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Effexor and Effexor Side Effects Information

What is Effexor?

EFFEXOR XR is a medication used to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Many users report feeling great as a result of taking Effexor. It is believed to help treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety by affecting the levels serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Although Effexor has shown great results in some individuals, other individuals experience effexor side effects. Side effects of Effexor are detailed below.

How does Effexor work to help with anxiety?

Effexor XR is known as an SNRI, or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, and is believed to help treat depression and the associated symptoms of anxiety by affecting the level of two chemicals in the brain—serotonin and norepinephrine. These two chemicals are believed to play a key role in depression and the associated symptoms of anxiety. Correcting the imbalance of these two chemicals may help relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Are There Effexor Side Effects?

Side effects of Effexor may initially include dizziness and nausea as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects reported include sweating, loss of appetite, dizziness, dry mouth, anxiety, tremor, blurred vision, constipation, sleepiness, change in sexual ability.

If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop any of these serious potential side effects of effexor: rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, severe headache, trouble breathing, painful or difficult urination, skin rash.

In addition, effexor side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, or clouded thinking. Use caution operating machinery or engaging in activities requiring alertness. If you notice other effexor XR side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How Much Effexor Will I Need To Take?

The amount of Effexor a patient needs varies with each individual and the condition being treated. Effexor can be prescribed in different dosage strengths (37.5 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg). The usual starting dose is 75 mg. Effexor should be taken as a single dose with food at about the same time every day, either in the morning or evening. When taking Effexor for the first time, patients should watch for any of the potential effexor side effects detailed above.

Drug Abuse and Dependence - More Effexor Side Effects:

Side effects of Effexor are known to occur when people stop using Effexor, especially when they suddenly stop therapy. When people suddenly stop using Effexor, they can experience effexor XR side effects and symptoms such as Agitation, Nausea, Anxiety, Nervousness, Confusion, Nightmares, Diarrhea , Seizures, Dizziness. sensory disturbances, Dry mouth (including electric shock Fasciculation sensations), muscle twitching, Somnolence (sleepiness), Headaches, Sweating, Hypomania, Tiredness, Impaired coordination, Tremor, Insomnia (trouble sleeping), Unpleasant mood, Loss of appetite, or Vomiting.

Do not stop taking Effexor without talking with your doctor first. Your doctor may want to slowly decrease your dose of Effexor to help avoid these kinds of symptoms


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