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Review: could Effexor xr cause Seizures?





Summary: Seizures is reported only by a few people who take Effexor xr.

We study 20,396 people who have side effects while taking Effexor xr from FDA and social media. Find out below who they are, when they have Seizures and more.

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Effexor xr

Effexor xr has active ingredients of venlafaxine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Effexor xr 21,844 users)

Seizures

Seizures (abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain) has been reported by people with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy.(latest reports from Seizures 2,052 patients)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 20,396 people reported to have side effects when taking Effexor xr. Among them, 1 people (0.00%) has Seizures.

Trend of Seizures in Effexor xr reports

Time on Effexor xr when people have Seizures * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Seizures0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Seizures when taking Effexor xr * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Seizures0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Severity of Seizures when taking Effexor xr ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Seizures0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Seizures ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Anxiety (1 people, 100.00%)
  2. Seizures (1 people, 100.00%)
  3. Seizures (1 people, 100.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ativan (1 people, 100.00%)
  2. Clonazepam (1 people, 100.00%)
  3. Dilantin (1 people, 100.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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