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Effexor XR
(Venlafaxine XR)

Manufacturer : Wyeth
Formulation : Capsule


Venlafaxine Xr
(Generic alternative to Effexor XR)

Manufacturer : Cipla
Formulation : Capsule


What is Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR used for?

This medication is used to treat patients with anxiety, panic disorder, and major depressive disorder.

How should Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR be stored?

This medication should be stored at room temperature. Keep the medication away from heat and moisture.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Effexor XR/Venlafaxine XR ?

Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medication longer than recommended by your doctor. Take this medication as directed by your doctor. Take Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr) with a full glass of water and with food. Swallow the pill whole. Do not break, crush, open, or chew a controlled-release capsule. You may open the capsule and sprinkle it onto a small amount of applesauce and swallow the mixture without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. It may take 4 weeks or longer before your symptoms will improve. Continue taking the medication as directed by your doctor for the most optimal result. Do not stop taking the medication without first consulting with your doctor because stopping the medication suddenly will cause unpleasant side effects.

When should Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR not be taken?

Do not use Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr) if you are allergic to venlafaxine or if you are currently taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as Nardil (phenelzine), Eldepryl or Emsam (selegiline), Marplan (isocarboxazid), Azilect (rasagiline), or Parnate (tranylcypromine). Wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAOI before you take Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr). Wait at least 7 days after stopping Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr) before you take an MAOI.

What precautions should I follow when taking Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR ?

Inform your doctor about the following before taking Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr): if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you have bipolar disorder (manic depression); if you have cirrhosis or other liver disease; if you have kidney disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, seizures or epilepsy, high cholesterol, or a bleeding or blood clotting disorder.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR ?

When first starting Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr), you may have suicidal thoughts, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. You are required to visit your doctor regularly on the first 12 weeks of treatment or more. If you notice any new or worsening symptoms such as anxiety, trouble sleeping, mood or behavior changes, panic attacks, or if you feel impulsive, agitated, irritable, restless, hostile, more depressed, hyperactive (mentally or physically), aggressive, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself, contact your doctor immediately. Avoid alcohol when taking Effexor XR (venlafaxine xr) because it may increase the side effects of venlafaxine.

When should Effexor XR /Venlafaxine XR not be taken?

Severe: Easy bruising or bleeding; very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, overactive reflexes; headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, confusion, hallucinations, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops; increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision); severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination.

Common: Dry mouth; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; increased appetite; drowsiness, dizziness, feeling nervous; mild nausea, constipation; blurred vision; or changes in weight.

Other: None.