Mylan Venlafaxine XR

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What is Mylan Venlafaxine XR?

Venlafaxine belongs to the class of antidepressant and anxiolytic medications known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is used to treat Depression.

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Venlafaxine belongs to the class of antidepressant and anxiolytic medications known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is used to treat Depression. It works on the central nervous system (CNS) to elevate mood in people with depression.

Venlafaxine is also used to treat the symptoms of anxiety causing distress in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and panic disorder (panic attacks). SNRIs work by increasing the amount of two chemicals called serotonin and norepinephrine, which are available in certain parts of the brain.

Symptoms may begin to improve within 2 weeks of starting venlafaxine, but it may take several weeks before the full beneficial effects of Mylan Venlafaxine XR are felt.

Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested Mylan Venlafaxine Xr for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr without consulting your doctor.

Do not give Mylan Venlafaxine Xr to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Mylan Venlafaxine Xr if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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Mylan Venlafaxine XR Dosage

Venlafaxine should be taken once daily with food, either in the morning or in the evening. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, chew, or split the capsules.

Depression: The recommended dose of venlafaxine for people with depression is 75 mg once daily. For some people, the doctor may recommend starting with a lower dose of 37.5 mg daily for the first 4 to 7 days of treatment so they can get used to the medication. The dose can then be increased to 75 mg daily. If the expected benefit does not occur after a few weeks, your doctor may gradually increase the dose to a maximum of 225 mg daily, until improvement is seen.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): For people with GAD, the recommended starting dose of venlafaxine is 37.5 mg once daily for 4 to 7 days. Your doctor may gradually increase the dose to a maximum of 225 mg daily, based on your response to the medication.

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia): The usual recommended starting dose of venlafaxine is 75 mg once daily. For some people, the doctor may recommend starting with a lower dose of 37.5 mg daily for the first 4 to 7 days of treatment so they can get used to the medication. The dose can then be increased to 75 mg daily. Your doctor may gradually increase the dose based on your response to the medication, to a maximum of 225 mg daily.

Panic disorder (panic attacks): For people with panic attacks, the recommended starting dose of venlafaxine extended release is 37.5 mg once daily for 7 days. The dose can then be increased to 75 mg daily. Your doctor may gradually increase the dose based on your response to the medication to a maximum of 225 mg daily.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that Mylan Venlafaxine Xr be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store Mylan Venlafaxine Xr at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Mylan Venlafaxine XR Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Mylan Venlafaxine Xr. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • abnormal dreams
  • Constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • sweating
  • sexual difficulties
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • agitation
  • difficulty urinating
  • fast heartbeat
  • hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren't there)
  • increased blood pressure
  • mood or mental changes
  • restlessness or inability to sit still
  • severe abdominal pain
  • signs of bleeding (e.g., unusual nosebleeds, bruising, blood in urine, coughing blood, bleeding gums, cuts that don't stop bleeding)
  • signs of liver damage (e.g., yellowing of the skin and eyes, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-coloured stools, loss of appetite, or nausea and vomiting)
  • symptoms of Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes) (e.g., decreased or blurred vision, eye pain, red eye, swelling of the eye)
  • signs of low sodium (e.g., tiredness, weakness, confusion, achy, stiff, uncoordinated muscles)
  • symptoms of mania (e.g., irritability, elevated mood, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts)
  • unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • attempts at suicide or thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • serotonin syndrome (symptoms include confusion, Diarrhea, Fever, poor coordination, restlessness, shivering, sweating, trembling or shaking, or twitching)
  • signs of an allergic reaction (e.g., difficulty breathing, Hives, swelling of the face or throat)
  • signs of bleeding in the stomach (e.g., bloody, black, or tarry stools; spitting up of blood; vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds)
  • signs of extremely high blood pressure (e.g., severe headache upon wakening that is concentrated in the back of the head and neck, fast or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, chest pain)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

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Mylan-Venlafaxine XR is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under "venlafaxine". This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.

