Generic Name(s): venlafaxine
Drug Class: SNRIs
Treats: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder
Effexor XR (venlafaxine) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, which helps to target chemicals in the brain that may be off balance. The prescription drug is used to treat individuals suffering from anxiety, depressions, or panic disorder.
Effexor Xr is a prescription medicine indicated for the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and social phobia. It may help improve the user’s mood and boost energy levels so that he or she can regain interest in day to day living. This medication can also reduce fear, unwanted thoughts, anxiety and the frequency at which panic attacks occur.
Effexor Xr may also be used to treat hot flashes in postmenopausal women.
Effexor Xr is in a class of medications known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by restoring the balance of some chemicals produced naturally in the brain such as norepinephrine and serotonin.