One of the most popular antidepressants prescribed is Effexor (venlafaxine), a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). This drug is prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorders and clinical depression. Effexor is known to have strong side effects and there is suspicion in the medical community that if may significantly increase the risk of suicide. As such, it is typically recommended for use if a person being treated with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) is not seeing suitable results to treatment with that class of drug.

Though Effexor is considered to be a non-addictive antidepressant, dependency and addiction can happen. This usually occurs with individuals who have other disorders that are being treated at the same time. Commonly these include mood disorders other than depression and anxiety, eating disorders (like anorexia or bulimia), and substance abuse. Misuse of Effexor has several adverse side effects, often amplifying conditions that it is used to treat. These side effects can include further depression, panic attacks stemming from heightened anxiety, hallucinations, incoherent thoughts and confusion, irritability and aggression, nervousness, abnormal dreams, and an increased risk of suicide.

Effexor can become addictive if not used as recommended. Whether you want to learn more about Effexor, or you suspect someone you know may be dependent on it, The Recovery Village has answers to your inquiries. For more information, call the Effexor hotline 24/7 to speak with a specialist.