About Venlafaxine XR 150 mg
Contents: Venlafaxine XR 150 mg
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Venlafaxine XR 150mg
Equivalent of Effexor XR 150mg
Venlafaxine XR 37.5mg
Equivalent of Effexor XR 37.5mg
|Drug Class: What is Effexor XR and why is it prescribed?
Generic Effexor XR, Venlafaxine is in a new class of anti-depressant medications
that affects chemical messengers within the brain.
Generic Effexor XR, is prescribed for the treatment of depression--that is, a continuing
depression that interferes with daily functioning. The symptoms usually include
changes in appetite, sleep habits, and mind/body coordination, decreased sex drive,
increased fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating,
slowed thinking, and suicidal thoughts.
Generic Effexor XR is also prescribed to relieve abnormal anxiety (generalized
anxiety disorder). This problem is marked by persistent anxiety for a period of
at least 6 months, accompanied by at least 3 of these 6 symptoms: restlessness,
fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.
Generic Effexor must be taken 2 or 3 times daily. The extended-release form, Generic Effexor
XR, permits once-a-day dosing.
|Generic Effexor XR Mechanism: How does Effexor XR work?
|Generic Effexor XR (Venlafaxine XR) treats depression by affecting chemical messengers
within the brain. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters, and
some examples are serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are
manufactured by nerve cells and are released by the cells. The neurotransmitterstravel to nearby nerve cells and cause the cells to become more or less active.
Many experts believe that an imbalance in these neurotransmitters is the cause
of depression and also may play a role in anxiety. Generic Effexor XR,Venlafaxine is believed to work by inhibiting the release or affecting the action of these
|Generic Effexor XR Dosage: How should you take Effexor XR?
| Take Generic Effexor XR with food, exactly as prescribed. It may take several weeks
before you begin to feel better. Your doctor should check your progress periodically.
Take Generic Effexor XR once at the same time each day. Swallow the capsule whole
with water. Do not divide, crush, or chew it.
Generic Effexor XR dosage: The usual starting Generic Effexor XR dose is 75 milligrams
a day, divided into 2 or 3 smaller doses, and taken with food. If needed, your
doctor may gradually increase your daily dose of Generic Effexor XR, in steps of
no more than 75 milligrams at a time up to a maximum of 375 milligrams per day.
If you have kidney or liver disease or are taking other medications, your doctor will adjust your Generic Effexor XR dosage accordingly.
For both depression and anxiety the usual starting Generic Effexor XR dose, is
75 milligrams once daily, although some people begin with a dose of Generic Effexor XR of 37.5 milligrams
for the first 4 to 7 days. Your doctor may gradually increase the dose of Generic Effexor XR, in steps
of no more than 75 milligrams, up to a maximum of 225 milligrams daily. As with
regular Generic Effexor, the doctor will make adjustments in your Generic Effexor dosage if you
have kidney or liver disease.
Generic Effexor XR Overdose: An overdose of Generic Effexor, combined with other
drugs or alcohol, can be fatal. If you suspect an Generic Effexor XR overdose, seek medical attention
Symptoms of Generic Effexor overdose Include, sleepiness, vertigo, rapid or slow
heartbeat, low blood pressure, seizures, coma.
If you miss a dose of Generic Effexor XR: It is not necessary to make it up. Skip
the missed dose of Generic Effexor XR and continue with your next scheduled dose of Generic Effexor XR. Do not take 2 doses of Generic Effexor XR at once.
Storage instructions for Generic Effexor XR: Store in a tightly closed container
at room temperature. Protect from excessive heat and moisture.
Preparations of Generic Effexor XR: Generic Effexor available in tablets of 25 mg, 37.5 mg,
50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg.
Generic Effexor XR available in capsules of 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Effexor XR
| Combining Generic Effexor XR with MAO inhibitors could cause a fatal reaction.
(See \"Most important fact about this drug.\")
Although Generic Effexor XR does not interact with alcohol, the manufacturer recommends
avoiding alcohol while taking Generic Effexor XR.
If you have high blood pressure or liver disease, or are elderly, check with your
doctor before combining Generic Effexor with cimetidine (Tagamet).
Generic Effexor does not interact with Lithium or Valium. However, you should consult
your doctor before combining Generic Effexor with other drugs that affect the central
nervous system, including narcotic painkillers, sleep aids, tranquilizers, antipsychotic
medicines such as Haldol, and other antidepressants such as Tofranil.
Generic Effexor has been found to reduce blood levels of the HIV drug Crixivan.
It is best to check with your doctor before combining Generic Effexor with
any other drug or herbal product.
|Special information on Effexor XR
| Special information on Generic Effexor XR, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
the effects of Generic Effexor XR during pregnancy have not been adequately studied.
If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.
Generic Effexor XR should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
If Generic Effexor XR is taken shortly before delivery, the baby may
suffer withdrawal symptoms. It is also known that Generic Effexor appears
in breast milk and could cause serious side effects in a nursing infant. You will need to choose between nursing your baby or continuing your treatment with
|Effexor XR side effects
|Side effects of Generic Effexor XR cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change
in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Effexor.
More common side effects of Generic Effexor XR: May include, abnormal dreams, abnormal
ejaculation or orgasm, anxiety, appetite loss, blurred vision, chills, constipation,
diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, frequent urination, flushing, gas, headache, impotence,
infection, insomnia, muscle tension, nausea, nervousness, rash, sleepiness, sweating,
tingling feeling, tremor, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, yawning.
Less common side effects of Generic Effexor XR: May include abnormal taste, abnormal
thinking, agitation, chest pain, confusion, decreased sex drive, depression, dilated
pupils, dizziness upon standing up, high blood pressure, itching, loss of identity,
rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears, trauma, twitching, urinary problems, weight
A wide variety of very rare symptoms possibly related to Generic Effexor have also
been reported. If you develop any new or unusual problems, let your doctor know
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