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What is Effexor used for?

Effexor is used to treat depression, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). It may improve your mood and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may also decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks.

Effexor immediate-release or extended-release tablets can be used to treat depression. It’s also used to treat social anxiety disorder, only with the extended-release tablet.


How does Effexor work?

Effexor is available as an immediate-release tablet and extended-release tablet for oral administration. It contains the active ingredient Venlafaxine, which is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). When taken as directed, the Venlafaxine dosage in the medication will work by preventing serotonin and noradrenaline from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. This helps prolong the mood lightening effect of any released serotonin and noradrenaline.

Before taking Effexor or the Venlafaxine generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Effexor dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Venlafaxine dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results.

The Effexor dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Effexor may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications to treat your condition. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.


Effexor or the Venlafaxine generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Be sure to discuss other medical conditions, known allergies, and list any over-the-counter or prescription medications, and herbal products you are currently taking.

Side Effects

Some common Effexor side effects include:

Nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation, stomach pain or gas, weight loss, decrease in sexual desire or ability, loss of appetite, blurred vision, nervousness, trouble sleeping, weakness, unusual sweating, or yawning

If any side effects of Venlafaxine become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.


Q: What is the best dosage to take?

A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best Effexor dosage for your treatment.


Q: What happens if I miss a dose?

A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose


Q: What is the best way to store this medication?

A: This medication should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.


Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.

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