Effexor is a medication used in adults for the treatment of depression, general or social anxiety, and panic disorder with or without agoraphobia.
This medication is provided in a capsule form.
Effexor XR contains one active ingredient, venalfaxine hydrochloride. The medication also contains several inactive ingredients; cellulose, ethylcellulose, gelatin, hypromellose, iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.
Effexor XR is available in three dosage options; 37.5 mg, 75 mg and 150 mg.
It is recommended that Effexor be started at the lowest dose available and adjusted accordingly to obtain maximum effectiveness and minimize side effects. However, because the medication is used to treat several different disorders, dosage and frequency may vary.
AnxiClear, a natural ingredient product, comes in two formulas; one for daytime and one for night time. AnxiClear recommends taking two day capsules and one of the night capsules.
Side effects are possible with this medication. In clinical studies the following side effects were found to be the most common:
- Feeling tired, fatigued, or overly sleepy
- Change in sleep habits, problems sleeping
- Unusual dreams
- Tremor or shaking
- Feeling anxious, nervous, or jittery
- Increase in heart rate
- Sexual problems
- Loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or dry mouth
- Dizziness, blurred vision
There may be other side effects associated with this medication not listed here.
Will This Product Produce Long-Term Results?
Effexor XR can begin to relieve symptoms in as little as two weeks. However it might be several weeks before the full benefits can be achieved.
Effexor XR is a brand name medication resulting in a higher price than the generic version of the medication. The generic version can be found for as little at $13.24 from Wal-Mart for a 30-capsule supply whereas the branded version costs as much as $63.49 from Rite-Aid pharmacies.
If you visit the Effexor XR website, http://www.effexorxr.com/ you may be able to pay as little as $4 per prescription with health insurance or up to $30 without insurance.
Like other prescription medications, there is no money back guarantee or return policy. However, both the manufacturer and Pfizer allow reporting of adverse side effects:
You may report an adverse event related to Pfizer products by calling 1-800-438-1985 (US only). If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. The FDA has established a reporting service known as MedWatch where health care professionals and consumers can report serious problems they suspect may be associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. Visit MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you suffer from any symptoms that the medication helps treat, you should speak to your doctor for a full consultation. While prices may vary, there are cheaper generic alternatives that are affordable.
Since Effexor XR is a prescription medication, it can be costly and come with unwanted side effects.