Effexor: What is it good for?
Effexor: Why is it
is prescribed for the treatment of depression. Effexor is usually prescribed for
the type of depression which actually interferes with daily functioning, with
symptoms frequently including such things as changes in appetite, sleep habits,
coordination, decreased sex drive, increased fatigue, feelings of worthlessness,
difficulty concentrating, slow thinking and suicidal thoughts.
Effexor is also prescribed
to relieve abnormally high levels of anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder).
This problem is usually indicated by persistent feelings of anxiety for a period
of at least six months, accompanied by at least three of these six symptoms:
restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and
Effexor must be taken two to
three times a day. The extended-release form, Effexor XR, permits once a day
Effexor -The most important
fact about this medication:
Effexor has been known to
have a fatal reaction when it is used in combination with other drugs known as
MAO inhibitors, including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate. Absolutely,
never take Effexor with one of these drugs, and do not begin therapy with
Effexor within 14 days of discontinuing treatment with one of them. Also, allow
at least seven days between the last dose of Effexor and the first dose of an
How should Effexor be taken?
You should take Effexor with
food, exactly as prescribed. It usually takes several weeks for this medication
to take effect and for you to start feeling better. Your doctor should
periodically check your progress.
You should take Effexor XR
once a day at the same time each day. Swallow the capsule whole or with water.
You should not divide, crush or chew it.
If you miss a dose…
It is not necessary to make
up the missed dose. You should then skip the missed dose and continue with your
next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
Storage instructions for
You should store Effexor in
a tightly closed container at room temperature. Also, protect it from excessive
heat and moisture.
By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist PhD Candidate
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The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition
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