Effexor Withdrawal

Effexor withdrawal side effects may result in injury lawsuits being filed by patients. Contact an Effexor attorney to explore your compensation options.

Although most people think about the dangers of taking Effexor when they hear about Effexor side effects, there is also a significant potential for the discontinuation of Effexor (venlafaxine) to cause serious side effects among patients. Effexor withdrawal or "discontinuation" symptoms typically occur within 36-48 hours after the drug is discontinued or the drug dose is reduced, although delayed withdrawal reactions have been reported to occur upon one week after discontinuation. Although there is not a specifically recognized Effexor withdrawal syndrome, many of the withdrawal effects exhibited in Effexor patients mirror those seen in SSRI discontinuation syndrome. The three primary risk factors for developing withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing an SNRI antidepressant like Effexor are: long duration of antidepressant treatment, abrupt withdrawal from the SNRI, and withdrawing from SNRIs with short half-lives. If you have stopped taking the antidepressant Effexor and have since suffered from one or more withdrawal symptoms, contact an Effexor attorney for legal guidance.


Effexor Withdrawal Side Effects

Effexor and other SNRI antidepressants are believed to cause side effects indicative of Effexor withdrawal in patients who abruptly stop taking the medication. The side effects a patient may experience when discontinuing Effexor treatment are not related to addiction, but rather to the body struggling to adapt to the absence of a chemical that it has become used to being present. Common symptoms of Effexor withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Shock-like sensations
  • Vivid dreams
  • Diarrhea

Due to this potential for Effexor withdrawal side effects to occur, patients are strongly advised to follow the treatment plan put in place by their physicians in order to safely and gradually reduce Effexor use. By following the advice of their healthcare professional, patients can minimize their risk of suffering from Effexor withdrawal side effects.


Additional Effexor Side Effects and FDA Warnings

In addition to the risk of causing withdrawal symptoms, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of Effexor in pregnant patients, due to the risk for serious birth defects to occur. Although the majority of antidepressant side effect studies have concentrated on SSRIs, the similarities between these drugs and SNRIs like Effexor may allow experts to examine these studies in order to evaluate the adverse effects of fetal exposure to Effexor and other SNRIs. Among the birth defects potentially linked to Effexor are persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), neural tube birth defects, heart defects, anal atresia, omphalocele, craniosynostosis, cleft lip, cleft palate and limb defects. In light of this birth defect risk, the FDA has classified Effexor as a pregnancy category C medication, which means it may cause serious fetal harm when taken during pregnancy.


Effexor Attorneys for Withdrawal Side Effects

The side effects associated with Effexor withdrawal can severely alter a patient's quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered from one or more serious side effects, which you believe to be linked to Effexor withdrawal, contact an Effexor attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing an Effexor lawsuit against Effexor maker Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Pfizer, Inc. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held responsible for the resulting consequences. By hiring an experienced Effexor lawyer to represent your case, you can protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.

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