If you have depression, your healthcare provider may prescribe Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) to help improve your symptoms and to prevent depression relapses. The medication is only available in one form (Effexor oral tablets) but comes in five different strengths, ranging from 25 mg to 100 mg. It is typically taken two or three times a day, with food.
Effexor is a type of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that works by balancing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. When the levels of these brain chemicals are unbalanced, depression may occur.
Most people tend to respond well to this antidepressant. However, you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Effexor if you are pregnant or have bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, or a recent history of a heart attack (or if you have unstable heart disease).
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