Mylan Venlafaxine XR Contraindications

Do not take venlafaxine if you:

  • are allergic to venlafaxine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are currently taking an MAO inhibitor (e.g., Phenelzine, Tranylcypromine), have taken one in the last 14 days, or will start treatment with one in the next 14 days
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Mylan Venlafaxine XR Precautions

There may be an interaction between venlafaxine and any of the following:

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with Mylan Venlafaxine Xr. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

Mylan Venlafaxine XR Warnings

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

Allergic reactions: In rare cases, some people may develop an allergic reaction to Mylan Venlafaxine Xr. Signs of an allergic reaction include a severe rash, swollen face, or difficulty breathing. If these occur, get immediate medical attention.

Behaviour changes or suicidal behaviour: Some people taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr experience erratic or aggressive behaviour, agitation, depressed mood, or they may have thoughts of harming themselves or others. If you experience any mood or behaviour changes, or if your friends or family observe any of these changes while you are taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, stop taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr and contact your doctor immediately.

Bleeding disorders: Venlafaxine may increase bruising and bleeding from cuts may take longer to stop. If you have a bleeding disorder or a history of bleeding problems, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Blood pressure: Treatment with venlafaxine has been associated with increases in blood pressure. Your doctor may monitor your blood pressure while you are taking venlafaxine. Rarely, some people may experience a large increase in blood pressure. This extremely high blood pressure can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, feeling overly tired, blurred vision, and symptoms of severe headache upon awakening that is mainly in the back of the head and neck region. If any of these symptoms occur, contact your doctor immediately.

Bone health and Osteoporosis: Recent studies have shown that there may be an increased risk of bone fractures (breaks) with the use of venlafaxine and other antidepressants. People with osteoporosis or those with risk factors for developing osteoporosis, may be more likely to experience a fracture. If you have osteoporosis or are at risk for developing osteoporosis, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Cholesterol: Venlafaxine can cause higher blood cholesterol levels. If you are at risk of developing High Cholesterol or you have high cholesterol levels before starting venlafaxine, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Venlafaxine may cause drowsiness or dizziness, affecting your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you have determined how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr affects you.

Glaucoma: Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may cause the symptoms of glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) to become worse. If you have glaucoma, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Report any changes in vision to your doctor as soon as possible while you are taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

Heart disease: If you have heart disease, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Venlafaxine may cause increased blood pressure or increased cholesterol levels.

Kidney function:  Kidney Disease or reduced kidney function may cause Mylan Venlafaxine Xr to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have kidney disease or reduced kidney function, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Liver function: Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause Mylan Venlafaxine Xr to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.

Mania/hypomania: Venlafaxine may cause activation of mania or hypomania. People with a history of bipolar disorder should be closely monitored by their doctor while taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS): Venlafaxine can rarely cause a potentially fatal syndrome known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). If you notice the symptoms of NMS such as high fever, muscle stiffness, confusion or loss of consciousness, sweating, racing or irregular heartbeat, or fainting, get immediate medical attention.

Seizures: If you have a history of seizures, discuss with your doctor how Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Serotonin syndrome: Mylan Venlafaxine Xr may cause a potentially life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome, especially when used with other medications that increase serotonin levels (e.g., Sumatriptan, Rizatriptan). If you experience symptoms of serotonin syndrome such as agitation, hallucinations, fast heart rate, fever, lack of coordination, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, get immediate medical attention.

Stopping the medication: Stopping Mylan Venlafaxine Xr suddenly may lead to side effects. If you are thinking of stopping Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, check with your doctor first. When stopping venlafaxine treatment after more than one week, it is recommended that the dose of the medication be reduced gradually to prevent symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, nervousness, sleep disturbances, sweating, and vomiting.

Pregnancy: Newborns whose mothers take medications such as venlafaxine during the third trimester of pregnancy may experience complications that require prolonged hospitalization. These complications normally resolve over time.

Mylan Venlafaxine Xr should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Mylan Venlafaxine Xr, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: Mylan Venlafaxine Xr passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking venlafaxine, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr have not been established for children under 18 years old. There have been reports that using this and similar medications for children below the age of 18 may cause behavioural and emotional changes, such as suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

Seniors: Seniors may be more sensitive to the side effects of Mylan Venlafaxine Xr.

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