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About this Medication
  • Brand Name: Effexor (U.S. and Canada)
  • Chemical Name: venlafaxine (ven-la-FAX-een)
  • Usage in MS: Depression
  • Generic Available: No


Venlafaxine is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. It belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) that work by increasing the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain.

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