Precautions and Warnings With Venlafaxine XR
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:
- Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) or a family history of bipolar disorder
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- A recent history of a heart attack (or if you have unstable heart disease)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eyes)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- A bleeding disorder
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
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.