Effexor Side Effects

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, Canada, New Zealand and United States) and the European Union on Effexor (or venlafaxine). 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):

11 warnings on Effexor causing suicide risk or suicidal behavior
5 warnings on Effexor causing hostility or aggression
4 warnings on Effexor causing agitation
3 warnings on Effexor causing anxiety
3 warnings on Effexor causing involuntary movements
3 warnings on Effexor causing self-harm
2 warnings on Effexor causing withdrawal reactions
2 warnings on Effexor causing Serotonin Syndrome
2 warnings on Effexor causing abnormal behavior
2 warnings on Effexor causing cardiovascular disorders
2 warnings on Effexor causing newborn complications
2 warnings on Effexor causing nervous system disorders
2 warnings on Effexor causing abnormal bleeding
1 warning on Effexor causing blood pressure changes or high or low blood pressure
1 warning on Effexor causing blood disorders
1 warning on Effexor causing eye problems
1 warning on Effexor causing allergic reactions
1 warning on Effexor causing heart problems
1 warning on Effexor causing birth defects
1 warning on Effexor causing mania or psychosis
1 warning on Effexor causing sexual dysfunction
1 warning on Effexor causing sleep problems
1 warning on Effexor causing violence
1 warning on Effexor causing irritability
1 warning on Effexor causing pregnancy complications
1 warning on Effexor causing seizures or convulsions
1 warning on Effexor causing gastrointestinal problems
1 warning on Effexor causing skin conditions
1 warning on Effexor causing Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder)
1 warning on Effexor causing coma
1 warning on Effexor causing homicidal ideation

Effexor Drug Studies:

There have been 49 studies done in 17 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) on Effexor (or venlafaxine). 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):

12 studies on Effexor causing suicide risk or attempts
7 studies on Effexor causing newborn complications
4 studies on Effexor causing sexual dysfunction
4 studies on Effexor causing lack of efficacy
3 studies on Effexor causing pregnancy complications
3 studies on Effexor causing birth defects
3 studies on Effexor causing abnormal bleeding
3 studies on Effexor causing withdrawal reactions
2 studies on Effexor causing gastrointestinal problems
2 studies on Effexor causing birth complications
2 studies on Effexor causing premature birth
2 studies on Effexor causing skin conditions
2 studies on Effexor causing involuntary movements
2 studies on Effexor causing nervous system disorders
2 studies on Effexor causing hostility or aggression
2 studies on Effexor causing risk of fractures
2 studies on Effexor causing self-harm
2 studies on Effexor causing reproductive system disorders
2 studies on Effexor causing eye problems
1 study on Effexor causing liver problems
1 study on Effexor causing risk of falls
1 study on Effexor causing diabetes
1 study on Effexor causing violence
1 study on Effexor causing weight gain
1 study on Effexor causing allergic reactions
1 study on Effexor causing homicide or homicidal ideation
1 study on Effexor causing mania or psychosis
1 study on Effexor causing cardiovascular disorders
1 study on Effexor causing heart problems
1 study on Effexor causing stroke
1 study on Effexor causing blood disorders
1 study on Effexor causing death or increased risk of death
1 study on Effexor causing seizures
1 study on Effexor causing impaired driving

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


Documented Side Effects of Effexor:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Abnormal dreams/nightmares
Changes in vision
Coma
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Hallucinations
Hives
Insomnia
Irregular heartbeat
Nausea
Nervousness
Pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in part of the body

Problems with coordination
Seizures
Small purple spots on skin
Stunted growth in children
Twitching
Uncontrollable
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Weight gain in children
Weight loss



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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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.