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Desvenlafaxine

Uses

This medication is prescribed to treat and manage depression.

IUPAC name: 4-[2-(dimethylamino)-1-(1-hydroxycyclohexyl)ethyl]phenol

Drug class: Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI)

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This drug works by inhibiting neuronal reuptake of serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain. As a result, the levels of these neurotransmitters increase, helping in the restoration and maintenance of mental stability and helping in regulating mood.

Side effects

It may cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, dry mouth, insomnia (sleeplessness), loss of appetite, sweating, tiredness, yawning, constipation, weight loss, blurred vision.

Warnings

Avoid abruptly discontinuing this medication without first talking to your doctor.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or to other SNRIs (including venlafaxine and duloxetine), or if you have other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of cardiac disease (heart attack, congestive heart failure, hypertension), kidney problems, liver disease, glaucoma, hypertension (high blood pressure), seizures, high cholesterol, mental disorders (such as bipolar disorder, eating disorder), bleeding issues, stroke, low level of sodium in the blood,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Use of this medication may cause hypertension (high blood pressure).

Use of this medication may cause angle-closure glaucoma (a type of eye problem). Consult your doctor about an eye exam.

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults and children.

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

Use of this drug is not recommended while breastfeeding.

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