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USES: This medication is used in the treatment of depression. The extended release form of this medication is also used to treat anxiety.

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OverviewPhotosHow To UseSide EffectsPrecautionsMissed DoseDrug Interactions

This medication is used in the treatment of depression. The extended release form of this medication is also used to treat anxiety.
  • Laboratory tests may be done periodically while taking this medication to monitor the effects.
  • See your doctor regularly.

  • Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.


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How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed.
  • During the first few days your doctor may gradually increase your dose to allow your body to adjust to the medication.
  • Take this medication with food.
  • Do not take this more often or increase your dose without consulting your doctor.
  • Your condition will not improve any faster but the risk of serious side effects will be increased.
  • Do not stop taking this drug suddenly without your doctor's approval.
  • Your dose may need to be gradually reduced to prevent adverse effects.

Side Effects
  • This medication may initially cause dizziness and nausea as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • Other side effects reported include sweating, loss of appetite, dizziness, dry mouth, anxiety, tremor, blurred vision, constipation, sleepiness, change in sexual ability.
  • If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop a rapid, pounding or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, severe headache, breathing trouble, painful or difficult urination or skin rash while taking this medication.
  • This medication may cause drowsiness, dizziness or clouded thinking.
  • Use caution operating machinery or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or if you have any allergies.
  • Elderly persons may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
  • Use with caution.
  • This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Try to take each dose at the scheduled time.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially MAO inhibitors (e.g., tranylcypromine, phenelzine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, furazolidone) other antidepressants, cimetidine, lithium, sedatives, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine, morphine), or seizure medication.
  • Also, report use of sumatriptan and medication for weight control.
  • It is recommended to avoid alcohol while using this medication.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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User Medicine Opinions for Effexor
Latest opinions Results: 1-5 of 8
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Overall:1 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 44
Time Taken: 3 weeks

Reason: I was Prescribed Effexor to be a lower cost alternative for Lexapro... Date: 12 January 2011
Side Effects
I was doing great on Lexapro... I needed to cut cost as I am unemployed at the moment. So my doctor switched me to Effexor... That is where the nightmare began... It started to control my thoughts... it made me suicidal when I had never been before...and it lead up to the day that I almost shot myself... I had to struggle for everything I was worth to get out of the house and get help. I am not alone in this. Effexor is great for some people, but the majority it makes their depression and anxiety (panic attacks) worse and leads to suicidal thoughts and attempts. That was not the worst part of it... According to medical professionals out there who themselves have experienced it... coming of Effexor is as bad as coming off of heroine. I could not explain it in a way that anybody would understand including doctors without them experiencing it... I have just made it past 2 weeks and the effects are just now starting to subside... I have never been so sick and miserable... I wanted to die b/c it was more than I could handle... There is a gene (rs1449683C/T ) that determines how you will handle Effexor.... most people do not tolerate it well.... Be Warned... I never want anybody to go through what I have been through... The web is loaded with facts and data to back everything that I have said. I was only on the medication for 3 weeks and it did this to me... most people take 2 weeks to 1 month to come down from the withdrawals. Some have reported going through over a year who have been on the medication longer....

Additional Thoughts
Also the maker of Effexor has 2 lobbyist for Effexor for every single congress person... why do they need this...??? And why have they not been forth coming about the negative part of their research...??? And why hasn't the FDA done anything about it... The evidence is out there... I am only telling you this with no other purpose that I may spare anybody for this nightmare that I have just gone through....

Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 35
Location: canada
Time Taken: 3 years

Reason: Depression Date: 9 June 2009
Side Effects
low sex drive, dry mouth, dizziness sometimes, blured vision, lower appitite, and sometimes nausea.

Additional Thoughts
I have taken it for over three years now and have had to up the dose and lower the dose at times to make it work. but over all it works pretty good.

Overall:4 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 35
Location: NZ
Time Taken: 9 months

Reason: depression. anxiety. quit smoking. Date: 22 March 2009
Side Effects
I take 75mg. I initially experienced itching. rapid heartrate, jaw clenching, yawning, nausea, headache, extrme sedation etc. Now I have menstrual/fertility problems, anorgasmia, problems with being creative.

Additional Thoughts
This drug has helped with what I wanted, but now the side effects are becoming intolerable. I believe drugs can have very unique effects so I hope people are supported by their family and doctor when taking these. They are both potentially dangerous and lifesaving. I do no think they should be taken for a long time unless regular review is made by the doctor.

Overall:4 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 46
Location: Canada
Time Taken: 13 months

Reason: depression after loosing my job followed by a heart attack. Date: 17 August 2008
Side Effects
sweating, gained weight, problems reaching orgasm

Additional Thoughts
I feel for those individuals who claim to have had a rough time with this drug. I was lucky, I guess, and had very little problem, and it helped me significantly. I would recommend this drug to others in hopes that it will help them as it did for me.

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 42
Location: Manhattan
Time Taken: 4 years

Reason: Depression & GAD Date: 7 March 2008
Side Effects
My dose is 450mg day Working up to that dose, early on, I experienced urgency Missing several days dosing causes headache

Additional Thoughts
Many medline sources, (NE J Med, etc.), cite doses of at least 225mg or over are required In summary, the citations clearly indicate that at 225mg, the medication finally BEGINS to elevate dopamine levels (as well as elevations in SE and NE). However, it is only when dopamine if finally stimulated that the ultimate therapeutic effect begins Thus, patients require dosing of 225mg or above for ultimate therapeutic effect. At 450mg, I have no side effects; nor do I experience side effects if I miss a couple days; no side effects if I only take only 1 or 2 pills a day rather than 3 for a period of a week or so..

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