Effexor xr side effects

Effexor xr side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Effexor xr (Venlafaxine), an antidepressant (mood elevator), is used to treat depression.

Special Warning about Effexor xr side effects

According to The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP),"Before you take venlafaxine, tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks any MAO inhibitors [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)]. You should not take venlafaxine if you are taking either of these medications."

Effexor xr side effects and interactions

It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits, to allow for changes in your dose and to help reduce any side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you develop any allergic reactions, such as skin rash or hives, while taking venlafaxine.

Venlafaxine may cause some people to be agitated, irritable or display other abnormal behaviors. It may also cause some people to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies or to become more depressed. If you or your caregiver notice any of these adverse effects, tell your doctor right away.

Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping completely. This is to decrease the chance of side effects.

It is not known how venlafaxine will interact with alcohol and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that may make you drowsy or less alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above while you are using this medicine.

Effexor xr side effects may cause some people to become drowsy or have blurred vision. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert or able to see clearly.

Observed Effexor xr side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Effexor xr side effects. Although not all of these Doxycycline side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Changes in vision, such as blurred vision; decrease in sexual desire or ability; headache, High blood pressure .

Less Commonly Observed

Chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat ; mood or mental changes; ringing or buzzing in ears.

Rarely Observed

Convulsions (seizures); itching or skin rash; lightheadedness or fainting, especially when getting up suddenly from a sitting or lying position; lockjaw; menstrual changes; problems in urinating or in holding urine; swelling ; talking, feeling, and acting with excitement and activity you cannot control; trouble in breathing.

Effexor xr side effects from overdose

Agitation; convulsions (seizures); drowsiness; extreme tiredness or weakness ; fast heartbeat; tingling, burning, or prickling sensations; trembling or shaking.

Other Effexor xr side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Abnormal dreams; anxiety or nervousness ; chills; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dryness of mouth; heartburn; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; stuffy or runny nose; stomach pain or gas; tingling, burning, or prickly sensations; trembling or shaking; trouble in sleeping; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting ; weight loss.

Less Commonly Observed

Change in sense of taste; muscle tension ; yawning.

After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice any unusual conditions.

Other Effexor xr side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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