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What should I know about desvenlafaxine?

Before taking desvenlafaxine, make sure that you know how to properly take the medication and that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Carefully read all directions and ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you have. Be aware that this medication may increase suicidal tendencies in some users, particularly children and teenagers.

Inform your doctor immediately if you begin having suicidal thoughts after taking it. Do not combine this drug with MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors, St. John's Wort, any fenfluramine derivatives, tryptophan, nefazodone, methylene blue or any drug containing venlafaxine or desvenlafaxine. Other drugs may also interact, so tell your doctor about everything you take. This drug can complicate existing mental disorders or mood disorders, seizure disorders, any heart problem or history of heart attack, stroke, any blood or bleeding problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver or kidney problems, lung problems, intestinal or stomach bleeding, low blood sodium levels or increased eye pressure.

You should not take this drug if you are having electroconvulsive therapy, dehydrated, drink alcohol or have a history of substance abuse. Do not suddenly stop taking this drug, as serious side effects may occur. This drug may affect your vision or make you sleepy or dizzy. Desvenlafaxine can cause two potentially deadly syndromes called serotonin syndrome and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Watch out for the signs and symptoms of these syndromes. This drug may cause harm to developing fetuses or nursing babies.

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