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What should I know before my child uses Effexor?

Effexor (venlafaxine), a prescription drug for depression, is not approved for children under age 18 -- although in some cases a doctor may decide it's the best drug for a child’s condition.

If your child is prescribed Effexor, you should know that a small number of children and teens, as well as young adults up to age 24, become suicidal after taking it. So pay close attention to any changes in your child’s mood, such as new or worsening depression, suicidal thoughts or plans, extreme worry, agitation, panic attacks, trouble falling or staying asleep, aggressive behavior, irritability, restlessness and abnormal excitement.

If your child experiences any of these symptoms after taking Effexor, call your doctor right away. Make sure that everyone who takes care of your child is aware of these possible symptoms and knows to call the doctor if they develop.

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