Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a prescription drug commonly used for treating depression and preventing depression relapses in adults.
Although most people respond well to this antidepressant, there are certain potential Effexor risks to be aware of before starting treatment. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this drug if you have high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, or glaucoma (as Effexor may worsen these conditions). It is also important to know that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.
A number of side effects have also been reported with Effexor, including diarrhea, headache, dry mouth, and drowsiness. While most side effects are minor and do not require medical attention, you should notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, or problems sleeping.
(Click Effexor Side Effects and Effexor Warnings and Precautions for more information about possible risks with Effexor and to find out what other conditions you should tell your healthcare provider about before starting this medication.)