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Some precautions and warnings to be aware of with venlafaxine XR involve serotonin syndrome, a dangerous group of symptoms that can occur when the medication is taken with certain other drugs. A few other precautions and warnings with venlafaxine XR to be aware of concern the medication's potential effect on one's ability to drive a car, the safety of taking venlafaxine XR while pregnant, and people who should not take this drug at all (like those who have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor within the past two weeks).

Venlafaxine XR: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Before taking venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR®), let your healthcare provider know if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol regularly.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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