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|Product||Price (incl doctor’s consult)|
|Venlafaxine oral suspension 37.5 mg/5 ml 100 ml||£379.90||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine oral solution 37.5 mg/5 ml 150 ml||£306.06||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine oral suspension 75 mg/5 ml 100 ml||£396.36||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine oral solution 75 mg/5 ml 150 ml||£313.17||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 37.5 mg 28 caps.||£60.50||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 37.5 mg 30 tabl.||£60.94||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine 37.5 mg 56 tabl.||£62.01||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 75 mg 28 caps.||£70.73||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 75 mg 30 tabl.||£72.96||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine 75 mg 56 tabl.||£65.39||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 150 mg 28 caps.||£60.50||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 150 mg 30 tabl.||£94.31||Start consultation|
|Venlafaxine M/R 225 mg 30 tabl.||£136.12||Start consultation|
What is Venlafaxine?
Venlafaxine is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It increases the amount of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that sends messages between brain nerve cells. A shortage of serotonin is known to be associated with psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. Venlafaxine increases the amount of serotonin in the brain and, in addition, prevents the reabsorption of dopamine and norepinephrine, two critical neurotransmitters. This helps reduce or eliminate the symptoms of depression.
What is Venlafaxine used for?
Venlafaxine is used to treat depressions and anxiety disorders, including phobias, generalised anxiety disorder (excessive worrying), panic disorder (panic attacks) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is sometimes also used to treat nerve pain and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Venlafaxine is a prescription-only medicine.
How to use Venlafaxine
Venlafaxine tablets should preferably be taken with food. They should be swallowed whole. You should be aware that this medicine may not start to make you feel better for several weeks. If you do not feel better after six weeks of taking Venlafaxine, contact a doctor to discuss alternative drug options. If it does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time.
Venlafaxine is available in tablets of 37.5 mg and 75 mg. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. In adults, the recommended starting dose for depression and anxiety is:
- 75 mg, once a day.
The doctor may gradually increase the starting dose until the most effective dose is reached. The appropriate dose for treating panic disorder and other dysfunctions should be decided by a doctor. Venlafaxine is not suitable for children under the age of 18. For more information on dosage, see the package leaflet.
Like all medicines, Venlafaxine may have side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhoea, nausea, change in appetite, constipation);
- Increased sweating;
- Dizziness, sleepiness;
- Sexual dysfunction.
Most side effects are usually only temporary and will disappear once the body adjusts to the medicine. Consult a doctor if the side effects persist. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Venlafaxine
Venlafaxine is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient venlafaxine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
Consult a doctor on the use of Venlafaxine if you have a medical condition such as epilepsy or cardiac arrhythmia. Venlafaxine is known to interact with some medicines and nutritional supplements. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what medicines you are already taking to ensure the combination is safe.
Do not use Venlafaxine if you are pregnant, planning for a baby or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
Venlafaxine may affect your ability to react, especially in the initial phase of treatment. If you feel dizzy, sleepy, drowsy, anxious or your alertness is affected in any other way, you should avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as driving.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Venlafaxine as this is likely to worsen the side effects.