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Can generic effexor(venlafaxine)be used for social anxiety

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Can generic effexor(venlafaxine)be used for social anxiety disorder or just the effexor Xr
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 7 years ago.
Effexor XR is the preparation that has the official FDA approval for social anxiety disorder. There is nothing that would prevent a physician from prescribing Effexor (the immediate release formulation) for this condition.

FDA approval means that the pharmaceutical company is legally allowed to market the drug for this particular condition. There is nothing illegal about a physician prescribing "off-lable" - i.e. prescribing a medication for a condition for which the drug is not FDA approved.

In the case of the immediate release formulation - the FDA has not been provided enough information to "prove" that it works for this condition. