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Alternatives to Venlafaxine XR

Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk" therapy). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, venlafaxine XR is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment with venlafaxine XR or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to venlafaxine XR. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
(Click Effexor XR Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to venlafaxine XR. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)

Overdose With Venlafaxine XR

People who take too much venlafaxine XR may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Altered levels of consciousness, including coma
  • Seizures.
If you happen to overdose on venlafaxine XR, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Effexor Overdose for more information.)
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