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Venlafaxine

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Uses

Venlafaxine is used in the treatment of depression and diabetic nerve disease

How it works

Venlafaxine increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating the mood and treat depression.

Common side effects

Headache, Dizziness, Decreased libido, Blurred vision, Sleepiness, Insomnia, Vomiting, Weakness, Nausea, Dry mouth, Abdominal pain, Agitation, Lethargy, Dyspepsia, Increased sweating, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Fatigue, Anxiety, Chills, Diarrhoea, Vertigo, Increased blood pressure, Decreased appetite, Flushing, Constipation, Sleep disorder, Tremor

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Expert advice

  • Take Venlafaxine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take it more often or for a longer period of time. 
  • You may have to take Venlafaxine at least for 4 weeks or longer before you begin to feel better. 
  • Do not discontinue the use of Venlafaxine, unless the doctor has advised you. This may increase the chances of side effects.
  • Venlafaxine should be taken with food to minimize the chances of an upset stomach. 
  • Avoid driving after taking as it may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness and confusion. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Venlafaxine, it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness. 
  • Venlafaxine may cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour changes. 
  • Venlafaxine causes sleepiness, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Frequently asked questions

Venlafaxine

Q.

Is venlafaxine an SSRI/MAOI/narcotic/ antipsychotic/ sedating/benzodiazepine?
Venlafaxine is an antidepressant drug. In animal studies, it is found to have serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) activity. It is not a narcotic/ antipsychotic/ sedating/ benzodiazepine

Q.

Is venlafaxine safe?
Venlafaxine is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor for a particular disease condition

Q.

Is venlafaxine the same as Effexor?
Yes, Effexor is a brand name of drug containing venlafaxine

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Can I take Effexor/venlafaxine forever?
No, patient should take Effexor/venlafaxine for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

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Can I take Effexor (venlafaxine) with Mucinex (guaifenesin)?
Taking Effexor (venlafaxine) with Mucinex (guaifenesin) does not cause any harmful effects. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use

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Can I take venlafaxine or Effexor with Xanax (alprazolam)/diazepam/ mirtazapine/ tramadol/ hydrocodone/ Wellbutrin (bupropion)?
Taking Effexor (venlafaxine) with Xanax (alprazolam)/ diazepam/ mirtazapine/ tramadol/ hydrocodone/ Wellbutrin (bupropion) may cause harmful effects such as fits, dizziness, and serotonin syndrome. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use

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Does venlafaxine contain MAOI?
No, it does not contain monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

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Does venlafaxine affect birth control/ affect libido/ cause memory loss?
These side effects are observed with venlafaxine use. Consult your doctor if you experience one or more such symptoms

Q.

Does venlafaxine help with anxiety/ pain/to lose weight?
Venlafaxine is used to treat major depressive episodes and to prevent recurrence of such episodes. Its use in anxiety, pain and to lose weight is not established. Please follow doctor's advice regarding its use.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)