Getting psychiatric care for anxiety and depression has never been more convenient. Consult with a healthcare provider through our platform to determine whether a medication like venlafaxine could be right for you.
Venlafaxine is a prescription drug, notably the first of a newer type called SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) that offer an alternative to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). The Food and Drug Administration first approved the drug in 1993 to treat depression in adults and later in 1997 as an extended release (XR) version. It is marketed under the brand name Effexor®.
Venlafaxine (generic for Effexor XR®) is approved by the FDA to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety order (SAD), and panic disorder (PD). Not all mental health conditions can be treated by a provider through our platform. Those who are not candidates for treatment through our platform should consider seeking care from a medical provider in person to evaluate potential options for treatment.
Venlafaxine affects the balance of two chemicals within the brain. Like other SNRIs, venlafaxine specifically inhibits the nervous system from reabsorbing both serotonin and norepinephrine. Relative to other SNRIs, venlafaxine targets serotonin more than norepinephrine.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, such as linezolid, methylene blue, etc), increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a mild to life-threatening build up of serotonin in the system. Similarly, venlafaxine can interact with other agents that affect serotonin in the brain, such as tricyclic antidepressants, certain pain medications, supplements that contain St. John's Wort or tryptophan. Be prepared to share all prescription and over the counter medications, as well as any other products you take, with your provider.
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Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) zero in on mood-affecting chemicals in the brain and help to regulate their levels to improve your symptoms. Nice, right?
Your brain naturally makes chemicals that make you feel good, like serotonin and norepinephrine. Venlafaxine keeps neurons from reabsorbing these chemicals so that you have more of them available in your brain, and focuses more on serotonin than other SNRIs. Long story short? This can help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Venlafaxine (generic for Effexor®)
The most common side effects of venlafaxine include unusual dreams, sexual problems, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or dry mouth, feeling tired, fatigued or overly sleepy, change in sleep habits, problems sleeping, yawning, tremor or shaking, dizziness, blurred vision, sweating, feeling anxious, nervous or jittery, headache, increase in heart rate. Venlafaxine can increase blood pressure and this should be monitored. Discuss any side effects you experience with your provider.
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