Venlafaxine (generic for Effexor®)

Not feeling your best? You’re not alone. Medication isn’t for everyone, but it can be life changing for those who need it. Consult with a psychiatry provider through our platform to help you determine whether a medication like Venlafaxine could be right for you and help you feel like yourself again.
FDA-approved for major depressive disorder
Prescribed by licensed psychiatry providers, if appropriate
Online evaluation and ongoing check-ins
Product Overview

What Is Venlafaxine

Venlafaxine is an antidepressant drug, notably the first of a newer type called SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) that offer an alternative to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). The FDA first approved the drug in 1993 to treat depression in adults and later in 1997 as an extended release (XR) version. Venlafaxine XR is sold under the brand name Effexor XR and is a prescription medication.

Venlafaxine Uses

Venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR) FDA-approved to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety order (SAD), and panic disorder (PD). Not all mental health conditions can be treated by a provider through our platform. Those who are not candidates for treatment through our platform should consider seeking care from a medical provider in person to evaluate potential options for treatment.

How Venlafaxine Works

Venlafaxine is thought to affect the balance of two chemicals within the brain. Like other SNRIs, venlafaxine specifically blocks both serotonin transporter (SERT) and norepinephrine transporter (NET) proteins. Relative to other SNRIs, venlafaxine inhibits serotonin reuptake more than norepinephrine reuptake.
What to expect

Get Venlafaxine Online

Consult with a psychiatrist or other qualified psychiatry provider online through our platform. If prescribed Venlafaxine, genuine venlafaxine XR will be shipped to you discreetly. You’ll have ongoing check-ins with a healthcare provider to evaluate whether your treatment plan is working.

Venlafaxine Side Effects

The most common side effects of venlafaxine include unusual dreams, sexual problems, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or dry mouth, feeling tired, fatigued or overly sleepy, change in sleep habits, problems sleeping, yawning, tremor or shaking, dizziness, blurred vision, sweating, feeling anxious, nervous or jittery, headache, increase in heart rate. Venlafaxine can increase blood pressure and this should be monitored. Discuss any side effects you experience with your provider.

Venlafaxine Drug Interactions

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, such as linezolid, methylene blue, etc), increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a mild to life-threatening build up of serotonin in the system. Similarly, Venlafaxine can interact with other agents that affect serotonin in the brain, such as tricyclic antidepressants, certain pain medications, supplements that contain St. John's Wort or tryptophan. Be prepared to share all prescription and over the counter medications, as well as any other products you take, with your provider.
Prescription products require an online consultation with a healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate.

what to expect

a seamless experience with an online psychiatry provider.


Online psychiatric evaluation

Consult via video chat with an online psychiatry provider, who will evaluate you and assess whether medication is appropriate


Private, ongoing follow-ups and medication management

A few weeks after your first appointment, you’ll have your first follow-up to evaluate whether your treatment plan is working—all on your smartphone


Discreet shipping to your door

If prescribed, your medication will be shipped to your door in low-key packaging

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Frequently asked questions about Venlafaxine

how long does it take for Venlafaxine (generic for Effexor) to work?
Venlafaxine was shown to be effective as a treatment for major depressive disorder in clinical trials lasting 8-12 weeks and as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder in clinical trials lasting 8 weeks to 6 months. If you start taking Venlafaxine and do not feel any improvement in your condition, talk to your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking Venlafaxine without consulting your doctor.
does Venlafaxine cause hair loss?
Hair loss is not a generally recognized side effect of Venlafaxine. However, all medications carry a risk of new or unusual side effects. If you start taking Venlafaxine and notice a significant increase in hair loss, talk to your healthcare provider.

Important Safety Information

If you're in emotional distress, text HOME to connect with a counselor immediately
If you're having a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your local ER