Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a type of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that is available by prescription. If you have depression, your healthcare provider may prescribe Effexor (medication and psychotherapy are the most common forms of treatment for depression).
This antidepressant works by balancing serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain. This action helps to improve symptoms of depression and can help prevent depression relapses. Effexor is currently approved for use in adults only.
Most people tolerate Effexor well, but as with any medicine, side effects are possible. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this drug included dry mouth, sweating, nausea, and loss of appetite. When Effexor side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily.
(Click Effexor for more information on how Effexor medication works for depression, to find out when and how to take the drug, and for some general warnings and precautions for the medicine.)