Effexor is a common prescription drug that many instead of Pristiq for anxiety. The drug utilizes venlafaxine to help treat anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and social anxiety disorder by regulating the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. It comes in two main forms: immediate release and slow release.
This medication may help reduce any unwanted thoughts, depression, and anxiety disorder in your daily life and increases your energy and general interest in things, so you can enjoy your life. Most users find Effexor to be highly effective in treating their mental disorder. While they may experience some side effects, most find them to be mild enough to continue treatment. If you’re suffering from a mental disorder, such as anxiety or depression, it’s essential to talk to your doctor about Effexor and determine if it’s right for you.
When it comes to using Effexor, it’s important to follow your doctor and/or pharmacist’s instructions and read the guide given to you by the pharmacist with every new bottle. If you have any further questions or concerns, always reach out to your doctor or pharmacist for further explanation.
If you take the slow release tablets, you can expect to take this is an oral medication once daily, and it is recommended you take it with food. For immediate release tablets, you can expect to take the medication two to three times a day. It is not advised you damage the pill (such as crushing, chewing, or dissolving it) unless advised to split the pills by your pharmacist, as this may release the medication immediately rather than a slow release over 24 hours.
Once you begin taking the medication, it may take some time for it to take effect, but it is crucial to maintain your medication regimen. Even one day without it risks relapsing and experiencing the same symptoms of your mental disorder, and though you might be feeling better, you should not stop taking your medication unless advised by your physician. What do you do if you forget a dose? Take your pill as soon as you remember it unless it is close to the next dose you usually take; in the event that it is close to the time for the next dosage, you may skip the last dose. If you think you might no longer need it, are experiencing negative side effects, or think you would benefit from a lower dosage, consult with your doctor. Your doctor can help determine what’s best for you, medication-wise, that will allow you to transition easier without the effects of withdrawal.
If you experience withdrawal, you may notice a return in your symptoms (i.e., symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety, symptoms of social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, etc.), as well as mood swings, confusion, headaches, and fatigue. If you start to notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
If your condition does not improve while on Effexor or you experience severe, negative side effects, talk to your doctor. Your dosage may need to be adjusted or medication switched entirely.
Side Effects of Effexor
As with other drugs, Effexor has gone through numerous studies to ensure it is safe and effective, but it can still have side effects. Monitoring your behavior, symptoms, and general well-being will help you know how it affects you and will help you and your doctor determine whether you should continue the medication. If you are prescribed Effexor, it is because the benefits outweigh the risks and side effects.
One of the most common side effects is a worsening of your condition. If you feel your condition has gotten worse, rather than improved, while on Effexor, talk to your doctor immediately. Effexor is also more likely to promote nausea and vomiting than other SSRIs.
Other common side effects of Effexor include:
- Loss of appetite
- Blurred vision
- Decreased libido
Many people who experience one or more of these side effects feel they do not interfere with their lives much or at all. Instead, they feel Effexor significantly improves their lives, making the side effects seem minimal. However, there is a risk for more serious, but rare, side effects.
Less common, serious side effects include:
- High blood pressure
- Thoughts of suicide
- Serotonin syndrome
If you start to notice any of these side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
Risks of Effexor
You should not take Effexor if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have a seizure disorder
- Have recently taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
- Are allergic to the medication
Make sure to talk to your doctor beforehand if you have any of these conditions, as taking Effexor could be harmful. Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding, have high blood pressure, or have glaucoma, as well. Do not drink alcohol while taking Effexor, as it can increase drowsiness. Taking Effexor can still be possible with these conditions; however, special monitoring or precautions may be necessary.
Overdosing on Effexor
Always take the dosage given to you by your doctor. In the case of an overdose, immediately call your doctor, poison control (1-800-222-1222), or 911, especially if a loved one has overdosed and is no longer conscious or breathing. If you notice tingling, numbing, simultaneously hot and cold sensations, drowsiness, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting, immediately seek medical attention, as these are all signs of overdosing. Other serious warning signs to look for are seizures and a coma.
All overdoses are time-sensitive, so it is imperative that those affected immediately seek medical treatment. If you or a loved one begins showing addiction or overdose symptoms, after seeking immediate medical treatment, it is important to find the right care facility which can help continue to stabilize your or your loved one. At WeRecover, we can help you choose the right treatment facility for you or your loved one’s needs.
When Effexor is taken correctly, it can be a powerful tool that helps control the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders and allows a person to live their life freely. However, with any drug, it is important to weigh the benefits with the risks and let your doctor know of any pre-existing conditions prior to taking the medication.
Want to learn more about Effexor? Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can answer any questions or concerns you may have. There are also numerous online resources you can read up on, and often, going to online forums to see what other people are saying about their experiences can help you determine whether Effexor is right for you.