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A few of the drugs that can potentially interact with venlafaxine include alcohol, cimetidine, ketoconazole, and haloperidol. Drug interactions with venlafaxine can cause unwanted side effects or alter the levels of some drugs in your blood, among other things. You should be sure to talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about any venlafaxine drug interactions that may apply to you.

Drug Interactions With Venlafaxine: An Introduction

Venlafaxine hydrochloride is a prescription medication used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety disorders. It is sold under the brand name Effexor®. It is also available as a generic, sold as Venlafaxine tablets. Finally, there is an extended release form of venlafaxine available as Effexor XR®. There is no generic Effexor XR available.
This article will discuss venlafaxine.
(Click Effexor Drug Interactions or Effexor XR Drug Interactions for specific information on the other medicines mentioned above.)
Venlafaxine can potentially interact with a number of other medicines. Some of the medicines that can lead to venlafaxine interactions include:
  • Alcohol
  • Medications that "thin" the blood (such as anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs), such as:
        • Alteplase (Activase®)
        • Reteplase (Retavase®)
        • Streptokinase (Streptase®)
        • Tenecteplase (TNKase®)


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