Main information about Effexor

Effexor helps to improve an efficacy of your brain and increase a concentration of the chemical ingredients which control mood and stress. This is a strong antidepressant which contains Venlafaxine.

Effexor is an antidepressant of the new generation. In low doses, it blocks the reuptake and increases a concentration of serotonin, and high doses increase a concentration of noradrenaline.

It is proved that serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors act more effectively, and the effect occurs faster.

Most studies have indicated a high safety of Effexor. In comparison with other antidepressants, this drug seldom causes side effects in the central nervous system and does not affect the functions of the cardiovascular system.

Effexor is prescribed not only for the treatment of depression but also for anxiety neurosis, accompanied by a sense of anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, and others.

Anxiety is reduced in 5-7 days of taking Effexor but the therapeutic effect usually occurs in 14-18 days during the treatment of the depression.

In case of the long-term use of the drug, the symptoms of the emotional disorder will be reduced, and the effect will grow.

Administration and dose of Effexor

The dose of Effexor depends on the severity of the disease. If light forms of depression, patients are prescribed Effexor 75 mg once per day. The pills are used at the same time (in the morning or evening), regardless of the meals.

If severe forms of depression accompanied by anxiety, the daily dose may be 225 mg (3 pills of Effexor 75 mg per day).

A prolonged form of Effexor XR may be also used which contains 150 mg of the active ingredient Venlafaxine and acts within 24 hours.

Depending on the reaction of a patient to the use of the antidepressant and efficiency of the therapy, the dose may be adjusted. To do that, examination and dynamic of the disease is followed every 3-4 weeks.

Recommendations for the use

  • Do not increase the dose of Effexor. If the therapy is started from the minimal daily dose, there is a chance of the suicidal thoughts, panic, and acute psychoses. In order to avoid these side effects, the treatment should be started from low doses, and a dose of Effexor is increased little by little only if the side effects are absent
  • If you took any antidepressants, in particular MAO inhibitors, take a break for at least 2 hours before using Effexor
  • Effexor often causes a withdrawal syndrome. It happens due to the abrupt termination of the drug use, or incorrect treatment. To avoid this, gradually lower the dose of Effexor and follow your health. If the side effects appear after the termination, begin the use of Effexor in the dose of 37,5
  • Patients under 18 years old, pregnant women, and patients with diseases of kidney/liver should not take Effexor

Side effects

Effexor is characterized by the following side effects: dizziness, nausea, headache, drowsiness or agitation, fatigue, vivid dreams, tremors, and muscle weakness.

Most patients experience the side effects in light or moderate form, and they completely pass in 2 weeks after the beginning of the treatment. But in case of the development of mania/hypomania, suicidal thoughts, and other severe side effects, go to a doctor.