Effexor warnings and precautions

Effexor is an antidepressant which works by restoring a natural balance of chemicals in the human adult brain. Like all antidepressants, this particular drug must be handled carefully, especially if you are taking other drugs, and especially other antidepressants.

The way Effexor treats depression and panic disorder is by increasing the balance of selected natural chemicals in the brain. In turn, this helps to enhance the mood problems often experienced by patients.

Mixing medications can cause serious or even fatal responses so it's important to understand how medications interact with each other and which ones to avoid. Mixing drugs with dangerous or fatal results is often labeled as accidental poisoning, but this is a very preventable death or injury so long as care is taken.


If you are on Effexor, there are a number of kinds of medications you should avoid. Your doctor will be able to go over these more stringently, but as a loose guide, these are the type of drugs you should avoid when on Effexor. Always tell your doctor if you're on any of these medications so that he can adjust or change your dosage as necessary.

Effexor does not respond well with weight loss drugs such as sibutramine because of serious side effects and results. Effexor also has problems with MAO inhibitors like furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, or tranylcypromine if taken within seven to two weeks of each other. You should also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any prescription or even herbal medications as certain drugs simply do not get along well with Effexor and your doctor will be able to advise you on how to change your drug regime in order to stay safe and keep your drugs effective for what they were prescribed to do.

Drugs that are muscle relaxants, other antidepressants, and sleeping pills can also cause inadvertent side effects when taken alongside Effexor. Anti-seizure drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain relievers and ibuprofen can also cause difficulties when you're taking Effexor at the same time. In short, considering the long list of drugs which even simply contain ingredients that do not cooperate with this antidepressant, you should tell your doctor about everything you're taking regularly or even semi regularly so that there is less risk of hurting yourself. Even drugs which are pain relievers or fever relievers can cause problems, and a lot of drugs contain ingredients with these properties, so always check in first.

If you overdose or accidentally mix drugs, you should always call poison control for advice and seek medical attention, especially if you feel overly drowsy, have seizures, or a sudden, rapid heartbeat as these are indicators of serious problems to come if the overdose/mix isn't dealt with by a qualified professional.

Mixing medications with Effexor is just like being poisoned; except this can be easily prevented by telling your doctor everything you're taking, even things that seem inconsequential such as herbal remedies. It's too hard to predict what a drug will have a strange effect with or when, so better safe than sorry. And since Effexor, like many antidepressants is sensitive to other medications, you have to be doubly careful not to accidentally mix in something else.

Prior to taking Effexor, you must consult a doctor. You will also need to have regular consultation with your doctor for the first 3 months of treatment. For first time users of Effexor, you may experience thoughts of sucide, espcially for those under 24 years old.

When it doubt, always ask a doctor about Effexor before usage of this medication drug.

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