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Effexor (venlafaxine) [SNRI]
Effexor is the most commonly prescribed medication in the category of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It has been used in the treatment of major depression for many years and has recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder.
SNRIs are typically prescribed as a second option after SSRIs have not been effective or tolerated well. They function by affecting the amounts of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in the body as well as their uptake in the brain. Effexor is reported to be effective among many SAD patients, though other patients do not find Effexor to be useful. Common side effects include insomnia and sexual dysfunction.
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