Posted by mercedes on July 18, 2003, at 2:42:26
In reply to Effexor XR for menopause?, posted by rdeoldy2 on July 17, 2003, at 19:14:24
Never heard of effexor being prescribed for hot flashes but it may be. Anyway, I was curious because I too had a hysterectomy about 6 years ago and took premarin for about 4 yrs then stopped it altogether when the hot flashes stopped and when the news came out that premarin may be linked to cancer, etc. etc.
So I pulled out the information that comes with my effexor xr. I order my meds from Medcohealth (mail order) and this is what it says about the use of effexor xr caps, first of all it says the standard drug name is venlafaxine but the prescription name is Effexor XR. (The last paragraph may apply to you, I don't know.) Here goes:
"What is Venlafaxine?
Venlafaxine is an antidepressant medication. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.
Venlafaxine is used to releive symptoms of depression such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt; loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; tiredness; sleeping too much; insomnia; and thoughts of death or suicide. Venlafaxine is also used to releive symtoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
Venlafaxine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide."
It might be a good idea to do more research on it. If I have time, I'll look it up. OH, the one thing I wanted to mention is that one of the side effects of effexor is 'sweating'. I think alot of us have the sweating SE. Hot flashes and sweating...Yiks! Whatever you do, don't stop taking it until you consult your Dr. Good Luck and let's see of anyone else comments.
> This is my 4th day on Effexor, 75mg. I am not depressed, but had a hysterectomy when I was 24 and have really bad hot flashes from it. I was on Celexa for the hot flashes, but it stopped working so I was switched to Effexor. I was wondering if anyone else is taking it for his reason?