Effexor XR (Venlafaxine XR)
Effexor XR Information
Effexor, generically known as Venlafaxine, is a drug belonging to the antidepressant and anti-anxiety agents that aid in the control of depression and anxiety attacks.
Effexor XR Indications
Effexor is a medicine used to treat mental depression, as well as anxiety disorders and its symptoms.
Before taking this antidepressant drug, determine if you are allergic to Venlafaxine or other components of Effexor.
Effexor and Pregnancy
Effexor has not been tested in pregnant women but tests on pregnant rats indicated that high doses of Effexor lead to birth defects and foetal death. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become so when you are prescribed this medication.
This antidepressant medication has a tendency to be passed into breast milk and may cause unwanted side effects in the nursing infant. It is advised that you stop breast feeding when using Effexor.
You must also inform your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions:
Effexor Intake Guidelines
Take this antidepressant medication as prescribed by your doctor. Do not deviate from their instructions and follow the guidelines outlined for the proper intake of this medicine.
Effexor should be taken with meals or on a full stomach to lessen stomach upsets associated therewith.
If you are taking the extended release capsule, never chew or break the capsule. Swallow it whole.
The dosage of Effexor varies from patient to patient depending on factors such as age, body weight and degree of mental depression and anxiety.
The usual dose for adults for the treatment of depression ranges from 75 mg to 375 mg a day, to be determined by the patient’s doctor.
The usual dose for adults for the treatment of anxiety ranges from 75 mg to 225 mg per day, to be determined by the patient’s doctor.
If an overdose is suspected, immediately consult a doctor. If symptoms worsen and become intolerable, seek emergency medical attention immediately. The symptoms of an Effexor overdose include:
Effexor Missed Dose
It is strongly advised never to take a double dose of this medication. If a dose is missed, skip it and only take the next dose in the schedule.
Effexor Side Effects
Unwanted side effects of Effexor include:
These are the most common side effects of Effexor.
Atypical side effects include:
Ask for medical advice if you experience any of the side effects listed above.
Effexor Drug Reactions
Let your medical consultant or doctor know if you are taking any of the following medicines before taking Effexor:
You may be prescribed a lower dose of Effexor or you may be advised to entirely taking it entirely.
In some countries EFFEXOR may also be known as: Venlafaxine, Dobupal, Trevilor, Vandral, Elafax, Ganavax, Mezine, Quilarex, Sesaren, Efectin, Venlift, Depurol, Nervix, Norpilen, Senexon, Sentidol, Venlax, Velaxin