Venlafaxine XR is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of depression, social phobia, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. The extended release drug is a type of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that works on two chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine. Venlafaxine XR comes in a capsule or tablet form that is usually taken once daily. A few of the conditions that you should let your healthcare provider know about before you take this medicine include glaucoma, liver disease (including liver failure or cirrhosis), and high blood pressure.
What Is Venlafaxine XR?Venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Venlafaxine XR comes in an extended release capsule, meaning the medicine is released slowly into your body. There is also a tablet form of venlafaxine XR, but it is not equivalent to Effexor XR.
(Venlafaxine is another prescription medicine that is used to treat depression in adults. Click Venlafaxine if you have been prescribed venlafaxine and not venlafaxine XR.)
Brand-name venlafaxine XR capsules (Effexor XR) are manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Venlafaxine XR tablets are made by Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Venlafaxine XR UsesVenlafaxine XR capsules are licensed to treat a variety of conditions. These venlafaxine XR uses include the treatment of:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder).
Venlafaxine XR tablets are approved for the treatment of depression and social anxiety disorder.
There are also a number of "off-label" uses for venlafaxine XR.
(Click What Is Venlafaxine XR Used For? for more information on what venlafaxine XR is used for, including possible off-label uses.)