Venlafaxine is an antidepressant forming part of the class of drugs known as serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs inhibit the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain.
They are closely related to SSRIs, although the latter only inhibit the reuptake of serotonin. Venlafaxine is prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders, neuralgia and hot flushes during the menopause.
Venlafaxine and the benefit of DNA analysis
The rate at which venlafaxine is processed within your body varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of venlafaxine can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes.
Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Also known as
Efexor, Effexor, Elafax, Venlafaxina, Venlafaxinum