Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a medication commonly used for the treatment of depression in adults. It belongs to a class of antidepressants known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which work by balancing certain chemicals in the brain.
The medicine comes in tablet form and is available by prescription only. Effexor tablets are available in five different strengths and are taken by mouth, typically two or three times a day.
Although most people respond well to Effexor, side effects are possible. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this antidepressant included loss of appetite, dry mouth, body weakness, and drowsiness.
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