The documented risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Effexor is a newer antidepressant drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antidepressants can cause suicidal thinking and behavior in children and young adults.
Effexor is also known as Dobupal, Efectin, Effexor XR, Faxine, Trevilor, Vandral, Velafax, Venlafaxine, Venlafaxine SR, Venlafaxine XR.
Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here.
Effexor Drug Warnings:
There have been 26 drug regulatory agency warnings from four countries (Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Canada) and the European Union. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):
12 warnings on Effexor causing suicidal thoughts/behavior/risk
5 warnings on Effexor causing hostility/aggression
3 warnings on Effexor causing birth defects
3 warnings on Effexor causing anxiety
3 warnings on Effexor causing serotonin syndrome (this occurs when the body has too much serotonin; symptoms may include restlessness, hallucinations, rapid changes in blood pressure, vomiting, and diarrhea)
2 warnings on Effexor causing heart problems
Effexor Drug Studies:
There have been 20 studies in five countries (Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Finland). These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):
7 studies on Effexor causing suicidal thoughts/behaviors/risk
3 studies on Effexor causing birth defects
2 studies on Effexor causing abnormal bleeding
1 study on Effexor causing violence
1 study on Effexor causing aggression
1 study on Effexor causing risk of falls in elderly
1 study on Effexor causing self-harm
1 study on Effexor causing sexual dysfunction
1 study on Effexor causing mania
Top Reactions for All Ages: There have been 11,639 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Effexor.
The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
- 2,060 cases of drug withdrawal syndrome
- 1,047 cases of dizziness
- 1,010 cases of nausea
- 872 cases of suicidal ideation
- 836 cases of depression
- 819 cases of anxiety
- 794 cases of headaches
- 742 cases of feeling abnormal
- 713 cases of the drug being ineffective
- 611 cases of insomnia
Abnormal dreams/nightmares Irregular heartbeat Small purple spots on skin
Documented Side Effects of Effexor:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.
Changes in vision
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in part of the body
Problems with coordination
Stunted growth in children
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Weight gain in children
Small purple spots on skin
This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.