Effexor (Ventafoxine ) is a realitively new psysoactive medication, which might be helpful to improve depressed mood, decrease anxiety, and fight fatigue.
Effexor is different from typical antidepressents. It works by increasing the activity of certain neurotransmiters in the brain. In the brain, Effexor is split into several metabolites or chemcial “pieces” of the orginal drug. The most important of these is ODV, which increases the activity of the hormone, epinephrine, and inhibits the neurotransmitter related to sleep, seritonin. As a result, the person feels more energised both in terms of overall alertness and mood.
The main indications for the effects of Effexor are depression, and general anxiety. Depressive symptoms treated by Effexor include : depressed mood, decreased sense of pleasure, quick changes of weight and apetitite, and sleep disturbances. The anxiety symptoms treated by Effexor include : intense fears and worries, and at least three of the the following six symptoms: restelessness or feelings of rage, fatigue, difficulties with concentration, mind going blank, irritablity, muscle tention, and of course, sleep problems.
After the course of Effexor or Effexor XR (extended release), depression reduces and anxiety decreases. Side effects are mild, but still very important to remember. These include, but are not limited to: increased blood pressure and weight loss. Some persons react with insomnia or nervousness. Effexor, as with any psycoactive medication, can be a great help, but it should be used with caution and under careful supervision from your doctor.