Venlafaxine is an antidepressant pill used to treat depression, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorders. For those suffering from depression, anxiety, or panic, Venlafaxine helps to restore the natural balance of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, easing the distressing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Venlafaxine comes in three forms: tablet, tablet extended-release, and capsule extended-release.
Venlafaxine can also help prevent migraines. After an assessment with a medical provider, you might be prescribed Venlafaxine for migraine prevention even if you don’t have any symptoms of depression or anxiety.
- How Does Venlafaxine Work?
Venlafaxine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI, that works by balancing important mood-controlling substances like serotonin in the brain. Dosage can vary depending on your symptoms and the reason you were prescribed the drug. For example, the amount of each dose of Venlafaxine will vary if your doctor prescribed you the medication for anxiety rather than for migraines.
Keep Venlafaxine out of the reach of children and dispose of any unused medication safely after the expiration date. For best results, follow the advice and prescription from your doctor. Common prescriptions involve taking Venlafaxine two or three times per day with food. It may take a couple of weeks before you start to see results, so hang in there and speak with your physician if you have any questions about the medication.
- Is Venlafaxine Easy to Get?
Yes! Venlafaxine is a popular choice for the treatment of a variety of depression and anxiety-related disorders in addition to migraine prevention and other non-depression related symptoms. You can get Venlafaxine at just about any pharmacy. Do be aware, though, that you'll need a prescription from a doctor to get Venlafaxine.
At Nurx™ we make it easy to get a prescription for Venlafaxine. Our doctors are licensed in the states we are available in. After completing a health assessment, our doctors will determine if Venlafaxine is the best choice for your headache or migraine treatment. Once established, our doctors can provide you with a prescription over the internet, which we use to order your medication. Once we've sent the prescription to our pharmacy, you'll receive your Venlafaxine medication through the mail. This way, you'll never have to deal with the inconvenience of leaving home for the doctor or pharmacy.
We at Nurx accept a wide range of insurance providers. If your insurance provider isn't covered at this time, rest assured that we can offer you a low out-of-pocket price since Venlafaxine is a generic drug.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Venlafaxine?
Before you start taking Venlafaxine, make sure you talk with your doctor about any other medications you're on or any health history that may preclude your suitability for the drug. Some health conditions, previous illnesses, or family histories might make Venlafaxine not the best choice for you. Definitely share your full medical history with your doctor, but be sure to mention if you have any of the following:
High blood pressure.
Make sure you're not allergic to venlafaxine or desvenlafaxine or have any allergies to the inactive ingredients in Venlafaxine. Additionally, Venlafaxine can increase some of the symptoms of depression and anxiety before improving them, so let your doctor know if you have any suicidal or self-harming thoughts prior to starting Venlafaxine. Often, these worsening symptoms improve rapidly, and you should be feeling good within a couple of weeks.
- What Are the Side Effects of Venlafaxine?
As with any antidepressant, you can have some side effects when taking Venlafaxine. Don't worry, though. Most people only get one or two of the most frequently mentioned side effects from Venlafaxine. The most common side effects are mild and can include:
Irregular bowel movements.
Loss of appetite.
Doctors have documented some rare side effects from Venlafaxine, though it's important to remember that they are uncommon. Like the other, more common side effects, it's unlikely you would experience more than one, if any, of these. They include:
High blood pressure.
Thoughts of suicide.
Speak to your doctor if your side effects are intense, and your doctor can help you work through it.
- Is Venlafaxine Safe to Take With Other Medications?
Yes, Venlafaxine is safe to take with many medications. Be sure to check with your doctor, however, and let them know about any other medications you're on as there are some interactions that can lead to problems. You should avoid taking Venlafaxine if you already take:
Aspirins and other blood-thinning medications can negatively interact with Venlafaxine, so do let your doctor know if you take any of those occasionally or regularly. Finally, MAO inhibitors can have really serious reactions with Venlafaxine, so absolutely tell your doctor if you're taking one before starting Venlafaxine. In most cases, you'll need to stop your MAO inhibitor at least two weeks before starting Venlafaxine and then be off of Venlafaxine for at least two weeks before beginning your MAO inhibitor again.
- How do I get a prescription for Venlafaxine through Nurx?
Getting your prescription for Venlafaxine through Nurx is easy! Work with a member of our medical team to easily and quickly get set up. You'll provide us at Nurx with your insurance information if available, and then one of the medical doctors in your state who works with us will get your prescription written and set. If you're interested in the brand name version of Venlafaxine, Effexor, we can work with you to see if you'll do well on the generic or if Effexor is truly the right choice.
- Can I buy Venlafaxine online through Nurx?
You can! After your prescription has been written or approved by one of our doctors, we'll prepare and ship your Venlafaxine prescription directly to your home so you don't have to waste time finding a doctor or going to the pharmacy.
- How long would it take to deliver Venlafaxine if I bought it online?
Generally, it takes about three to five business days total to intake your information, prepare your order, and ship it to your home.
- Who makes Venlafaxine?
Pfizer makes Venlafaxine along with many other generic and non-generic medications.
- Does Venlafaxine cause weight gain?
While there is some anecdotal association with weight gain, Venlafaxine itself might not be the cause. Instead, weight gain while taking Venlafaxine could be caused by water retention, increased appetite, lack of exercise, or other factors.
- Does Venlafaxine give you energy?
Venlafaxine can improve your energy level and brighten your mood, causing you to want to be more active. Generally feeling more engaged in your life is one of the major benefits of taking Venlafaxine, which should improve your overall energy.
- Does Venlafaxine make you sleepy?
Venlafaxine can cause some drowsiness. Try taking it at bedtime if you find it makes you tired, rather than in the morning or during the day. Talk with your doctor if you're noticing Venlafaxine is making it a challenge to manage your day due to drowsiness.
- Does Venlafaxine help with hot flashes?
Yes! Venlafaxine is increasingly being used to treat hot flashes in women who don't respond well to medications containing estrogen.
- Does Venlafaxine help with anxiety?
Venlafaxine has been shown through research and studies to improve symptoms of a variety of anxiety disorders, including:
Generalized anxiety disorder.
Social anxiety disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Venlafaxine works to increase mood-boosting chemicals in the brain to reduce negative feelings like sadness, fear, and anxiousness.
- Does Venlafaxine cause nausea?
Nausea is a common side effect of Venlafaxine. Similar complaints include vomiting and changes in appetite. However, it's important to remember that everyone responds differently to prescription medications and that it's unlikely you would experience all the listed potential side effects associated with Venlafaxine.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.For more information and to signup, visit www.nurx.com and follow us @nurxapp on Twitter and Instagram.