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Venlafaxine, sold under the brand name Effexor is an antidepressant drug licensed for depression and anxiety.[1][2]

One off-white capsule and one dark red capsule
Effexor brand of venlafaxine

Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI), which is the same class of drug as duloxetine (cymbalta).[3]

Venlafaxine and pain[edit | edit source]

Box of generic venlafaxine capsules

Venlafaxine has been investigated for use for treating nerve pain (neuropathic pain) in people without depression, but evidence is generally weak.[4]

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  1. "Venlafaxine Uses, Dosage & Side Effects". Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. FDA Research Center for Drug Evaluation and (November 3, 2018). "Venlafaxine (marketed as Effexor) Information". FDA.
  3. FDA (2017). "Venlafaxine label" (PDF). Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  4. Aiyer, Rohit; Barkin, Robert L.; Bhatia, Anurag (October 1, 2017). "Treatment of Neuropathic Pain with Venlafaxine: A Systematic Review". Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.). 18 (10): 1999–2012. doi:10.1093/pm/pnw261. ISSN 1526-4637. PMID 27837032.