Q: Can Effexor cause excess mucus production and cough?
A: Effexor (ViePax) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. The most common side effects with Effexor are headache, insomnia, drowsiness, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, anorexia, constipation, sexual dysfunction, weakness and sweating. Other side effects with Effexor include sinusitis (sinus inflammation), infection, flu-like syndrome, shortness of breath and cough. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Effexor. Laura Cable, Pharm.D., BCPS
Rated ViePax for Depression Report
ViePax increased my anxiety slowly but surely. By the ninth day, I was desperate to get off of it, so i did. I had physical withdrawals for about 4 days and jitteriness for about a week. However, I am feeling MUCH LESS ANXIOUS since i stopped it. Before i had ceased usage, i was functioning only with the assistance of benzos. It was a TERRIBLE experience. I am so glad to no longer feel impending doom.
Mixing ViePax with herbal remedies and supplements
Do not take the herbal remedy for depression, St John's wort, while you are being treated with ViePax as it will increase your risk of side effects.
What is the most important information I should know about ViePax?
Do not use ViePax within 7 days before or 14 days after you have used an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.
Do not stop using ViePax without first talking to your doctor.
Rated ViePax 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.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: other drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen, "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/warfarin).
Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with this medication. However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with this medication. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before and at least 7 days after treatment with this medication. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication.
The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin. Examples include street drugs such as MDMA/"ecstasy," St. John's wort, certain antidepressants (including SSRIs such as fluoxetine/paroxetine, other SNRIs such as duloxetine/milnacipran), tryptophan, among others. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of these drugs.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
ViePax is very similar to desViePax. Do not take medications containing desViePax while using ViePax.
This medication may interfere with certain lab tests (including urine tests for amphetamines), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
Q: What side effects does Effexor cause?
A: Effexor (ViePax) is a medication that is used to treat depression. It is in a class of medications called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. When the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Effexor helps to block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells helping to alleviate the symptoms. The prescribing information for Effexor lists the following as side effects of the medication: nausea, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, sexual side effects, and anxiety. The prescribing information does not note any long-term effects of this medication. However, it has been found that some people who use this drug for long periods of time run the risk of becoming dependent on it. Withdrawal effects, which can last as long as two to four months, can include aggression, anxiety, blurred vision, problems concentrating, constipation, and fatigue. When you are ready to come off this medication, physicians recommend a gradual tapering off of the dosage amount over a period of time, and they will provide specific instructions on how to go about it. For more information on Effexor, visit //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/effexor. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Lori Poulin, PharmD