Venlafaxine Tablets (Generic Effexor)
Venlafaxine (the generic Effxor) is one of the most popular drugs used to treat depression. While taking this medicine, you will experience some other benefits including improved mood, increased energy level, and a positive mind. This drug will help to restore the balance of some natural substances such as norepinephrine and serotonin in your brain.
How to use and dosage
Venlafaxine is available in tablets with different milligrams. You will find 25 to 100 milligrams in tablets. These are available from 37.5 milligrams to 225 milligrams. Your doctor will prescribe you the right dosage depending on the severity of your condition. When you take the generic form, the extended-release capsules, then you need to take one dose in a day preferably at your breakfast or dinner. You will have to follow the same time daily. Moreover, you should not swallow, crush, chew, and divide the capsules. Instead, you need to sprinkle it on a soft liquid food and then swallow the food immediately followed by a glass of water.
Doctors might start with 37.5 mg to 75 mg per day depending on condition. They will gradually increase the dose if required. The maximum dose is 225mg in a day. The result will not be immediate. It will take around two months to work. Besides, you should never stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor. The withdrawal symptoms might be severe. You might experience vomiting, headache, anxiety, fatigue, tremors, and irritability if you suddenly stop taking this medicine.
You might experience both the mild and severe side effects. Some mild side effects are insomnia, unusual dreams, sexual dysfunction, weakness, blurred vision, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, increased sweating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, runny nose, chills, dry mouth, stomach pain, weight loss, and tingling sensations. There will be some severe side effects as well. When you experience any severe side effect, you should visit your doctor immediately. Severe side effects include hallucinations, increased cholesterol levels, enlarged pupils, rapid heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, seizures, excessive sweating or fever, abnormal bleeding, difficulty breathing, chest discomfort, and severe allergic reactions. In addition, Venlafaxine is not recommended for younger children below eighteen years of age.
Before taking venlafaxine, you should tell your doctor about any allergy if you have. This medicine can cause allergic reactions to some other drugs. Your doctors should know your medical history or any other specific problem such as bleeding, high blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol, kidney diseases, seizure disorder, thyroid disease, and history of glaucoma. If you are taking marijuana or alcohol, you should discuss with your doctor before taking this medication. Your dentist should also know about all the drugs before prescribing any medicine. Older adults and children might be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug.
During pregnancy, you should never take this drug without a doctor’s recommendation. It might harm your baby. Moreover, you should avoid venlafaxine during breastfeeding.
You should not combine alcohol and venlafaxine. Both of these can make you sleepy and drowsy. They can induce sleepiness or can also hinder your ability to react quickly. Your doctor should know about all the medications you are taking to find out the possible interaction. Venlafaxine will interact with some popular drugs including monoamine oxidase inhibitors, antidepressants, tripans, Linezolid, Cimetidine, Ketoconazole, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Warfarin, Aspirin, Lithium, Tramadol, St. John's wort, and Tryptophan. These are a few medications that can interact with venlafaxine. You will find much more. Therefore, it is important to share your medicine details with your doctor to avoid any confusion and health complications.
You should not give venlafaxine to the younger children and senior adults. Moreover, you should not take this medication without consulting your doctor. If you take more than the recommended dose, you should immediately call to the emergency room or poison control at1-800-222-1222 to get treatment. A few symptoms of overdose are vomiting, blurry vision, extreme fatigue, convulsions, and rapid heart rate.
If you miss any dose, you should take it as soon as you remember unless it is close to the next dose time. If it is close to the next dose time, then skip the dose and take the next dose on time. You should always avoid taking doses together.