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|Efexor (venlafaxine) XL 75 mg 28 caps.||£84.36||Start consultation|
|Efexor (venlafaxine) XL 150 mg 28 caps.||£123.19||Start consultation|
What is Efexor?
Efexor is a type of antidepressant known as a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Serotonin and noradrenaline are neurotransmitters: they act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. It is thought that depression and anxiety are related to a deficiency in the amount of serotonin in the brain. Efexor contains the active ingredient venlafaxine. Venlafaxine works by preventing neurotransmitters from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain, which helps to prolong the mood lightening effect of any released serotonin and noradrenaline.
What is Efexor used for?
Efexor is used to treat depressive illnesses and anxiety disorders such as excessive worrying, social phobia, panic disorder (panic attacks) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also be used to treat nerve pain and reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. Efexor is a prescription-only medicine.
How to use Efexor
Efexor tablets or capsules should be swallowed whole, preferably with food. Efexor is not a fast-acting medicine: it may take several weeks to months to reach full effect. If your symptoms have not improved in 6 to 12 weeks, it could be that Efexor is not the right medicine for you. In this case, you should consult your doctor about alternative drug options. If the medicine does have the desired effect, the doctor will ask you to continue taking this antidepressant for an extended period of time. Do not stop taking Efexor suddenly. To prevent withdrawal symptoms, treatment with this medicine should be discontinued gradually, following the instructions given by your doctor.
Efexor is available in various strengths. The doctor will recommend the right dose for you depending on your symptoms. The typical recommended dose for depression and anxiety is:
- Adults: 75 mg once daily.
The doctor may gradually increase this dose. The appropriate dose for treating panic disorders and other dysfunctions should be decided by a doctor. Efexor should not be used in children under the age of 18.
Efexor may have side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, loss of appetite and constipation.
- Increased sweating;
- Dizziness, sleepiness;
- Sexual dysfunction.
Most side effects will disappear within a few days once the body adjusts to the medicine. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Efexor
Efexor is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to venlafaxine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
If you have diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia or other health problems, you should consult a doctor before using this medicine. Efexor is known to interact with many medicines (including nutritional supplements!). It is important to tell the doctor what medicines you are already taking to ensure the combination is safe. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.
Efexor should not be used if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
Efexor may cause side effects that impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Stay out of traffic if you feel dizzy, sleepy, anxious or generally unwell.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as this will make the side effects worse.