Effexor XR

Brand Name : Effexor, Effexor XR

Generic Name : Venlafaxine

What is Effexor XR?

Effexor XR is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). Effexor XR affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

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Effexor XR is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder.

Important Information About Effexor XR

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Effexor XR, or if you are also using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).

You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start taking an antidepressant, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Effexor XR. It may take 4 weeks or more for your symptoms to improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop using Effexor XR without first talking to your doctor. You may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly.