Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed to treat depression. By balancing certain chemicals in the brain, it can help improve symptoms of depression and prevent relapses from occurring. Effexor belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
This medicine comes in tablet form and is available in five different strengths, ranging from 25 mg to 100 mg. It is taken by mouth, typically two to three times a day. While most people tolerate Effexor well, there are possible side effects. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this drug include headaches, nausea, and insomnia.
At this time, it is recommended that only adults use Effexor. Antidepressant medications are often used in combination with psychotherapy.
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