Successfully treating anxiety can be complicated, but when the patient, family, and doctor work together, what was once complicated becomes much easier. Often patients may not recognize that there is an issue until someone else expresses concern. Many people falsely feel that they should be able to work through any stressful circumstances on their own. While occasional anxiety is typical, persistent, or overwhelming bouts that cause emotional or physical distress can be one of the ailments that make up an anxiety disorder.
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Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or specific phobias all fall under the umbrella term of an Anxiety Disorder. Treatment for any of these issues can include both medications and therapy. While many patients have a hard time understanding how these disorders can adversely affect their health, the dangers are genuine. Not only can anxiety make you sick emotionally, but it can also affect your health as well as your relationships with others. Finding the right treatment is crucial to regaining control over your life and feeling more like yourself.
Who Is Effexor for?
Several medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of an anxiety disorder, Effexor (Venlafaxine) is one of them. Generally thought of as an antidepressant, Effexor can also be useful for treating an anxiety disorder. In the extended-release form, practitioners have found that Effexor was very successful in treating the most common anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety.
How Does Effexor Work?
Effexor is an SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant. It is used to help balance serotonin and norepinephrine (chemical messengers) in the brain to decrease nervousness, agitation, and symptoms of depression, as well as to increase energy.
As a message travels down a nerve in the brain, it causes the end of the cell to release serotonin or norepinephrine. The chemicals then enter the gap between the first and second nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough serotonin or norepinephrine reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell, and the message continues to move along. The first cell then quickly absorbs any serotonin or norepinephrine that remains in the gap between the cells. This process is called “reuptake.”
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When the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety. Effexor helps to block the reuptake of the serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the nerve cells giving the chemicals a better chance of activating the receptors on the next nerve cell.
Effexor is available as both a short-acting and an extended-release medication. Although this is an effective treatment, people typically need to take Effexor for several weeks before the full benefits can be felt. As with most antidepressant medications, children and elderly patients may be more susceptible to the side effects, so it should only be used with caution in either population.
Side Effects of Effexor
Generally, Effexor is well tolerated in patients with no side effects reported, or if they have a mild side effect, it typically lasts a few days to a few weeks and then goes away. However, in rare cases, some effects may be difficult enough to interfere with daily activities.
Common side effects include:
- Increased anxiety
- Blurred vision
- Decreased sexual desire or impotence
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Loss of appetite stomach problems or constipation
How to Get Effexor Prescribed in San Francisco?
Individuals who have unnatural bouts of anxiety can have access to such medications as Effexor. To be evaluated, patients should contact their medical healthcare providers. During the visit, a complete history will be taken, and a medical exam will be performed to rule out any conditions that could be making the symptoms of anxiety worse. Once completed, the physician will determine the need for medication as well as any additional therapy such as counseling. Often, both treatments are used together to get the best results.
While many people have a hard time recognizing that their anxiety is at a dangerous level, others typically do. Working together with the patient as well as a loved one will help patients to achieve the best results.
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If you live in the San Francisco area and are ready to seek treatment, EZCare Clinic is here to work with you. Our team of caring professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve all your healthcare goals. Not only do our patients have access to the best medications for their condition, counseling, and therapy services are also available as well.
EZCare Clinic is open from 11 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday. While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome. Stop by today and start the road from treatment to recovery. Living a normal life is just around the corner.