Effexor XR is a drug that creates a balance in the serotonin and norepinephrine of the brain. These two neurotransmitters are found to affect depression. Because of Effexor XR’s formulation, it is used to treat the depression symptoms.
Effexor XR is in the form of a capsule and should then be taken once daily by mouth. It should be taken with food or fluid but must be whole. Crushing of dividing the capsule may reduce its effects as an antidepressant.
Before taking Effexor XR, you should inform your doctor about any other prescription drug you are currently taking. Mention even herbal supplements. Some drugs and supplements may interact with Effexor XR. You should also inform your doctor if your conditions have worsened since taking the drug. Open up about any thoughts of suicide. You may experience some troublesome symptoms if you are just beginning therapy or if you have changed your dosage in any way. Effexor XR must not be taken with alcohol and must not be used when about to perform a potentially dangerous activity. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not take the drug unless given the go-signal by your doctor.
You should never double your dosage. Only take a missed dose if there is still enough time between this dose and the next scheduled dose.
Immediate medical care will be required if you are experiencing any of the following: allergic reaction (swelling, breathing difficulties and tightening of the throat), blurry vision, headache, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and seizures. Less serious side effects that you may experience include loss of appetite, drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, abdominal pain, nausea, mild tremor, sexual problems and difficult in sleeping.
Store the drug at room temperature, away from direct heat and moisture. Keep away from children.
You may have overdosed if you are experiencing extreme bouts of dizziness, drowsiness and nausea. You may also feel numbness, irregular heartbeat, seizure or finally unconsciousness. So, someone else other than you should also be aware of these signs.
Use caution or altogether stop any activities that can put you in danger if you are not alert. Effexor Xr can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Only stop taking the drug if you have your doctor’s approval. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause some side effects.