Venlafaxine ( Effexor )
Venlafaxine ( Effexor ) a bicyclic antidepressant that inhibits the reuptake of serotonin, norepinphrine, and dopamine. This drug is used in the treatment of depression but is also used to treat OCD ( obsessive-compulsive disorder ) or Fibromyalgia ( FMS ).
Tables:Dosages: Actual dosage must be determined by a physician.
Liver Function: Must lower dosage ( at less 50% ), as needed with careful monitoring.Test:
Before taking: Blood pressure.
Take With: With food.
Full Benefits In: In two weeks.
Missed Dose(s): If within one hour take, if over an hour skip and then continue on your normal schedule. Never Take a Double Dose.
If Stop Taking: Do not stop without consulting your physician and never abruptly.
Overdose symptoms include: Convulsions / seizure, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting.
The habit-forming potential is low.
Do not take this drug if you are pregnant, try some non-drug alternatives.
Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
Do not drink alcohol when taking this drug.
Do not give this drug to children under eighteen.If over sixty only use drug in small doses and with close monitoring of it's side effects.
Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug or any drug in this class in the past. If you have taken any MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days.
Do not use if you have any type of seizures. ( Epilepsy or convulsions )
Inform your Doctor if:
Venlafaxine ( Symptoms or Effects )
Common: Anxiety, constipation, delayed orgasm, depression, difficulty breathing, dizziness, dry mouth, itching, loss of appetite, loss of strength, nausea, nervousness, problem urinating, sedation,skin rash, sleepiness / sleeplessness, sweating, tingling hands / feet, tremors, vomiting, unusual dreams, weight loss, and / or weakness.
Rare: Abnormal speech, bleeding / irritated gums, chest pain, dry skin, ear pain, hair loss, excessive salivation, migraines, seizures, sensitivity to sun, soft stools, stomach irritation, suicide attempts, taste disorders, tongue discoloring, thyroid changes, and / or problems with vision.
See physician always: Abnormal speech, bleeding / irritated gums, chest pain, depression, difficulty breathing, dry skin, ear pain, hair loss, excessive salivation, loss of strength, migraines, problem urinating, seizures, sensitivity to sun, soft stools, stomach irritation, suicide attempts, taste disorders, tongue discoloring, thyroid changes, tremors, problems with vision, and /or vomiting
See physician if severe: Anxiety, constipation, delayed orgasm, dizziness, dry mouth, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sedation, sleepiness / sleeplessness, sweating, tingling hands / feet, unusual dreams, weight loss, and / or weakness.
See physician NOW: Skin rash or vomiting.
Stop taking and see physician NOW: Seizures.
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