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Effexor (Venlafaxine)

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, 
  • Insomnia,
  • Constipation, 
  • High blood pressure,
  • Sweating.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Effexor (Venlafaxine)

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 intend 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.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.