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Effexor is a brand name for Venlafaxine tablets, which is a medicine that falls under the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class of antidepressants. Since gaining medical approval in 1993, it has grown to become one of America’s top 40 medications with over 17 million prescriptions per year. Its chemical formula is C17H27NO2.
The branded version of the rug is the most popular solution over other brands and generic venlafaxine products. The majority of users take antidepressants on a regular basis. When the time to stop taking them arrives, the process for coming off Effexor tablets requires reducing the dosages until you can safely remove them from your schedule.
Effexor can be used by both men and women. In most cases, though, it should not be used by children unless a specialist doctor has reason to prescribe it. Effexor is easily the most popular brand of venlafaxine medicines in the US.
What Is Effexor Prescribed For?
The use of Effexor is heavily focused on treating depression. It does this by reducing negative thoughts while simultaneously boosting your mood and energy levels. Effexor has roughly the same success rate as Bupropion but has fewer remissions. It is often stated that the extended-release tablets are a better solution than tablets that release the full medicine instantly.
Effexor may also be prescribed to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Its aim is to reduce the severity of symptoms like fear and unwanted thoughts. The tablets are taken daily while dosages and frequencies will be adjusted to reflect the needs of the individual user.
How Does Effexor Work?
As an SNRI, Effexor works by restoring the chemical balances within the brain. More specifically, it increases the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which are two chemicals attributed to positive moods. However, too much production can cause toxicity, which is why patients must consult a doctor to gain an accurate diagnosis and prescription.
While low dosages, Effexor prevents serotonin reuptake while a higher dosage will inhibit norepinephrine reuptake too. It can be used when you feel bouts of depression surfacing but is primarily used to regulate the chemical balance for ongoing stability. Most people experience some benefits in just 1-2 weeks. However, it often requires up to 6 weeks for the full benefits to show.
What Are The Side Effects of Effexor?
Like any antidepressant, Effexor is sold with a warning about potential suicide risks. Symptoms linked to this drug rather than antidepressants as a whole can include;
- Blurred vision,
- High blood pressure,
Furthermore, you should be aware of potentially dangerous side effects, even if they are rare. Bleeding, shaking, and lasting problems linked to sexual performance should be reported to a doctor ASAP.
For more detailed information about Effexor, you can refer to the following sources:
- Effexor prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Effexor, Drugs.com.
- Venlafaxine, MedlinePlus.
- Venlafaxine, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- Why Effexor XR, Viatris
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get an Effexor prescription online?
It is now possible to gain an Effexor prescription online by consulting an online clinican via DrHouse. A full consultation can lead to an accurate diagnosis and the right prescription, as well as instructions of when to take the tablets. The verified prescription can then be picked up from any suitable pharmacy.
How to take Effexor?
Effexor tablets should be taken as instructed by your doctor, which usually means 2-3 times daily and at the same times each day. The tablets should be swallowed whole and can be taken with a glass of water. You should keep taking it even if you do not notice a benefit but should consult your doctor if you experience side effects.
What to avoid while taking Effexor?
When taking Effexor, you must avoid the threat of missing tablets or taking them too close together. If you intended to come off of the tablets, it should be a gradual process as giving them up at once could lead to withdrawal symptoms. Effexor tablets may be taken with or without food but should be swallowed whole.
Can you get Effexor over-the-counter (OTC)?
While some antidepressant herbs can be gained over the counter, antidepressant drugs like Effexor should be tailored to personal circumstances and are not available over the counter. In fact, over the counter pharmacies usually don’t stock it. This extends to all versions of branded and unbranded Venlafaxine.
Do you need a prescription for Effexor?
Yes. Effexor is a prescription-only drug that needs to be matched to your symptoms. While you can get refills from a pharmacy without a repeat prescription, it is important to review the dosage at several stages. You may need to increase the dosage at the start but many people reduce the tablet strength over time.
How do I get an online prescription for Effexor?
To get an online prescription for Effexor you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.
What other medications are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and depression?
Other than Venlafaxine (Effexor) which is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and depression, some other medications that can be used to treat these conditions include:
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Atarax)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Doxepin (Silenor)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Buspirone (Buspar)
- Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)
- Levomilnacipran (Fetzima)
The listed medications are not exhaustive, and there may be other drugs prescribed based on the individual’s medical history and symptoms. It is important to always consult a doctor or health care professional before taking any medication.