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Brand name: Efexor-XR

Efexor-XR contains the active ingredient venlafaxaine hydrochloride. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Efexor-XR belongs to group of medicines called Serotonin-Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs are believed to increase the levels of two chemicals in the brain: serotonin and noradrenaline.

Too little serotonin and noradrenaline can cause physical and emotional problems such as feeling low, losing interest in activities and life, losing your appetite, having uncontrollable worry, having trouble sleeping and having low energy levels.

Efexor-XR is used to treat depression, panic attacks and anxiety.

Efexor-XR comes as capsules. They should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew, divide or dissolve the capsules.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: venlafaxine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Efexor-XR 37.5 mg modified release capsule, 28

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

EFEXOR-XR is indicated for the treatment of: Major depression, including prevention of relapse and recurrence where appropriate; Generalised anxiety disorder; Social Anxiety Disorder; and Panic Disorder, including prevention of relapse

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Grey cap/peach body with a 'W' printed on the cap and "37.5" on the body in red ink.

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Dosage Form Capsule, modified release
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
14 Capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
28 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There are 2 types of pack available. You'll need to identify which type of pack you have in order to use this information.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
Pack type 2
Pack type 2
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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