My doctor has prescribed 37.5mg a day for chronic pain and I can't see it being used to much for this, I have been diagnosed with ME, and psychiatrist says I am not depressed or anxious so I am wondering if this is right?
Yes, this does make sense. Though this drug is indicated for depression, it is not like many other antidpressants. Most medicines for depression only affect seratonin while venlafaxine addect both seratonin and norepinephrine. The effects of norepinephrine may help with neuropathic pain (nerve pain).
This use is not approved by the FDA however it is an off label indication.
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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