Effexor XR Information:
Effexor XR (generic name: Venlafaxine HCl extended-release capsule) is an antidepressant drug. It belongs to the group called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). It is used to treat manic depression, severe anxiety and panic attacks. It works by repairing an imbalance in the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, which are two chemicals in the brain. In patients with depression, there is an imbalance in the chemicals within the brain. Scientists so far do not know the cause of such imbalance, although there are various drugs, like Effexor, which are known to correct the chemical levels which cause depression.
Effexor XR Side Effects:
As with any medication there are some side effects of Effexor XR that may be experienced, including drowsiness or fatigue, dizziness, sweating, increase in dreaming, dry mouth, change in appetite, weight loss or gain, nausea, constipation, low libido and impotence. More serious side effects include seizures, stiff muscles, changes in heartbeat, fever, hallucinations, memory loss or problems, confusion, headaches, diarrhea, feeling faint, coughing, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. If you experience any side effects you should seek medical attention immediately for safety. Another side effect is that you may have suicidal feelings during the first few weeks of taking Effexor XR, however doctors will always monitor new patients on Effexor XR for the first 12 weeks.
Effexor XR Directions:
Effexor XR comes in extended release form in capsules, and should be taken orally with water and food. You should take Effexor XR as prescribed by your doctor. There is also dosage information on the leaflet in the pack. You should try to take Effexor at the same time each day, and if you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember within the same day. Never take a double dose of Effexor. You should notice an improvement in your symptoms after one month and should inform your doctor if this is not the case. Do not stop taking Effexor XR without consulting your doctor as immediately stopping this medication can have adverse effects.
Effexor XR Precautions:
Do not take Effexor XR if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, and consult your doctor. You should inform your doctor if you have any other ore-existing conditions including bipolar disorder, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, epilepsy, high cholesterol or glaucoma. You should consult your doctor also if you are taking any other medications such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, selegilin or monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). You should wait at least 2 weeks after stopping MAOIs before starting Effexor XR. Some people may have suicidal feelings when starting Effexor XR, and it is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you notice your symptoms worsening. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive, as Effexor XR may harm an unborn child in the late stages of pregnancy.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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