Effexor is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) that must be taken once a day in order to yield successful results. Effexor also comes available as Effexor XR with the “XR” standing for extended release. This drug is sometimes sold under the brand name Venlafaxine HCI. This drug is prescribed for those patients who suffer from depression, generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) and for adults only, social anxiety disorder.
Depression is not always the same from person to person and while some people suffer from a mild form of it, others suffer from more moderate or serious depression. Some individuals exhibit a number of the symptoms of depression while other people may only suffer from a few. The most common symptoms of depression include a sad and hopeless feeling that is always there, a lack of appetite, weight loss, disturbances in sleep patterns, a lack of enjoyment towards activities that once brought pleasure, restlessness and/or a chronic sense of fatigue, a feeling of lethargy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, a problem staying focused and also with making even the simplest decisions, and finally, thoughts of death and taking one’s own life. Effexor can help for those who suffer from the mildest to the more serious cases of depression.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is when a person is plagued by constant anxiety and worry in their life. In order for it to be termed GAD it must have been in place for a period of six months or more. Effexor can help those suffering with these symptoms- excessive tiredness, a constant feeling of restlessness, tension in the muscles, irritability, a problem concentrating on tasks and/or a mind that suddenly goes blank for no apparent reason, and a problem sleeping at night.
Social anxiety disorder in adults’ means that a person suffers from an extreme fear of social situations of any kind. This fear can cause a total avoidance of all social gatherings if it is not brought under control. Effexor can help a patient deal with the physical symptoms of this disorder such as sweating excessively, blushing, a racing heartbeat, nauseas and trembling. It can also help remedy a constant fear of embarrassment and intense self-consciousness while out in public.
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