Studies have shown Effexor to be effective for depression treatment in adults. In these studies, people taking it had more improvement in their depression symptoms than people who did not take it. Also, long-term studies showed that the medication is also effective for preventing depression relapse.
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually two or three times a day.
- It is recommended that you take your dosage with food.
- It should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Effexor will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Effexor Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include:
- Headache (see Effexor and Migraine Headaches)
- Dry mouth (see Effexor and Dry Mouth)
- Insomnia (see Effexor and Insomnia)
- Loss of appetite
- Body weakness
(Click Effexor Side Effects to learn more about the side effects of this drug, including serious side effects to look out for. You can also read about possible side effects by going to:
- Effexor Sexual Side Effects
- Effexor and Impotence
- Effexor and Weight Gain
- Effexor and Weight Loss
- Effexor and Seizures
- Effexor and Hair Loss.)