Effexor XR® (venlafaxine XR) is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of depression, social phobia, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Part of a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Effexor XR works by acting on specific chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine.
This medicine comes in a capsule form that is taken by mouth once a day and should be taken with food. Among the factors that can affect the Effexor XR dosage your healthcare provider prescribes are the medical condition being treated, other medical conditions you may have, and other drugs you may be taking. A few of the conditions that you should let your doctor know about before you take Effexor XR include kidney problems, high blood pressure, seizures or epilepsy, and glaucoma.
(For more information on this drug, click Effexor XR. This article offers an in-depth look at this medication, including its dosing guidelines and potential side effects.)