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A few common side effects of venlafaxine include nervousness, loss of appetite, and body weakness. Some rare venlafaxine side effects include chest pain, sleep apnea, and enlarged prostate. There are also a number of side effects with this medicine that you should report to your healthcare provider. Some of these more serious side effects include difficulty sleeping, hostility or aggressiveness, and signs of an allergic reaction.

Venlafaxine Side Effects: 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 Side Effects or Effexor XR Side Effects for specific information on the other medicines mentioned above.)

Venlafaxine Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with venlafaxine; but not everyone who takes venlafaxine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate venlafaxine well. When venlafaxine side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(The side effects discussed below are not a complete list of side effects reported with venlafaxine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of venlafaxine side effects with you.)
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