Effexor is from a class of drugs known as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). It is an antidepressant used to treat patients suffering from depression. It helps to improve your energy level and mood; thus, restoring your interest in daily life. It helps to restore the balance of natural chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain that may not be balanced in people who suffer from acute depression.
This medication is effective in treating major anxiety, panic, and depressive disorder. You might have suicidal thoughts when you first start taking an antidepressant. Keep a close eye on changes in your symptoms or mood. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any new or worsening symptoms such as anxiety, behavior or mood changes, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, or if you feel irritable, impulsive, hostile, agitated, restless, aggressive, more depressed, hyperactive, or have thoughts about hurting yourself or suicide.