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Details About Generic Salt ::  Venlafax

Main Medicine Class::    

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

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Drugs Class ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

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Indications for Drugs ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Drug Dose ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Contraindication ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Drug Precautions ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Drug Side Effects ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

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Drug Mode of Action ::  

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

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Drug Interactions ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

Drug Assesment ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Drug Storage/Management ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

–>

Drug Notes ::

(VEN-luh-fax-EEN)
Effexor
Tablets
25 mg
Tablets
37.5 mg
Tablets
50 mg
Tablets
75 mg
Tablets
100 mg
Effexor XR
Capsules, extended-release
37.5 mg
Capsules, extended-release
75 mg
Capsules, extended-release
150 mg
Class: Antidepressant

 

 Action Potentiates norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitter activity in CNS.

 

 Indications Treatment of depression; generalized anxiety disorder (venlafaxine ER).

 

 Contraindications Concomitant use with MAOIs.

 

 Route/Dosage

Depression

ADULTS (immediate-release): PO 75 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses; titrate to clinical effect, adding up to 75 mg/day at intervals of ³ 4 days (max, 375 mg/day).

ADULTS (extended-release): PO 75 mg/day administered in single dose either in morning or evening at approximately same time each day. Make dose increases in increments of up to 75 mg/day as needed and at intervals of ³ 4 days.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

ADULTS (extended-release): PO The usual dosage is 75 to 225 mg/day. Some patients may need to start with 37.5 mg/day to avoid overstimulation.

 

 Interactions

Desipramine, Haloperidol: Plasma levels of these drugs may be elevated by venlavaxine, increasing the risk of adverse effects. MAOIs: MAOIs have produced serious, even fatal, reactions when given concomitantly with venlafaxine. Do not use venlafaxine together with MAOIs or within 14 days of MAOI use. Wait ³ 7 days after stopping venlafaxine before using MAOI. St. John’s Wort: Increased sedative-hypnotic effects may occur. Sibutramine, Sumatriptan, Trazodone: A “serotinin syndrome,” including irritability, increased muscle tone, shivering, myoclonus, and altered consciousness may occur.

 

 Lab Test Interferences None well documented.

 

 Adverse Reactions CARDIOVASCULAR: Hypertension; migraine; vasodilation; tachycardia; postural hypotension. CNS: Insomnia; somnolence; anxiety; headache; dizziness; nervousness; tremor; asthenia; abnormal dreams; hypertonia; paresthesia; agitation; confusion; abnormal thinking; depersonalization; twitching. DERMATOLOGIC: Sweating; rash; pruritus. EENT: Blurred vision; taste perversion; tinnitus; mydriasis. GI: Nausea; anorexia; dry mouth; constipation; dysphagia; diarrhea; vomiting; dyspepsia; flatulence; weight loss. GU: Abnormal ejaculation or orgasm; dysuria; hematuria; increased BUN; vaginitis; decreased libido; urinary retention; impotence; urinary frequency; anorgasmia (female); impaired urination; orgasm disturbance; menstrual disorder. HEMATOLOGIC: Ecchymosis. HEPATIC: Increased LFT results and bilirubin. METABOLIC: Peripheral edema; weight gain. RESPIRATORY: Dyspnea. OTHER: Pharyngitis; infection; chills; chest pain; trauma; yawn.

 

 Precautions

Pregnancy: Category C. Lactation: Excreted in breast milk. CHILDREN: Safety and efficacy in patients < 18 yr not established. Elderly: Take extra care when increasing dose in elderly patients. Special Risk Patients: Use drug with caution in patients with history of seizure, mania, suicidal tendencies, drug abuse, or dependence. Hepatic or Renal Impairment: Reduction of dose may be necessary. Use drug with caution. Hypertension: Regular monitoring of BP is recommended. Venlafaxine is associated with sustained but small increases in BP (usually associated with doses > 300 mg/day). Discontinuation: After 1 wk of therapy, dosage requires tapering if discontinuing; after 6 wk of treatment, taper over 2-wk period.

PATIENT CARE CONSIDERATIONS


 

 Administration/Storage

  • Administer with meals.
  • Store at room temperature in tight container.

 

 Assessment/Interventions

  • Obtain patient history, including drug history and any known allergies.
  • Establish baseline weight.
  • Establish baseline serum cholesterol level.
  • After 4 to 6 wk of therapy, reevaluate long-term usefulness.
  • Monitor BP at least twice a week.
OVERDOSAGE: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  Somnolence, sinus tachycardia

 

 Patient/Family Education

  • Advise patient to avoid intake of alcoholic beverages and other CNS depressants.
  • Tell patient to report any rash or hives.
  • Advise patient to report to health care provider any other prescription or otc drugs that may be taken.
  • Advise patient to take sips of water frequently, to suck on ice chips or sugarless hard candy, or sugarless chewing gum if dry mouth occurs.
  • Instruct patient to use caution when driving or performing other tasks that require mental alertness or coordination.
  • Advise patient to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps or wear protective clothing; photosensitivity may occur.
  • Advise patients to notify health care provider if pregnant, intending to become pregnant during therapy, or breastfeeding.

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