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Effexor Lawsuits

Have you taken Effexor and discovered that you or your baby has had an adverse reaction or suffered serious side effects. If this is true, the wise thing to do may be to call a personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. Effexor was first introduced by Wyeth in 1993. It is now marketed by Pfizer.

Why is Effexor Used?

Effexor is licensed and used for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Major depressive disorder is a severe, ongoing depression. This type of depression is also referred to as major depression, clinical depression and unipolar depression. The term "unipolar" refers to only one pole, or one extreme mood, which is a depressed mood. This is in contrast to bipolar disorder, which has two poles. One is the pole of depression, but the other is the pole of mania.

Effexor is also used in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Generalized anxiety disorder is the term that is used for an anxiety disorder that involves excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about everyday things. This is anxiety and worry that is not proportionate to the actual source of worry.

In addition, Effexor is used for treatment when there are comorbid indications in certain other anxiety disorders with depression. In medicine, comorbidity is either the presence of one or more diseases or disorders where there is a primary disease or disorder, or it is the effect of such additional diseases or disorders.

How Effexor Works

Effexor works on two of the specific chemicals in the human brain, which are called serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin and norepinephrine are two of several chemicals that send messages from one nerve cell to another.

When a message goes down a nerve, it causes the end of the cell to release norepinephrine or serotonin. Then, the norepinephrine or serotonin goes into the gap between the first nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough of the chemical reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell and the message keeps on going along its way. The first cell then rapidly absorbs any of the chemical that stays in the gap between the two cells. This is referred to as "reuptake."

When things are going like they should, this process functions without any difficulties. However, when the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine become unbalanced, a variety of disorders may result, which includes depression.

The way that Effexor works is to block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine in order that more remains in the space between the two nerve cells. What this does is give the norepinephrine and serotonin a better opportunity to activate the receptors on the next nerve cell in the brain.

Possible Side Effects of Effexor

The problem is that serious side effects have been reported with the use of Effexor. These include:

  • Birth defects
  • Suicide, suicidal behavior, suicidal attempts
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Poor motor skills

If you took Effexor and you or your baby has suffered any of these serious side effects, you really should call a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.