Efexor XR 150mg Capsules 28


Drug Name: venlafaxine
Our Price $18.50
PBS $19.82
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Efexor XR 150mg Capsules 28

Efexor XR 150mg Capsules 28

Product ID: 3969

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information



What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Efexor-XR capsules. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist or asking questions.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Efexor-XR against the expected benefits it will have for you.

If you have any questions about Efexor-XR, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your Efexor-XR capsules.

You may need to read it again.

What Efexor-XR is for

The name of your medicine is Efexor-XR. It contains the active ingredient called venlafaxine hydrochloride.

Efexor-XR capsules are used in the treatment of depression.

Depression can affect your whole body and may cause emotional and physical symptoms such as feeling low in spirit, being unable to enjoy life, poor appetite or overeating, disturbed sleep, loss of sex drive, lack of energy and feeling guilty over nothing. It is a treatable illness.

Efexor-XR capsules belong to a new class of medications for depression called Serotonin-Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs).

Serotonin and noradrenaline are chemical messengers that allow certain nerves in the brain to work. Efexor-XR capsules increase the level of these two messengers. Experts think this is how it helps to restore your feeling of wellness.

Your doctor may have prescribed Efexor-XR capsules for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Efexor-XR capsules has been prescribed for you.

Before you use Efexor-XR

Before you start to take Efexor-XR

You must tell your doctor if:

* you are taking any other medicines, including any medicines that you have bought from a pharmacy or supermarket

Your doctor must know all of the following before you start to take Efexor-XR:

* if you have a history of fits (seizures or convulsions)

* if you have blood pressure problems

* if you have or have had problems with your heart, kidneys or liver

* if you are breastfeeding

* if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant

* if you have any other medical conditions.

- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take any other medicines, including:

* other medications for depression known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, even if you have stopped taking them now, but have taken them within the last 14 days. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.

- Do not start to take any other medicine unless prescribed or approved by your doctor. This includes medicines you can buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

When you must not use Efexor-XR (discuss with your doctor):

1. If you have allergies to:

* Efexor-XR or Efexor

* any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Some symptoms of an allergic reaction to Efexor-XR include:

* Skin rash

* Hives

2. If you are taking other medications for depression, even if you have stopped taking them now, but have taken them within the last 14 days.

3. Efexor-XR should not be taken by children (your doctor will advise you if there is a special reason to use it).

Using Efexor-XR

How to take Efexor-XR

The usual recommended starting dose is 75 mg, given once daily. If necessary the dose may be increased by your doctor to 150 mg once daily. If required, the dose can be further increased up to 225 mg, given once daily.

Efexor-XR should be taken once daily, at approximately the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening.

Take Efexor-XR capsules with food.

Swallow Efexor-XR capsules with a glass of water or other liquid. Do not divide, crush, chew or place the capsules in water.

Sometimes your doctor may increase this dose if you have not improved enough. Use the exact amount your doctor tells you
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