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Effexor (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) is prescribed for the treatment of severe mental depression and certain anxiety disorders. Effexor was first approved in 1993; along with the once-a-day Effexor XR, it now generates $2.1 billion in annual sales for Wyeth, making it the company’s biggest selling drug.
Effexor has been connected with suicide, suicidal thoughts and actions and incidents of self-harm.
In March 2004, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory that provides further cautions to physicians, their patients, and families and caregivers of patients about the need to closely monitor both adults and children with depression, especially at the beginning of treatment, or when the doses are changed with either an increase or decrease in the dose. In a study of Effexor XR’s use against major depression, 2 percent of the children reported thoughts about suicide, versus none in a comparison group getting a placebo.
Additionally, 2 percent displayed hostility, more than double the rate in those getting the placebo. In a study of patients under 18 with generalized anxiety disorder, 1 percent displayed abnormal or changed behavior; none did so in the comparison group.
Effexor Birth Defects
Many antidepressants are known causes of birth defects. If you took an antidepressant during pregnancy, and your child was born with a birth defect, you may want to learn more about Effexor birth defects.
If you or your loved one has suffered an Effexor injury, contact us today. Submit the form to the right and we’ll let you know if you have a case and if we can represent you.