Discuss With Your Doctor
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Effexor, or if
you are also using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as:
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
- Phenelzine (Nardil®)
- Rasagiline (Azilect®)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl®, Emsam®)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate®)
You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAOI before you can take
Effexor. After you stop taking Effexor, you must wait at least 7 days before you
start taking an MAOI.
Before taking Effexor, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications,
or if you have:
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Cirrhosis or other liver disease
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- High cholesterol
If you have any of the conditions listed above, you may not be able to take Effexor,
or you may need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
You may have suicidal thoughts or behavior when you first start taking an
antidepressant, especially if you are under 18 years old. Watch for worsening
symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts. Your doctor should check you at regular
visits during the first 12 weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or
caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Contact your doctor if you have any of the following side effects,
especially if they are new symptoms or if they get worse:
- mood changes
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping
- severe restlessness
- mania (mental and/ or physical hyperactivity)
- thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
Effexor may be harmful to an unborn baby, and may cause problems in a newborn
baby if the mother takes the medication late in pregnancy (during the third trimester).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Effexor can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication
without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without the advice
of a doctor.