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Effexor: What is it good for?


Effexor: Why is it prescribed? 

effexor VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDEEffexor is prescribed for the treatment of depression. Effexor is usually prescribed for the type of depression which actually interferes with daily functioning, with symptoms frequently including such things as changes in appetite, sleep habits, coordination, decreased sex drive, increased fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, slow thinking and suicidal thoughts. 

Effexor is also prescribed to relieve abnormally high levels of anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder).  This problem is usually indicated by persistent feelings of anxiety for a period of at least six months, accompanied by at least three of these six symptoms: restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. 

Effexor must be taken two to three times a day.  The extended-release form, Effexor XR, permits once a day dosing. 

Effexor -The most important fact about this medication: 

Effexor has been known to have a fatal reaction when it is used in combination with other drugs known as MAO inhibitors, including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate.  Absolutely, never take Effexor with one of these drugs, and do not begin therapy with Effexor within 14 days of discontinuing treatment with one of them.  Also, allow at least seven days between the last dose of Effexor and the first dose of an MAO inhibitor. 


How should Effexor be taken? 

You should take Effexor with food, exactly as prescribed.  It usually takes several weeks for this medication to take effect and for you to start feeling better.  Your doctor should periodically check your progress. 

You should take Effexor XR once a day at the same time each day.  Swallow the capsule whole or with water.  You should not divide, crush or chew it. 

If you miss a dose… 

It is not necessary to make up the missed dose.  You should then skip the missed dose and continue with your next scheduled dose.  Do not take two doses at once. 

Storage instructions for Effexor… 

You should store Effexor in a tightly closed container at room temperature.  Also, protect it from excessive heat and moisture.

By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist PhD Candidate 

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