Effexor - antidepressant. Active ingredient - venlafaxine and its main metabolite O-desmetilvenlafaxine which are strong inhibitors of the return serotonin reuptake and noradrenaline and weak inhibitors of the return capture of a dopamine. It is considered that the mechanism of antidepressive action is connected with ability of drug to strengthen transfer of nervous impulses in CNS.
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Effexor Product Description
Effexor is a new type of antidepressant, related to the class of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Effexor inhibits reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in a lesser extent, by increasing the concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain and in the body.
Structurally new antidepressant Effexor is prescribed to adolescents aged 18 and older, adults and elderly patients for symptomatic relief of:
social anxiety disorder
major depressive disorder
The therapeutic dose of Effexor is matched, depending on the patient's state and positive response to antidepressant treatment. The recommended initial dose of Effexor makes 75mg per day. Effexor initial daily dose is divided into 2-3 doses and must be taken during a meal.
If the antidepressant effect is poorly achieved, Effexor daily dose can be increased to 150 mg. For severe psychiatric disorders treatment, the maximum daily dose of 350 mg of Effexor can be administered.
If you’ve accidentally missed a dose of Effexor, do not try to compensate the effect by a double dose of the antidepressant. Wait for the time of the next dose of Effexor and skip the missed one. However, if there is a lot of time to the next dose of the drug, you can take a missed dose of Effexor as soon as you remember about it.
Postmarketing studies of Effexor revealed that at discontinuation of this antidepressant (especially in abrupt withdrawal), the patients may experience side effects. Therefore, Effexor withdrawal should be gradual.
The antidepressant effect of Effexor develops gradually. Significant improvement of the mental health can be observed in a few weeks of systematic application of Effexor. To increase the effectiveness of anxiety and depression treatment, the patients on Effexor are recommended to completely give up alcohol.
Antidepressant Effexor should be stored at room temperature not exceeding 30°C, in a tightly closed container in a dry place.
Effexor Safety Information
In patients, suffering from severe depression, Effexor may worsen their baseline state or cause suicidal thoughts and behavior. Therefore, the patient’s family is recommended to thoroughly control his mental state, and at the first signs of suicidal ideation, consult the doctor.
Patients taking Effexor should be careful, because the antidepressant may develop serotonin syndrome (dangerous drug reaction). Often, serotonin syndrome appears at combined application of Effexor with other serotonergic drugs, so the co-administration of the antidepressant serotonergic agents should be avoided.
Information about mental disorders in the review of Effexor is not intended to consider it to substitute for the medical advice of the specialist, qualified in treatment of depressive disorders. Publication of this information shall not impose liability upon the online pharmacy for any damage that may be associated with the use of materials on anxiety, depression and Effexor.
Effexor Side Effects
Antidepressant Effexor may cause different adverse reactions, including: ecchymosis, abdominal pain, epistaxis, dyspepsia, myalgia and agitation. The children aged 6 to 17 years may experience these adverse reactions more frequently than the adults. Very rarely, Effexor may cause serious adverse reactions that require the withdrawal of the antidepressant. The reasons for the withdrawal of Effexor can be: asthenia, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, headache, nervousness, dream disorders, sweating and dry mouth.