Effexor (Venlafaxine) is used to treat major depressive disorder, and anxiety or panic disorders. Venlafaxine is an antidepressant medication belonging to a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). It works by affecting chemicals in the brain which may be unbalanced with people who have depression.
Some common side effects of Effexor may include:
• Vision changes;
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
• Changes in weight or appetite;
• Dry mouth;
• Increased sweating; or
• Decreased sex drive, impotence, abnormal ejaculation, or difficulty orgasming
You should not take Effexor if you are allergic to Efavirenz, Venlafaxine, or Desvenlafaxine. Do not use Effexor within 7 days before or 14 days after using a MAO inhibitor. Many other medications can interact with Effexor. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history, and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. Effexor may cause serious lung problems in newborns, however, do not start or stop this medication during pregnancy without a doctor’s advice. You should not breastfeed while taking this medication, as it can pass through the milk and harm a nursing baby.
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