  • Venlafaxine, the generic name for, Effexor is used to treat depression and certain anxiety disorders.
  • Venlafaxine is taken once to twice daily with food and water.
  • Please contact doctor right away if your symptoms of depression get worse, experience sudden mood changes, or if you are having suicidal thoughts while taking Venlafaxine.

What are the most common side effects of Effexor?

  • Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, confusion, constipation, insomnia, and blurred vision.
  • Venlafaxine may increase your blood pressure. Notify your doctor if you experience headache and blurred vision.

Can Effexor cause you to lose weight?

  • Initially, you can experience some weight loss due side effects such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Long term treatment with Effexor can result in a slight weight gain due to better outlook, better mood, and increased appetite.

What kind of drug is Venlafaxine?

  • Venlafaxine is an antidepressant which may work by increasing the amounts of natural chemicals in the brain called serotonin and norepinephrine.

How long does it take for Effexor to take effect?

  • Maximum benefit of Effexor may take 4 to 6 weeks.

Do I take Effexor at night or in the morning?

  • You can take Venlafaxine in the morning or in the evening with food. Take it in the evening if you feel lightheaded or dizzy and take it in the morning if you are having trouble falling asleep.

If I stop taking my Effexor, are there withdrawals?

  • Effexor should be slowly tapered off to avoid potential withdrawals. Suddenly stopping Effexor can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, cold sweat, tremor, anxiety, and seizure. Severity of withdrawal depends on the dosage and duration of treatment.

Can you drive on Venlafaxine?

  • Venlafaxine can cause lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness, but severity of these symptoms may vary from patient to patient.
  • It is important you see how your body responds to Venlafaxine, before driving. These symptoms should get better within few weeks.

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