When to take Effexor Antidepressant

Effexor is prescribed for major depressive disorder treament. Multiple double blind studies shown Venlafaxine's effectiveness in treating depression.

A major depressive disorder is containing at least 4 of the 8 following symptoms:

- appetite increase/decrease

- sleep changes

- loss of psychomotor coordination

- loss of interest in normal activities like work, walks, sex and others

- often fatigue states

- worthlessness feelings

- slowed reasoning or weak concentration

- suicide thoughs

Many doctors are prescribing Effexor "medication off label" for handling diabetic neuropathy and anxiety headaches.

The physician who prescribe Effexor or Effexor XR for large periods should re-evaluate from time to time the long-term usefulness of the medicine for the patient.

Effexor isn't approved by FDA for treating bipolar disorder depressions. Effexor may induce mania states, rapid eye and heart cycling or psychosis.

Effexor is also used to treat some forms of intolerance (ie. orthostatic), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and others related, because of its side effect of boosting blood pressure. Effexor might also have modulation effects on the autonomous part of the nervous system.

Effexor should not be taken by patients that are allergic to any of Effexor's inactive ingredients, which can be gelatine, hypromellose, ethylcellulose, cellulose, iron oxide and titanium dioxide. Effexor may cause a potentially deadly serotonin syndrome if it`s used with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). At least 14 days must pass between using Effexor and using MAO inhibitors. The same caution is available for those with any type of seizure disorders.

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