Venlafaxine is an antidepressant. Discontinuation of therapy may be associated with a withdrawal syndrome.
Effects: inhibition of serotonin reuptake and inhibitor of norepinephrine
(1) abrupt discontinuation following long-term therapy, even with low doses
(2) new onset of a variety of signs and symptoms
(3) exclusion of alternative explanations
(4) gradual resolution if no venlafaxine given or rapid resolution if drug restarted
Signs and symptoms may include:
(1) disturbed sleep
(5) positional vertigo
(7) light headedness
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