Effexor-XR-XR belongs to the class of antidepressants. It affects the unbalanced brain chemicals that cause depressive disorder or anxiety.
Effexor-XR is used for the treatment of depression, panic disorder, generalized and social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
- Before start taking Effexor-XR, inform your doctor about the presence of the following diseases:
- liver disease,
- kidney disease,
- high blood pressure,
- seizures or epilepsy,
- bipolar disorder (manic depression),
- bipolar disorder or suicide in a family history or suicidal thoughts.
- If you suffer from one of the above-listed diseases, you can’t take Effexor-XR or require the dosage adjustment and special monitoring during the treatment.
Effexor-XR belongs to the category “C” on FDA classification with regard to the pregnancy. It means that it is unknown if the drug can be harmful to the fetus. Don’t take Effexor-XR without consulting the doctor, if you are pregnant or can get pregnant during the treatment.
Effexor-XR gets into the breast milk and can affect the baby through breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, don’t take Effexor-XR without prior medical consultation.
Effexor-XR must be taken in strict accordance with the doctor’s instructions. It may take 4 weeks or more to improve the patient’s condition. Moreover, the sharp drug withdrawal can cause unpleasant side effects. Consult a doctor or pharmacist to clarify the indications for use.
Every dose must be washed down with water. Effexor-XR should be taken during the meal.
You should immediately stop taking the drug and consult a doctor in case of the following serious side effects:
- allergic reaction (tightness of the chest; airways obstruction; swollen lips, tongue, face; rash);
- low blood pressure (vertigo, weakness);
- high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision);
- fever or chills.
More likely you will experience the other, less serious side effects. Keep taking the drug and tell the doctor if you have:
- blurred vision;
- sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
- decreased libido, sexual debility, difficulty in achieving orgasm;
- dry mouth;
- tremor, nervousness, anxiety and inability to concentrate; or
- changes of weight and appetite.
There may be other side effects, not outlined in this guide. Tell the doctor about any unusual side effects, especially those which cause your concern.