Precautions and Warnings for Venlafaxine

Who Should Not Take Venlafaxine?

You should not take venlafaxine if you:
  • Are allergic to venlafaxine, Effexor, or any inactive components used to make venlafaxine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make venlafaxine.
  • Are taking linezolid (Zyvox®) or intravenous methylene blue. Venlafaxine should not be started in people taking linezolid or IV methylene blue, but a person already taking venlafaxine may be given linezolid or methylene blue, if absolutely necessary, and only with very careful monitoring and only if venlafaxine is stopped during treatment. 
  • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. Also, you should not take an MAOI if you have taken venlafaxine within the past seven days. Some examples of MAOIs include:


Precautions and Warnings for Venlafaxine: Summary

There are a number of situations in which venlafaxine should not be taken, as well as a number of warnings and precautions people should be aware of before starting venlafaxine. However, it is possible that not all the precautions and warnings for venlafaxine were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the venlafaxine precautions and/or warnings that may apply to you.
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