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Effexor

Generic Name: Venlafaxine

Brand Names: Effexor, Effexor XR, Venlift

Dosage Package: 150mg, 75mg, 37.5mg

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To treat different forms of depression doctors prefer using different antidepressants. It helps to achieve a great efficiency and lower a risk of the development of the addiction to the action of certain drug. The most effective drugs are antidepressants of broad-spectrum action such as Effexor that arrests the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

General description

Effexor is one of the most popular antidepressants in the USA and Canada. It includes an active ingredient Venlafaxine which is added to the list of 12 most effective and safest antidepressants of the new generation according to the results of the medical and marketing studies.

When Effexor reaches the body, it is metabolized into more active form O-desmethylvenflaxine which is quickly accumulated in the blood plasma and goes to the receptors of the central nervous system. The mechanism of the action of Effexor is related to the increase of the level of the main neurotransmitters in the brain: serotonin and noradrenaline.

During meta-analyses, Effexor has shown higher results in the treatment of depression than classical serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Besides a high efficiency of Effexor, doctors state its high pharmacological safety. A probability of the side effect of Effexor is low even though this is one of the strongest antidepressants on the pharmaceutical market.

Indications for the use

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Neurosis
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Panic fear

In what dose is Effexor used?

To control a psychological health, Effexor is taken within 6 months and more depending on the efficiency of the antidepressive therapy. At first, patients are prescribed a pill of Effexor 37,5 mg in the morning and evening, and the body reaction is observed. If a patient did not have side effects within 2 weeks, the daily dose is increased by two times.

The optimal daily dose of Effexor is 150 mg (a pill of Effexor 75 mg in the morning and evening). If acute conditions of anxiety or fear, Effexor is taken in the dose of 225 mg per day. The daily dose is adjusted depending on the intensity of the symptoms of the psychological disorder and a patient’s health.

Whenallsymptomsofdepression/anxiety disappear, it is necessary to begin a gradual cessation of Effexor administration. The daily dose should be reduced by 75 mg every 2 weeks. A sudden cessation can enhance the side effects.

Overdose

In case of the overdose of Effexor, patients often have severe nausea, vomiting, seizures, high blood pressure, tachycardia, a condition close to coma. If you see the signs of the overdose after the use of the high dose of Effexor, it is necessary to seek for a medical aid.

Medical interaction

  • Take into account that a simultaneous use of Effexor with drugs affecting the central nervous system can cause unpleasant side effects. Inform your doctor about all drugs you are taking at the moment
  • The simultaneous use of Effexor with MAO inhibitors is contraindicated, the medicine may be used in 14 days after the use of the MAO inhibitors
  • Avoid alcohol consumption during the treatment

Preventive measures

  • Do not take Effexor if you are under 18 years old, have renal/hepatic failure in acute form, have had a myocardial infarction, have uncontrolled hypertension, or severe heart diseases
  • Do not take Effexor during pregnancy.

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