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Is there a generic version of Effexor XR?

In June of 2010, the Food and Drug Administration approved a generic equivalent called venlafaxine hydrochloride ER, which is available as capsules and tablets. 

Effexor XR is a long acting capsule that contains the active ingredient venlafaxine. There is a generic version available called venlafaxine XR that comes in tablet form and is made by Osmotica Pharma/Upstate Pharmaceuticals. However, this medication is technically not equivalent to Effexor XR and is FDA approved only for the treatment of depression and social anxiety disorder; it is not approved for generalized anxiety disorder or for panic disorder.   For some people, switching to venlafaxine XR tablets may be a good, cost-saving alternative. However, because the medication is not equivalent to Effexor XR, you will need a new prescription from your doctor or healthcare provider. Although the venlafaxine XR tablet is approved by the FDA, you may want to call your pharmacies in your area to make sure you can find a pharmacy that stocks this product.

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