Venlafaxine is an anti-depressant medication. This psychiatric medication is usually prescribed to patients who are struggling with depression, especially those who are unable to function normally because of chronically depressed moods or those who are suicidal. The medication changes the chemical makeup of the brain in order to correct chemical imbalances and improve moods.
Patients who are on this medication may have suicidal thoughts or feelings and may attempt to harm themselves, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. Adolescents and young adults are at greater risk than older people, but all patients should be monitored for signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Since this medication changes brain chemistry, it can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking it. If you miss a dose, make it up as soon as you remember unless it is getting near time for your next dose. If you want to stop taking the medication, talk to your doctor about how to safely withdraw from it.