This medicine belongs to a class of antidepressants known as the Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs).
It is used to treat conditions such as:
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Potential side effects
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Increase your intake of fluids and include more fibre (vegetables and fruits) in your diet. Incorporate some exercise in your daily routine.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you require any laxatives.
Do not drive or operate any machinery until you have experienced how this medicine affects you.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medicine at a different time of the day.
Avoid daytime naps. Limit caffeine intake. Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Instead of looking at electronic screens before bedtime, choose other relaxing activities such as reading a book or listening to calm music.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to the medicines.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medicine?
For women: Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or have plans to become pregnant. If you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, your doctor would have discussed the potential benefits and side-effects with you but should you have further questions or concerns, do consult your doctor.
Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine. If you intent to take any over the counter medicine, supplement, traditional Chinese medicine or herbal preparation consult your doctor/pharmacist to ensure it is safe to take with venlafaxine.
Oral extended-release tablet or capsule:
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Take it with or after food, at the same time of day. Swallow Venlafaxine whole; do not chew, crush or break the tablet/capsule.
This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before this medicine can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it.
Do not stop taking this medicine even after you feel better. Your symptoms may return if this medicine is stopped too early. Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.
Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor. You may experience unpleasant side effects if it is stopped suddenly.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing.
Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
If you take more doses then prescribed by your doctor consult a doctor/healthcare professional immediately.
Discard any unused or expired medicine. Check with your pharmacist if you are unsure how to safely discard your medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on taking this medicine?
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