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Drug Information

What is Venlafaxine used for?

Venlafaxine is used for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Venlafaxine may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Venlafaxine work?

Venlafaxine belongs to the class of drugs called anxiolytic and anti-depressant agents. This drug acts by inhibiting the reabsorption of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Thus, it helps in relieving anxiety and promoting the mental health of an individual.

How to take Venlafaxine?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Venlafaxine as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Venlafaxine, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Venlafaxine may include:

  • Convulsions
  • Profuse sweating
  • Persistent vomiting

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Venlafaxine?

Drugs that interact with Venlafaxine include the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Amiodarone
  • Amitriptyline
  • Benzocaine
  • Bupropion
  • Buspirone
  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Ergotamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Guaifenesin
  • Methadone
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Tramadol
  • Tryptophan

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Venlafaxine?

The following are the most common side effects of Venlafaxine:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Vomiting

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Blurry vision
  • Impotence
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Tremor

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Venlafaxine?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Venlafaxine or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Venlafaxine.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Venlafaxine causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid Venlafaxine during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Discontinuing the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.

You are advised not to take Venlafaxine if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Venlafaxine?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver or kidney disorders.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform the doctor if you have any history of allergic reaction with the usage of Venlafaxine.
  • Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Venlafaxine

  1. I am on Venlafaxine for anxiety disorder. Can I stop the drug if I feel better?
  2. Yes, you can stop taking Venlafaxine tablet/capsule once you feel better. Do not overuse the medicine as it may lead to drug dependence. Please consult your doctor for further information.

  3. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Venlafaxine?
  4. It is advised to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels at regular intervals while taking Venlafaxine tablet/capsule.

  5. Is it safe to alter the dose of Venlafaxine?
  6. Do not alter the dose of Venlafaxine tablet without consulting the doctor. A sudden change in the dose of the medicine may increase the risk of side effects.


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