Effecxor XR helps to cure depression, anxiety as well as panic disorders.
Dosage and Directions
- Effexor XR needs to be consumed orally with a glass of water.
- Cutting, chewing or crushing not recommended.
- Consume it with food, never take it on an empty stomach.
- Try to follow a proper routine for the medication.
- Never modify the dosage without informing your doctor.
Never discontinue the medication mid-course.
- Children should be given this medicine only under the doctor’s instructions.
- Never share your medication with others having similar symptoms.
In case you feel that you have taken an overdose, you need to get in touch with a poison control center and seek immediate medical assistance.
In case you miss a dose and realize it close to the time of your next dose, then you can resume your regular schedule. Never consume a double dose, or consume two doses within a short time gap, else it may trigger side effects. In case you notice any abnormal symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical assistance.
Word of Caution:
Before consuming Effexor XR, you need to inform your doctor if you are suffering from anorexia, glaucoma, blood pressure, heart, liver or kidney disorders, bipolar disorders, seizures, or suicidal tendencies.Patients who are undergoing treatment for high cholesterol issues also need to
inform the doctor about the same, before starting the medication. Also, let your doctor know if you have an allergy to venlafaxine or any other food or product. Not suitable for pregnant and nursing women.
Like all medicines, Effexor XR also interacts with quite a few medicines like, MAO Inhibitors, weight control drugs, aspirin and other similar medicines, medicines for blood pressure, migraine, NSAIDS, cimetidine and so on. Hence, it is important to share your complete medical history with your doctor,
including the entire list of herbal as well as non-herbal medicines you are taking, as well as any dietary supplements that are part of your routine. The medicine also interacts with alcohol, hence it is recommended to stay away from alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs.
Word of Warning:
The effects of Effexor XR should be evident within a month; however, if there is no improvement you need to inform your doctor. Also, go for regular check-ups while on medication, to monitor the progress. Sudden discontinuation may cause withdrawal symptoms; hence, patients need
to be weaned off the medicine slowly to avoid any side effects. People close to the patients need to observe if the patient is manifesting depressive or suicidal tendencies or if the condition is worsening. One also need to note any abrupt changes in the feelings, like sudden anxiousness, panic attacks, hostile tendencies, aggressiveness, impulsive behavior and others.
In case this is observed at the onset of treatment, or after the dosage has been modified, then you need to inform the doctor of the same. At times, Effexor XR causes high BP and quickening of the heartbeat. You need to inform the doctor about this. Some patients experience dizziness, blurring of vision and drowsiness. Hence we advise you not to drive, or use heavy machinery which may cause a risk, due to lack of focus. Avoid standing or moving suddenly as it may trigger dizziness.
Avoid consuming alcohol as it may trigger side effects. If you experience dryness of the mouth, you can chew on sugarless gum, or drink water to ease the discomfort. Never take any other medicine without informing the doctor while the treatment is going on.
Side effects may include skin allergies, swelling, breathing issues, blurring of vision, hallucination, seizures, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, abnormal bleeding or bruising, constipation, perspiration, trembling, weight loss, and a lot more. In case you notice any abnormal symptom manifest itself, then you need to infor the doctor of the same.
Effexor XR should be kept in temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees C. It
should be kept in places which are beyond the reach of kids and pets. Never use
the medicine after the expiry date. You must store it in a place which is dry and