Effexor XR comes in extended-release capsules. This medicine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that works by chemically solving the patients mood and behavior problems by restoring the balance of natural serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. It is most commonly used for treating depression, anxiety disorders, and panic disorder.
It is widely known that many antidepressants may worthen the patient's mental and emotional problems at the first stages of the treatment regimen, sometimes to the extent where a person who has never shown suicidal tendencies before therapy starts actively thinking about death. On the other hand, mental illnesses generally increase the risk of the patient committing suicide, especially if one leaves such a condition untreated. In any case, it would be useful to have a discussion with the doctor in charge regarding the risks and the benefits of an Effexor XR therapy course.
Those who are on Effexor XR must be closely monitors by their caregivers, family members or significant others. This is especially the case with patients under twenty since for them the risk is the strongest. The caregivers are supposed to regularly communicate with the patient's doctor, reporting all the unusual behaviors or mood swings and especially emotional situations that can indicate the patient is in a dire state.