Venlafaxine is an antidepressant. It belongs to the SSNRI (selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) class of drugs. Venlafaxine uses include treating depression, anxiety disorders, and panic disorder. Doctors sometimes use it to treat hot flashes in menopausal women as well.
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If you live with depression, it's important to tell your doctor about any change in symptoms, particularly if you feel especially sad or hopeless, have become addicted to drugs or alcohol, or are having suicidal thoughts. Your doctor can begin or change your treatment to help you manage depression.
Genetic testing to determine treatment, or pharmacogenomics, is a form of "personalized medicine" that uses genetic information to determine which medications will be most effective for an individual person. This could help find the best antidepressants for anxiety treatment and depression treatment.