Venlafaxine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). Venlafaxine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. Venlafaxine is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. Venlafaxine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medication with a full glass of water. Venlafaxine should be taken with food. Swallow the controlled-release capsule (Effexor XR) whole, without crushing or chewing. To make the medication easier to swallow, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a small amount of applesauce. Swallow all of the mixture without chewing, and do not save any for later use. Try to take venlafaxine at the same time each day. It may take 4 weeks or more for your symptoms to improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop using venlafaxine without first talking to your doctor. You may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly. Store venlafaxine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.


Effexor XR Discussions

  1. link Kaylag27
    withdrawal symptoms
    I have been on effexor for 4 years now. If I miss taking them by as little as 4 hours, I begin to get shakes, and heart palpatations. I feel like a dr - 85% more...
    Kaylag27- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
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    bad side effects
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    Jess232450- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
  3. link Mamamay144
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    Hello to all It's now been 1 week since I took myself off of Effexor XR and a lot of the symptoms are going away all though I still have some it's not - 74% more...
    Mamamay144- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Effexor XR
  4. link Mamamay144
    Effexor XR bad dreams, cold turkey, nutritional supplements, tiredness, effexor
    Good morning to all I'm letting everyone know that I have taken myself off of Effexor XR cold turkey and I'll keep you posted this is my 4th day now t - 80% more...
    Mamamay144- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
  5. link Neat1405
    Red Dye # 40
    Is red dye # 40 a ingredient in effexor xr considering the capsule is red for 150mg?
    Neat1405- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
  6. link Natalie668
    Withdrawal Symptoms
    If I forget to take my tablet (75mg) for a few days (3-4 days) I get these pounding headaches, and I seem to get really light headed, I'm now unable t - 89% more...
    Natalie668- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
  7. link Lcudaback
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    I don't remember the dosage I was on, but about 6 years ago I started taking Effexor XR. I lasted about 6 months on it and begged my doctor to take me - 81% more...
    Lcudaback- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Effexor XR
  8. link Littlehobbit
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    After reading these reports I worked with a psychiatrist to taper off the medication. (I was put on it by my primary care physician and my psychiatris - 77% more...
    Littlehobbit- over a year ago - in Effexor XR
  9. link Ljvanover
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    I experience these vivid dreams that seem to exhaust me in the morning...also sweating more at night but also I get very hot during the day. If I don' - 29% more...
    Ljvanover- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Effexor XR
  10. link Dmbfreak
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    Dmbfreak- over a year ago - 5 Replies - in Effexor XR
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