What is Venlafaxine?

Venlafaxine is th egeneric name for Effexor. It is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). Venlafaxine works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder.

Important Information about Venlafaxine

Venlafaxine should not be given to people under that age of 18 unless directed by a Doctor.

Venlazfaxine has caused suicidal thoughts in young people. If you experience any thoughts of suicide or worsening in mood or behavior contact your Doctor immediately.

Venlafaxine may be habit forming. It is important to take this medication only as directed. Do not take Venlaaxine longer than directed. Do not share this medication with others, keep in a safe place. The misuse of Venlafaxine can result in a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

 

Venlafaxine Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Venlafaxine there are often side effects associated with its use. Most patients experience less severe common side effects. These side effects are not a danger to their health but can be bothersome and should be mentioned to their Doctor at time of recheck. Common side effects of Venlafaxine include;

  • Abnormal dreams
  • anxiety or nervousness
  • chills
  • constipation
  • decrease in sexual desire or ability
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • heartburn
  • increased sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • stomach pain or gas
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tingling, burning, or prickly sensations
  • trembling or shaking
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Other more common side effects of Venlafaxine require immediate attention of your doctor. These side effects include;

  • Changes in vision, such as blurred vision
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • mood or mental changes
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears

Venlafaxine Uses

Venlafaxine is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. This medication is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs), that works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

Just as many other antidepressant medications, Venlafaxine is a drug of choice amongst abusers. When taken in high doses Venlafaxine can produce feelings of euphoria, making the user feel warm and happy. The intentional misuse of Venlafaxine can pose a serious risk to the life and health of the user. Prolonged use of Venlafaxine can result in the individual developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Venlafaxine Dosage and Directions

The recommended adult dose of Venlafaxine for;

  • Depression – 37.5 mg orally twice a day or 25 mg orally 3 times a day initially. The dose can be increased in daily increments of up to 75 mg at intervals of no less than 4 days for maintenance.  Moderately depressed outpatients may receive a maximum of 225 mg/day, divided in 2 or 3 doses/day. Severely depressed inpatients may receive a maximum of 375 mg/day, divided in 2 or 3 doses/day.
  • Anxiety – 75 mg orally once daily initially. The dose can be increased in daily increments of 75 mg at intervals of no less than 4 days. Patients can receive a maximum dose of 225 mg/day.
  • Panic Disorder – 37.5 mg once a day initially. The dose can be increased in daily increments of 75 mg at intervals of no less than 7 days. Patients can receive a maximum dose of 225 mg/day.