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The medicine effexor is the commercial name for Venlfaxine, an anti-anxiety drug. This anxiety drug is commonly prescribed by psychiatrists and other mental health experts in order to treat the following conditions:
    Bulimia (an eating disorder)
    Depression
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD). etc

The medicine effexor is a Serotonin Norephinephrine Reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs). When used by someone with an anxiety disorder, it blocks the absorption of serotonin and norepinephrine, these two are chemical that affect mood and concentration (by the brain). According to mental health experts; if the serotonin level is high, it leads to a more positive or stable mood in people that suffer from depression over some time. This anxiety drug is known to also improve the focus and the mental clarity of people who suffer from ADD/ADHD.

This anti-anxiety drug is usually prescribed in combination with another type of medication in order to get the best possible result. It is usually taken in dosages of about 75 to 225 milligrams, and it is known to work best when it is taken with food and when it is in the patient’s body continually for every 5 hour interval throughout the day/24hours. 

The medicine effexor should not be used without first consulting a doctor or mental health professional.

1)    Do not take  effexor antidepressant medication if:
    Do not even think about taking effexor if you are deathly allergic or simply allergic to venlafaxine.
    If you are taking a monoamine oxidise inhibitor (MAOI), such as
-    Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
-    Selegiline (Eldepryl)
-    Phenelzine (Nardil)
-    Rasagiline (Azilec)
-    isocarboxazid (Marplan)
    If you have high blood pressure
    If you suffer from bipolar (also known as manic depression)
    If you suffer from cirrhosis or any other liver disease
    If you have glaucoma
    kidney disease
    high cholesterol level
    a bleeding or clotting disorder
    seizures or epilepsy

2)    What you should expect from taking the medicine effexor
You may have suicidal thoughts when you start taking an antidepressant medication (especially if you are below the age of 24 years). Your physician will need to always check you regularly for a couple of weeks immediately after you start treatments.

3)    You may have certain side effects when you take the medicine effexor.
The side effects of using effexor medicine include:

    Hair loss
    Headache
    Shallow breathing
    Trouble concentrating
    Easy bruising or bleeding
    Red looking rashes on the skin, severe blistering and peeling
    Increased blood pressure
    Blurred vision
    Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
    Stiff muscles
    Fast or uneven heart beats/heart palpitations
    Hallucinations
    Weakness
    Confusion
    Overactive reflexes
    Fainting
    Seizures

The above side effects are quite serious and should be reported immediately to your doctor if you notice any of the symptoms.

The not so serious side effect of taking effexor includes:

    Changes in weight
    Dry mouth
    Blurred vision
    Increased appetite
    Mild nausea, constipation
    Drowsiness, feeling nervous and dizzy
    Reduced libido (sex drive)