Good Morning Mish,
You are like me, anytime I have to start a med I want details upfront.
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
Side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
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.
Effexor is effective for many people but may take 2-6 weeks until improvement occurs. Reference: The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs; 7th Edition.