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Effexor: Important Information You Just Have to Know



Effexor Important Information: An Overview


Front Image - VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDEEffexor should always be prescribed by your physician with caution if you have a history of high blood pressure, liver, heart or kidney disease or if you have a history of seizures or mania (extreme excitability or agitation).  Also, you should always discuss all of your relevant medical conditions with your physician before taking this antidepressant medication.


Effexor: Special Precautions


Effexor has been known to cause an increase in blood pressure.  If this should happen to you, you should contact your physician immediately to possibly reduce the dosage or consider the possibility of discontinuing this antidepressant medication all together. This drug may also increase your heart rate (especially if taken at higher doses).  You should always use Effexor with caution if youíve recently had a heart attack, if you have suffered from heart failure, or have a history of having an overactive thyroid gland.  Antidepressants such as Effexor have been known to cause fluid retention, which may especially be a concern if youíre an elderly adult.  This medication may also cause you to feel drowsy, less alert, and has been known to effect judgment among some individuals.  Therefore, you should always be cautious when operating dangerous machinery, avoid driving or participating in other possibly hazardous activities that may require your full  level of alertness until you know exactly how this medication effects you.


Your physician should probably examine you regularly, especially if you have glaucoma, or if you may possibly be at a relatively high risk of developing it.  If you have a history of having been addicted to any drug, you should inform your doctor prior to starting this medication.  If you develop hives or a skin rash while taking this drug, contact your physician as soon as it is possible.  Also, Effexor has been known to cause bleeding or bruising of the skin.


Discontinuing Effexor Abruptly:


You should never discontinue this antidepressant medication without first consulting with your doctor.  If you stop it abruptly, you may possibly have serious withdrawal symptoms, even though this medication does not seem to be physiologically addictive. You should probably be tapered off of this medication gradually rather than just suddenly stopping it.


The effectiveness and safety of this medication has never been established in children under the age of 18.


Should Effexor be taken if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?


Effexor has never been adequately studied for use during pregnancy. If you are now pregnant, or plan to become pregnant in the near future, you should contact your doctor before taking this antidepressant medication.  Effexor should only be used during pregnancy if your doctor determines that it is absolutely necessary to your health to continue it.


If this antidepressant is taken before the delivery of your child, it may experience symptoms of withdrawal.  Effexor has been found to appear in breast milk and can cause possibly serious side effects when nursing an infant.  You may have to choose between continuing your treatment with Effexor or nursing your baby.


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