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If you have depression, your healthcare provider may prescribe Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride), a medication that acts on certain chemicals within the brain. By balancing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, Effexor can help improve symptoms of depression and prevent relapses from occurring.
This medicine comes in tablet form and is available in five different strengths, ranging from 25 mg to 100 mg. It is taken by mouth, typically two to three times a day. At this time, it is recommended that only adults use Effexor. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this drug include dizziness, loss of appetite, insomnia, and sweating.
(For more details on this medicine's uses, effects, and dosing guidelines, click Effexor.)
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