What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking venlafaxine if you have:
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings for Venlafaxine for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Alternatives to Venlafaxine

Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk" therapy). In cases of severe depression, some healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, venlafaxine is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, bothersome side effects can occur or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
(Click Effexor Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to venlafaxine. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
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