Rated Benolaxe for Depression Report
I have been on this for almost 5 years. I absolutely love it. There are only a couple of negative things for me. Which are the withdrawal symptoms are awful. Also, CVS switched manufacturers for their generic of effexor xr and the new one made me suicidal and anxious, hand tremors, couldn't function at all. Idk what's wrong with the new one, but I can't keep it. Switching to name brand.
Q: Can Effexor cause intestinal blockage?
A: Effexor (Benolaxe) is an antidepressant in the class of drugs called selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs affect chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. Common side effects of Effexor include drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, dry mouth, mild nausea, constipation, decreased sex drive, impotence, blurred vision, increased appetite, and changes in weight. This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with Effexor. According to the prescribing information for Effexor, intestinal obstruction is listed as a rare side effect in people taking the medication. It does not list how many people have experienced it or whether or not it is likely to be drug related or not. A search of the medical literature did not yield any additional information. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications. Tell your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Sarah Lewis, RPh, PharmD
Q: I have been on Effexor for over 5 years. Is this drug safe for long-term use? I also take Lyrica and Celebrex. Is this combination of medications safe?
A: Effexor (Benolaxe) is an antidepressant in a class of drugs called selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs affect chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. Effexor is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. Common side effects of Effexor include drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, dry mouth, mild nausea, constipation, decreased sex drive, blurred vision, increased appetite, and changes in weight. Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) medication that works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. It also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system. Lyrica is used to control seizures, to treat fibromyalgia, and treat pain caused by nerve damage in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy) or herpes zoster (post-herpetic neuralgia). It can also be used to treat restless leg syndrome. Side effects that can commonly occur with Lyrica are similar to Effexor and include dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, blurred vision, loss of balance or coordination, memory or concentration problems, dry mouth, constipation, stomach pain, and increased appetite. Celebrex (celecoxib) is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDS work to reduce hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Celebrex is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. It can also be used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon. Common side effects of Celebrex include upset stomach, mild heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, nervousness, headache, skin rash, itching, blurred vision, and ringing in the ears. The use of NSAIDS may increase the risk of serious side effects. This includes an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and bleeding from the digestive tract. The risk of heart attack or stroke increases with long-term use of an NSAID. However, bleeding from the digestive tract can happen at any time during treatment. Signs of bleeding from the digestive tract include black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Call your doctor at once if you experience this. There are a couple of interactions to be aware of with this combination. As mentioned above, Effexor and Lyrica share some similar side effects. So, when taken together, it can sometimes make those side effects worse. Dizziness and drowsiness would be examples. The other interaction involves Effexor and Celebrex. Effexor can increase the risk of bleeding with Celebrex. So, be aware of the signs of bleeding which can include nose bleeds, bleeding gums, easy or unusual bruising, cuts that won't heal, and dark urine or stool. Contact your doctor right away if you suspect you may have bleeding problems. This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with any of these medications. Your healthcare provider is best able to guide your treatment decisions based on your specific circumstances. Do not stop or change the amount of medication you take without talking to your healthcare provider first. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Sarah Lewis, RPh, PharmD
4. How and when to take it
Take Benolaxe once or twice a day as recommended by your doctor. It's best to take Benolaxe with food so it doesn't make you feel sick.
Urgent advice: Call your doctor straight away if:
You've taken too much Benolaxe by accident and experience symptoms such as:
- feeling sleepy
- being sick (vomiting)
- a racing heart
If you need to go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department, do not drive yourself - get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.
Take the Benolaxe packet, or the leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine with you.
Like all medicines, Benolaxe can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones. Some of the common side effects of Benolaxe will gradually improve as your body gets used to it.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will check your blood pressure often and order certain lab tests to check your response to Benolaxe.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
How should I take Benolaxe?
Take Benolaxe exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Benolaxe should be taken with food. Try to take your dose at the same time each day.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole.
To make the extended-release capsule easier to swallow, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a small amount of applesauce. Swallow all of the mixture without chewing, and do not save any for later use.
It may take several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop using Benolaxe without first talking to your doctor. You may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medicine suddenly.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked regularly.
This medicine can cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking this medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.