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Venlafaxine ER (generic Effexor XR)

  • What is venlafaxine ER?
    Venlafaxine ER (generic Effexor XR) is a prescription drug used to treat a range of mental health conditions, including major depressive disorder (MDD), social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.

    While effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, venlafaxine ER has been shown in rare cases to increase suicidal thoughts and actions in patients under the age of 24. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text them at 741741, or dial 911.

  • What are common side effects of venlafaxine ER?
    While adverse reactions to venlafaxine ER are rare, some patients who take the drug experience mild side effects, including nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, sweating, abnormal ejaculation, anorexia, constipation, erectile dysfunction, and decreased libido.

    Rare, more serious events have been known to occur. If you are concerned that venlafaxine ER is causing you to experience any number of side effects, please visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.

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What is Venlafaxine ER?

Venlafaxine ER is a prescription antidepressant medication used to treat major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.

Depression is a common mental health condition caused by physiological, biological, and social factors that is characterized by a persistently depressed attitude and a loss of interest in daily activities and hobbies. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that some 7% of the U.S. population experiences a depressive episode each year.

Luckily, antidepressant medications like venlafaxine have proven effective in managing and treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or dial 911.

What is Venlafaxine ER used to treat?

Venlafaxine is prescribed to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and panic disorder.

Social anxiety disorder is a condition that makes you fear interacting with others. Generalized anxiety disorder often causes excessive worrying that can be difficult to control and manage. Panic disorder causes sudden, extreme attacks of fear and worrying.

Doctors use venlafaxine to help reduce their patient’s symptoms of these conditions.

How does Venlafaxine ER work?

Venlafaxine belongs to a family of antidepressant drugs known as SNRIs, or selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.

SNRIs work by increasing the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. These two substances are neurotransmitters that regulate and stabilize your mood and, put simply, tell your brain to feel happy. Sometimes, when these two chemicals are released into the brain, they are reabsorbed by the body before they can do fully do their job. Without these substances regulating your mood, you may feel depressed, anxious, and unhappy. Venlafaxine and other SNRIs prevent reuptake - the process by which the brain reabsorbs these chemicals before they can be used - to increase the quantity of serotonin present in your brain.

What are common side effects of Venlafaxine ER?

While there are some common side effects associated with venlafaxine, it is important to remember that your doctor prescribed this drug because they believe that its benefits outweigh any adverse side effects it may cause.

Some side effects you may experience, though, include:

Nausea Drowsiness Dry mouth Sweating Abnormal ejaculation Anorexia Constipation Erectile dysfunction Decreased libido

Rarer side effects may include: Photosensitivity reaction, chills Postural hypotension, syncope, hypotension, tachycardia Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, bruxism Ecchymosis Hypercholesterolemia, weight gain, weight loss Seizures, manic reaction, agitation, confusion, akathisia, hallucinations, hypertonia, myoclonus, depersonalization, apathy Urticaria, pruritus, rash, alopecia Mydriasis, abnormality of accommodation, tinnitus, taste perversion

Urinary retention, urination impaired, urinary incontinence, urinary frequency increased, menstrual disorders associated with increased bleeding or increased irregular bleeding

As with many antidepressants, venlafaxine may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, adolescents, and young adults. Young people prescribed venlafaxine should be closely monitored. If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or dial 911.

This is not a complete list of venlafaxine side effects. For more information on side effects you may experience while taking this medication, visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed page for venlafaxine.

How long does it take for Venlafaxine ER to work?

Depression is a complex condition caused by a variety of disparate factors. It may take up to 4-6 weeks of venlafaxine before you begin to feel better. You should not stop taking venlafaxine before consulting with your doctor.

What is a typical starting dose of Venlafaxine ER?

The typical starting dose of venlafaxine is dependent on the condition that is has been prescribed to treat. When prescribed for major depressive disorder, starting doses are usually between 37.5 to 75 mg per day. Over time, your doctor may increase this to a maximum of 225 mg per day.

For generalized anxiety disorder, starting doses also range from 37.5 to 75 mg per day and may also be increased to a maximum of 225 mg per day. These same exact dosing guidelines also apply to panic disorder.

In patients with social anxiety disorder, venlafaxine is often initially prescribed at 75 mg per day. Unlike other conditions, when used to treat social anxiety, venlafaxine dosages are not increased beyond the initial 75 mg.

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