Effexor is a medication used in the treatment of psychiatric conditions including major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. The active ingredient, venlafaxine, belongs to a class known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). In other words, Effexor increases the availability of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain and, as a result, the mood of patients has the potential to rise. There are, of course, risks with all psychiatric medication, not least the risk of inducing suicidal ideation. However, Effexor has proven to be effective in the long-term treatment of many mentally disabling conditions.
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Effexor is only used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Effexor is only prescribed if alternative therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, have proven ineffective. Many patients will take Effexor alongside CBT in their course of treatment.
Below you will find the different uses for Effexor:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
Effexor dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional"s directions carefully for best results.
Major Depressive Disorder
- 37.5mg to be taken twice daily or 25 mg to be taken three times daily.
- 37.5mg to be taken once daily.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- 75mg to be taken once daily.
Effexor Side Effects
Effexor, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Effexor, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Decreased libido
- Suicidal ideation
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Effexor. As with all drugs, before taking Effexor, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.