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Generic: venlafaxine
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It is used to treat depression, anxiety and panic disorder.
               



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What is this medicine?

VENLAFAXINE (VEN la fax een) is used to treat depression, anxiety and panic disorder.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • anorexia or weight loss
  • glaucoma
  • high blood pressure, heart problems or a recent heart attack
  • high cholesterol levels or receiving treatment for high cholesterol
  • kidney or liver disease
  • mania or bipolar disorder
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt
  • thyroid problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to venlafaxine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • desvenlafaxine
  • duloxetine
  • linezolid
  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for weight control or appetite
  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)
  • nefazodone
  • procarbazine
  • tryptophan

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amphetamine or dextroamphetamine
  • aspirin and aspirin- like medicines
  • cimetidine
  • clozapine
  • medicines for heart rhythm or blood pressure
  • medicines for migraine headache like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • other medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • ritonavir
  • St. John's wort
  • tramadol

               
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