Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride)
What is Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) used for?
Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) is an antidepressant. This drug belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SSNRIs. It is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders and social phobia. By helping to restore the balance of natural substances in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, this drug may improve the patient's energy level and mood. It may also help to reduce feelings of fear, anxiety and panic attacks.
How should I use Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride)?
Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) tablets are taken orally, with food. You should not chew or crush the tablet. Instead it should be swallowed whole without crushing or splitting. Patients are sometimes directed to take one tablet daily, with food or as directed by their physician. However, you should always consult your physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed to you and never exceed the recommended dosage. In order to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, patients should never suddenly stop taking this medication once they have started taking it. Patients should instead consult their physician, as their dosage may need to be gradually decreased.
What are the side effects of Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) include:
Consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice muscle cramps, tremors, decreased sexual ability, unusual bruising, breathlessness, seizures, hallucinations, persistent nausea, severe diarrhea or twitching muscles.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Efexor XR (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially glaucoma, heart problems, kidney disease or liver illnesses, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Consult your physician immediately if you experience any thoughts of suicide or self harm.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.