Effexor is a popular antidepressant agent manufactured by Wyeth. It is the first medicine from the drug class of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or SNRIs.
The main component in Effexor is Venlaflaxine approved by the FDA for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Besides, the medicine is added to the list of optional treatments for people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders, social phobias and other mental issues.
Effexor is prescribed for various other purposes not mentioned in the uses label. Doctors prescribe it off-label for migraine pains, to relief hot flashes in post menopause and menopause women, to treat diabetic neuropathy symptoms and others.
Effexor effectively manages the symptoms of major depressive disorder by blocking the chemicals in the brain and regulating the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. It helps to prevent and treat depression and generalized anxiety, targets panic attacks and other symptoms. The medicine shows few side effects and can be adjusted safely for most the patients. Still some of the patients must not use this medicine. When taken by pregnant women,
Effexor may increase the risk of birth defects. This serious complication is linked to the use of certain SNRI and SSRI antidepressants. Women, who are pregnant, must not use Effexor or other similar antidepressants. For pregnant women there is a special warning from the manufacturer of this medicine. The safety of this medicine use during pregnancy was not established during clinical trials.
The studies proved that the medicine can harm an unborn baby and cause serious birth defects and other complications. Thus the medicine is given the warning status of pregnancy category C. Women who are pregnant and suffer from depressive states should discuss with their doctors the possibilities of other methods of treatment.
The use of Effexor by pregnant women also increases the risk of miscarriage significantly. The manufacturer warns the consumers about possible serious risks associated with this drug.
Effexor just like any other antidepressant with potent actions, can be contraindicated for people younger than14 years of age. Such patients should be closely monitored by doctors during the treatment. Caregivers, parents and medical experts should watch for the behavior changes, mood changes and other warning signs of suicidal tendencies.
Suicidal attempts can increase with the use of Effexor. The prescription of this medicine for people younger than 24 years of age should be justified and proven by a doctor.
Among contraindications for Effexor there is hypersensitivity reaction to the components in the medicine. These may include any severe or moderate allergic reactions of a patient and anaphylactic shock. This medicine is contraindicated for patients who have been treated with MAOIs. MAOIs should not be combined with Effexor because of the risk of serotonin syndrome development. Effexor should not be used in patients who have previously had serious side effects caused by this medicine.