I read that Effexor is for depression and Effexor XR is for anxiety and depression. I know Effexor XR is slow release but is one better then other?
Hi, Tina! The difference is that venlafaxine immediate release is taken 2-3x daily and Effexor XR and venlafaxine XR are only taken once daily.
They are both prescribed for major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, and specifically generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Some people feel that the generic versions don't work as well as the brand name but all formulations contain exactly the same medication.
Best regards, Wildcat
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