Effexor Addiction (Venlafaxine)

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Most psychiatric drugs are generally considered to be non-addictive but that’s not entirely true. In fact, when Bayer first brought Heroin to the marketplace in 1898 as a cough suppressant they said that Heroin was non-addictive. Can you imagine a professional pharmaceutical corporation stating that heroin is non-addictive? The point is you cannot believe everything you hear. Effexor®/Venlafaxine, an antidepressant (mood elevator), is used to treat depression. Effexor medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses. If you want to stop taking Venlafaxine (Effexor®) and are having difficulty doing so – we can help you through the process of Effexor addiction and detox/withdrawal.

Effexor/Venlafaxine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Effexor is usually taken two or three times a day and should be taken with food. Follow the Effexor directions on your Effexor prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or Effexor pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Effexor/venlafaxine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of Effexor or take Effexor more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Continue to take Effexor/venlafaxine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Effexor/venlafaxine without talking to your doctor, especially if you have taken large Effexor doses for a long time. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your Effexor dose gradually. This Effexor drug must be taken regularly for a few weeks before Effexor’s full effect is felt.


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Effexor Addiction Precautions & Side Effects:

Warnings for those taking Effexor®/venlafaxine,

Cocaine use affects all eleven systems of the human body; cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, integumentary, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory and skeletal.

Are you also taking, especially anticoagulants [warfarin (Coumadin)]; cimetidine (Tagamet); indinavir (Crixivan); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), medication for high blood pressure; muscle relaxants; sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; and vitamins.

Have ever had difficulty urinating, elevated intraocular pressure, or liver, kidney, or heart disease.

If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Effexor/venlafaxine.

You should know that this Effexor drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this Effexor drug affects you.

Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this Effexor drug.

Effexor Side Effects:

Side effects from Effexor/venlafaxine are common:

Tell your doctor if any of these Effexor symptoms are severe or do not go away:

If you experience any of the following Effexor symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

Effexor Detox and Withdrawal

Effexor® is classified as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).

Many physicians prescribe Effexor as a treatment for depression-related illnesses.

You may have been misled that there is no real potential for developing a physical dependency on Effexor. That is blatantly false.

If you abruptly discontinue or rapidly taper off Effexor® (venlafaxine) you might experience withdrawal symptoms.
Effexor withdrawals can start soon after you miss a single dose.
Effexor® withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, but for the most part, the symptoms are quite uncomfortable. Effexor withdrawals may include hallucinations, dizziness, confusion, brain zaps, lightheadedness, tremors, and influenza like effects.

If you’re being treated for an emotional condition, you may find that your emotional condition worsens during the detoxification process. The risks associated with an exacerbated emotional condition are some of the main reasons why professional help is so important.

It’s your life – so why take a chance.

Depression is one of the most common emotional states that almost all people can experience. Once in a while, individuals tend to undergo depression, especially when unlikely events happen at an instant such as a loss of a loved one, losing a job, or moving to another location. Depression that occurs for short periods of time and intermittently with a root cause is considered to be normal and will eventually pass through time. But in cases where depression becomes frequent and heightens that one’s activities of daily living have been affected or impaired, this type of depression is considered to be an illness of one’s normal state of mind.

Treatment-resistant depression is admittedly more difficult to manage than the typical depressive disorder. However, affected individuals must be aware that it can also be treated, and with treatment, they will have a better quality of life.