venlafaxine, Effexor XR (Effexor has been discontinued in the US)

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GENERIC NAME: venlafaxine

BRAND NAME: Effexor XR

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Effexor, in the US

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used for treating depression. Other drugs in this class include milnacipran (Savella), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Venlafaxine affects neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves within the brain make and release in order to communicate with one another. Neurotransmitters either travel across the space between nerves, attach to receptors on the surface of nearby nerves, or they attach to receptors on the surface of the nerves that produced them, to be taken up by the nerve and released again (a process referred to as re-uptake).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2015



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