Effexor is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for the treatment of clinical depression and anxiety disorders. It’s a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant, typically considered for use when and individual that had been treated with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) showed little or no improvement in their mental or physical condition. Effexor is known to have very strong side effects and may significantly increase the risk of suicide.

As an antidepressant SNRI, Effexor is considered to be physically non-addictive, though dependency and addiction on a psychological level can happen. This has happened most prominently with individuals who have co-occurring disorders that are being treated. These conditions are typically those concerned with eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) or substance abuse. Side effects of Effexor are unpleasant and can further compound those felt if other conditions are being treated at the same time. Side effects include the following: aggression, irritability, heightened anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, incoherent thoughts, hallucinations, abnormal dreams, and more. Sometimes, taking more of the drug is done to combat these side effects – thus perpetuating the cycle.

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