Venlafaxine

 

General English name: Venlafaxine

Brand: Alventa® XL, Depefex® XL, Efexor® XL, Politid® XL, Rodomel® XL, Sunveniz® XL, Tonpular® XL, Venaxx® XL, Vencarm® XL, Venlablue® XL, Venladex® XL, Venlalic® XL , Venlasov® XL, Vensir® XL, ViePax® XL

Application: Adults with depression or generalized anxiety disorder

 

 

 

 

 

Venlafaxine Medication Information

Contraindications to venlafaxine

Drug interaction of venlafaxine

Tips to consider before taking venlafaxine

Possible side effects of venlafaxine

Very common side effects

Common complications

How to store venlafaxine

 

 

 

 

 

Venlafaxine Medication Information

Drug Information: Venlafaxine belongs to a group of drugs called serotonin reuptake inhibitors and antidepressant noradrenaline (SNRI). It is prescribed to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Depression may start for unknown reasons or for a variety of reasons, including social issues, the loss of a loved one, and illness. People with depression usually have consistently low energy and motivation in their daily lives. Although the exact causes of depression are not known, disturbing the balance of brain chemicals is an important factor. Venlafaxine reduces the symptoms of depression in some people by regulating the levels of chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and noradrenaline.

Although venlafaxine is often used to treat depression, it can also reduce the symptoms of GAD. Anxiety is a serious problem in this disease. Venlafaxine helps reduce anxiety even in the absence of depression.

 

Contraindications to venlafaxine

  • Note the expiration date of the venlafaxine drug and do not take it if it has expired.
  • Never give venlafaxine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
  • Do not take Venlafaxine more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
  • Check for drug interactions with venlafaxine and be sure to tell your doctor what other medication you are taking.

 

Drug interaction of venlafaxine

It may alter the function of the medication and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter medicines and herbal products) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Some medications that may interact with venlafaxine include medications that can cause bleeding or bruising (including antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, diluents, and blood thinners). warfarin) and dabigatran.

If you take serotonin-boosting drugs in combination with venlafaxine, your risk of serotonin toxicity increases. Tell your doctor if you are using these referees. These include: street medications such as MDMA / "ecstasy", St. John's wort, specific antidepressants (including SSRIs such as fluoxetine / paroxetine, SNRIs such as duloxetine). Keep in mind that the risk of serotonin toxicity syndrome increases when you increase the dose of these drugs or start using these drugs.

Venlafaxine can cause serious drug interactions with MAO inhibitors, which can even lead to death. Do not use phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine. Most MAO inhibitors should not be used until 2 weeks before the start of venlafaxine and up to 1 week after treatment with this drug.

Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergies or cough and cold medicines) because some of them contain substances that cause drowsiness or increase the risk of bleeding. Ask your doctor about using them so you can use them safely.

Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding if taken with venlafaxine. However, if your doctor prescribes low-dose aspirin (usually 325-81 mg per day) to prevent a stroke or heart attack, you should continue to take it unless your doctor tells you to stop. Give aspirin. Consult your pharmacist for more details.

If you are taking medicines that cause drowsiness, tell your doctor or pharmacist, including: alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), sleeping pills or anxiety medications (such as alprazolam), alp Diazepam, zolpidem, muscle relaxants, and analgesics and painkillers (such as codeine).

Venlafaxine is very similar to desvenlafaxine. Do not take medicines containing venlafaxine when using venlafaxine.

Venlafaxine may interfere with certain medical tests (measurement of urinary amphetamine) and cause erroneous results. Inform laboratory personnel that you have used venlafaxine before the test.

 

Tips to consider before taking venlafaxine

Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to know the following before taking venlafaxine:

  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding your baby.
  • If you have any liver or kidney problems.
  • If you or a family member has abnormal hyperactivity.
  • If you have a heart problem.
  • If you have glaucoma (increased eye pressure).
  • If you have epilepsy or diabetes mellitus.
  • If you have ever had unusual bleeding.
  • If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor's prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
  • If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.

 

Possible side effects of venlafaxine

All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away after a short time of taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed:

 

Very common side effects

Headache: Ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable painkiller.

Dry mouth: Chew gum without sugar.

Feeling bored: Eat simple foods and avoid high-fat and spicy foods.

Increased sweating: Try to keep your body cool during exercise or hot weather.

 

Common complications

Fatigue, drowsiness and lethargy: Avoid driving and working with tools in these situations.

Constipation: Eat a balanced diet that is high in fiber and fluids.

Other side effects

Weight loss, sleep problems, body murmurs, nervousness and confusion, vision problems, loss of appetite, chills, yawning, sexual dysfunction, high cholesterol, menstrual irregularities: Tell your doctor if any of these are bothering you.

Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to venlafaxine.

 

How to store venlafaxine

Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.

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