Were you looking for information about Effexor XR? Effexor XL is a common misinterpreted name for Effexor XR.
Drug companies will often attach "XL" to the end of a drug name to indicate that it is an extra-long strength of the medicine. However, in the case of Effexor®, Wyeth (the manufacturer) attached an "XR," which means it is an extended-release medicine. Therefore, there is no Effexor XL.
Effexor XR® (venlafaxine XR) is licensed to treat depression and a number of anxiety disorders. The prescription drug works by acting on specific chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine. Side effects of this medicine can include impotence, a decrease in appetite, sweating, and body weakness.
In addition, this medication is not suitable for everyone. Before taking it, tell your healthcare provider if you have depression, bipolar disorder, glaucoma, heart disease, or liver disease. People with such conditions may not be able to take Effexor XR safely.
(Click Effexor XR for the complete eMedTV article, which discusses the available strengths, how to store the medicine, what to do if you overdose, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)