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Effexor is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs).
Effexor is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass of water. Effexor should be taken with food.
Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Effexor
The side effects that are more likely to occur are:
drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, or anxiety;
dry mouth, increased sweating;
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
headache, blurred vision;
tremor or chills; or
changes in appetite or weight.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
I have heard many people do well on this medication. If your concerned please feel comfortable discussing the side effects with your Physician.
Again a warm welcome
Your very welcome and let us know which med you end up going on.
Hi Mungo. I have been on Effexor (small dose - 75 mg) for four years and I intend to stay on it for life. I was put on the drug after my other antidepressant stopped working after seven years. For me Effexor has literally been a life saver. My anxiety was so bad before I just lay on the couch, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, didn't want to live. Now I feel normal..... and how precious that is. My side effects are sweating more and some weight gain. That is NOTHING to getting back to work and living life to the full again. Effexor is a strong drug and it is a strange choice to try you on first time but I have found doctors get their "favourite" drugs and like to try it with everyone if they get good results. When I first started taking it I felt a little nauseous and a bit "wired", as if I'd had lots of caffeine, but after a week both these side effects disappeared.
I wish you all the luck in the world.