Common Brands Effexor, Effexor XR
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Shifali Patel, PharmD
Shifali Patel, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Shifali Patel, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Effexor, known by its generic name venlafaxine, is a medication commonly used to treat various mental health conditions. It belongs to the class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). 

Effexor is available in different forms, including immediate-release tablets, extended-release capsules (Effexor XR), and oral suspension, to cater to individual patient needs.

Forms of Effexor

Effexor is available in different pharmaceutical forms, each designed to cater to specific patient needs:

Immediate-Release Tablets

Immediate-release tablets are often prescribed for conditions like generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. These tablets are typically taken two to three times a day, depending on the prescribed dosage.

Extended-Release Capsules (Effexor XR)

Effexor XR, the extended-release formulation, offers the convenience of once-daily dosing. It is particularly suitable for individuals with conditions like major depressive disorder. The extended-release capsules ensure a gradual release of the medication throughout the day, maintaining consistent therapeutic levels.

Oral Suspension

An oral suspension form of Effexor is available for individuals who may have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules. This form provides an alternative option for administration.

Effexor’s versatility in terms of dosage forms allows healthcare providers to tailor treatment plans to the unique needs and preferences of each patient.



Prescription only

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