Effexor XR

Venlafaxine which is sold under the brand names Effexor and Effexor XR is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorder. The pill was manufactured by Pfizer and approved by FDA in the year 1997 for the treatment of depression.

The generic version of this pill, venlafaxine was approved in the year 2010. This prescription drug is an antidepressant that increases the levels of serotonin neurotransmitters both in the body and brain. By doing so, the pill brightens the mood and alleviates the pain of the person consuming it.

Effexor is predominantly used in the treatment of social phobia, anxiety and panic disorders and depression. Though the pill is only indicated for anxiety related symptoms, it is also prescribed to treat pain during menopause, breast cancer, diabetic neuropathy and migraine.

With its availability in nearly 17.2million prescriptions, this pill was ranked sixth among the most commonly prescribed pill in the US. It is also efficient in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Important information

Before taking Effexor medication, you have to tell to the doctor if you are allergic to Venlafaxine or other medications.

You can take this drug after consulting with a health care professional regarding your health condition like blood pressure, heart disorders, thyroid problem, renal diseases and glaucoma.

When you use Effexor XR, it would impair with your cognition which makes you feel dizzy. So, in this condition you should refrain from doing any activities that requires focus or alert.

A patient who is preparing to undergo a surgery should convey to the doctor regarding the usage of this medication.

Compared to younger patients, older people can easily experience any side effects from this medication. Especially if they suffer from diuretic problem there are high chances for them to get affected by hyponatremia.

During the treatment you have to keep a record on the weight of a child. While taking Effexor, children might suffer from loss of appetite. So, keep a track on weight would be helpful for a doctor to treat efficiently.

You should not halt the treatment abruptly. If you stop a treatment for mental problem, it would only aggravate the symptoms and it could cause many hazards.

Pregnant woman should take this medication only when they are in need of this medication seriously. But, it is better to avoid taking Effexor XR during the last trimester as it would cause withdrawal symptoms in a baby.

Breast feeding woman should not take this drug. This is because; the traces of this drug would pass on to the baby while nursing.


The extended release capsules are available in 37.5mg, 75mg, 150 and 225mg dosage strengths. Buy Effexor XR online as procuring these meds online is very convenient and safe. The pill is generally advised to be taken either with breakfast or dinner and should be taken at the same time every day.

The immediate release Effexor capsule can be broken if told by the doctor but the extended release version capsule should be taken as a whole. As it comes in the form of a capsule the person taking the pill can even sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce and swallow it immediately.

Initially the doctor starts with low dose of the pill which is 37.5mg and may increase it to a maximum of 225mg once a day. It takes a maximum of 2 months for the pill to cause a change in the behavior of the person.

Side effects

The common side effects that occur when taking this pill are

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased sweating
  • Heartburn
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Vomiting and nausea

However serious side effects like, difficulty in breathing, increase in the cholesterol level or abnormal bleeding if occurs should be treated immediately.

Relative Contraindications

The person taking Effexor is not supposed to drive or operate any machinery as the pill induces sleepiness and reduces the ability to think clearly.

The drug is also found to interact with aspirin, tramadol, naproxen and few antidepressants. It is better not to take these drugs together even if they are supposed to be taken together it is advised to take them only under close medical supervision.

Also while taking Effexor a person is not supposed to drink alcohol as alcohol may boost the effect of the drug.


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