What Is Effexor?
This prescription medication is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. It may also have additional alternative uses in helping those who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD.
Many folks who suffer from ADHD report that it helps them to remain focused and relaxed.
It is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor SNRI. It is believed to work by restoring the balance of the neurochemical such as serontonin in the brain.
Common side effects include sleep or appetite disturbance, irritability, dry mouth, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and weight changes. For more information about side effects, read this overview of side effects.
Furthermore, a potentially deadly condition called serotonin syndrome can develop if the body produces too much serotonin.
If you experience any adverse side effects, report them to your prescribing doctor immediately. If your reaction is severe, you may need to seek emergency medical treatment at your nearest hospital.
This medication also carries the risk of withdrawal, which may include some serious potential health risks including tremors, hallucinations, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, sweating, and fever.
It may also cause abdominal discomfort, mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, flu symptoms, general malaise, decrease in appetite, anxiety, agitation, irritability, and memory and concentration difficulties, and others.
In order to avoid withdrawal, do not abruptly stop taking this medication. For more information about withdrawal, see this article about withdrawal.
There may be an increased risk of birth defects and miscarriages in pregnant women taking this medication. Read about the risks of combining antidepressants and pregnancy.
It is available in regular and extended release (XR) form, and should be taken with food without crushing or chewing.
Finding the best dosage depends upon various factors including age, other medical conditions one may have, other medications one may be taking, and other factors.
General Guidelines And Safety Tips
Medications affect everyone differently, so a bit of trial and error may necessary in order to find the best balance for each individual.
It may take 4 weeks or more to see the full effect of the medication. Try to be patient and take it at the same time every day. As always, do not stop using it without first talking to your doctor.
Remember to only take this medication as prescribed, and do not mix with alcohol. Do not operate heavy machinery while taking this medication.