Effexor XR
DESCRIPTION

Effexor XR is a medication used to treat a variety of mental disorders including anxiety. It is also used to treat hot flashes that occur during menopause.

How it works

This particular drug is a well-known SNRI. In other words, this medication absorbs the extra serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. This way, the drug is able to bring a balance to the neurotransmitter level in the brain.

Uses

Effexor XR is useful in treating a number of mental disorders including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety disorder. Consuming this medication can improve your mood and energy level to a significant degree. This will enable you to take part in your daily activities normally.

Dosage

This drug is only consumed once, on a daily basis. It should be taken by mouth either in the morning or evening. Do not crush, chew or bite this drug since it must be swallowed whole. If you damage the drug in your mouth by biting it, the whole drug will be released in your mouth. This can make you more vulnerable to the side effects of the medication.

The dosage will only be determined by your physician. He or she might start with a low dosage and increase it as the treatment progresses. This way, you will be able to reduce the risk of side effects. This medication must be taken regularly in order to experience best results. Do not miss your dose accidently or otherwise.

Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your physician. Doing so can result in withdrawal symptoms. You need to gradually decrease the dosage before stopping the treatment.

Side effects

Keep an eye out for the following symptoms during the entire treatment period.

Nausea
Dry mouth
Drowsiness
Unusual sweating
Trouble sleeping
Nervousness
Blurred vision
Loss of appetite
Constipation

Apart from these, there is also a chance for you to go through more severe symptoms such as:

Easy bleeding
Decreased interest in sex
Muscle weakness
Tremors

If you experience any of the above, make sure to get medical help as soon as possible.

Precautions

In order to ensure your own safety, it is important to following the safety instructions given below.

Make sure to inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the drug.
Avoid alcoholic beverages since they can worsen the drowsiness.
Be careful when giving this drug to senior citizens since they are more vulnerable to the side effects of the medication.
Be careful when giving Effexor XR to children as they are more likely to experience the side effects of the drug.
Make sure to monitor weight changes if your child is taking this medication.

Self-care

Since this drug has the capacity to harm an unborn child, it is important to take the drug only when it is absolutely essential. Consult a physician and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of consuming this medication during this period.

This medication can passed on from mother to child through breast milk. Therefore, it is not safe to nurse your child while consuming Effexor XR. So, you need to temporarily stop breastfeeding during the course of the treatment.

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