is the branded drug sold by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the generic drug Venlafaxine
. It is a prescription antidepressant used in treating the symptoms of depression and anxiety related disorders like panic disorder, social anxiety disorder. Effexor has been one of the most widely used drugs by people to live a better quality of life and treat depression. Venlafaxine belongs to the new class of anti-depressant medications that affect the neurotransmitters and works by restraining the release or affecting action of these neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine etc.
Effexor [Venlafaxine] is available in Extended Release capsules and are available in various strengths of 37.5, 75 & 150 mg. These are also available in tablets form of 25, 37.5, 50, 75 & 100 mg. Effexor treats the symptoms of depression
and anxiety by affecting the levels of two natural chemicals in brain and provides the required relief to the patients. Effexor can be prescribed by doctors and your health care professionals in various combinations as necessary. There are various starting dosages like 37.5mg is the recommended starting dosage for panic disorders, whereas 75mg is the recommended dosage for generalized anxiety disorder.
Effexor should be taken by the patients in a single dose along with food and it is advisable to maintain the same medication timing every day, either in morning or night. The capsules should never be crushed, chewed, divided, it has to be consumed or swallowed as whole with water. In case of any dosage missed, it is recommended to take the capsules at later time in the day or night, however never two dosages should be combined to make up for the missed dosage/medication. Also without the proper instructions from doctor, the intake should not be increased or decreased by the patient.
Venlafaxine or Effexor [branded] consumption can have most of the common side effects as any other anti-depressant medicine like nausea, anxiety, headache, drowsiness, and constipation, and dry mouth, loss of appetite, weakness, sweating and nervousness. It is also possible that it may increase the blood pressure or cholesterol in some of the patients. The side effects if any will reduce in due course of time. If the patient is taking another type of anti-depressant called monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), Effexor should not be used along with that medication and also the doctor has to ensure that they stop the medication of the MAOI at least 14 days before starting Effexor.
It is very important for the patients taking Effexor or any other anti-depressants to discuss any abnormalities in their behavior or mood with their doctors and discuss with them the benefits and risks associated with usage of such drugs. This is very essential for younger patients. If patients are deciding to discontinue the medication, it is recommended to talk with the doctor. Discontinuation symptoms or withdrawal symptoms like changes in mood, sensory disturbances might occur when patients suddenly stops or lowers the dosage. The dosage should be gradually reduced and then stopped per instructions from doctor. Effexor as a medicine is not addictive.