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How can I minimize the side effects of Effexor?

You can minimize the possible side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) by working with your doctor to take the smallest effective dose for you. The bigger the dose, the greater the likelihood you might develop side effects.

Many side effects of Effexor are worse when you first start taking Effexor; often they'll get better with time or even go away. Nausea and dizziness, two common side effects, tend to become less of a problem within six weeks of starting Effexor. (Other symptoms, such as abnormal ejaculation and dry mouth, may not get better with continued therapy.)

If you have any side effect that bothers you or doesn't go away, tell your doctor. He may adjust your dose or prescribe a different medication.

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