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Effexor Side Effects: What may I expect?




What are some of the Effexor side effects that may occur?


Front Image - VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDEYour Effexor side effects cannot really be anticipated, but, if any develop or change in intensity you should talk with your doctor immediately.  Only your physician can determine if you should continue taking this antidepressant in spite of your specific Effexor side effects.


Common Effexor side effects may include:


Abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation or orgasms, anxiety, appetite loss, blurred vision, chills, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, frequent urination, flushing, gas, headache, impotence, infection, insomnia, muscle tension, nausea, nervousness, rash, sleepiness, sweating, tingling feeling, tremor, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness and yawning


Some of the less common Effexor side effects may include:


Abnormal taste, abnormal thinking, agitation, chest pain, confusion, decreased sex drive, depression, dilated pupils, dizziness upon standing up, high blood pressure, itching, loss of identity, rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears, trauma, twitching, urinary problems, weight loss


Many rare Effexor side effects have been reported also.  Always let your doctor know immediately if any new or existing side effects change in intensity.


When should this antidepressant medication not be prescribed?


Some Effexor side effects are very serious and have been noted when taking this medication with other drugs of the family of antidepressants referred to as MAO inhibitors.  At times the reaction has actually been fatal.  You should also avoid this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or similar medications.


Summary of Effexor side effects:


Other side effects besides those noted above may also occur, so be very vigilant in monitoring any negative reactions to this medication when initiating or changing the dosing or treatment regimen recommended by your doctor. As always contact your doctor immediately when you have any concerns or notice any significant Effexor side effects.


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