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In 1993, Effexor (venlafaxine) was the first serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant on the market. The drug now carries a “black box” warning. A "black box" warning is issued to drugs that might cause suicidal thoughts. "Black box" is the sternest warning by the FDA that a medication can carry and still remain on the market in the United States.

Approved by the FDA to treat depression, panic disorders, and anxiety, Effexor is also sometimes given to women during menopause or undergoing breast cancer treatments to relieve hot flashes. Diabetic neuropathy and migraines are other conditions for which the drug is prescribed. In 2007 alone, 17.2 million prescriptions for Effexor were dispensed despite its “black box" warning.    

If you are taking Effexor and are concerned about possible side effects, please consult with your doctor about the potential risks. If you or a family member have taken prescription drugs and suffered any serious side effects, it is important to find legal representation with a history of standing up to pharmaceutical companies. Contact the attorneys at Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys today at 1-800-229-7989 for a free consultation.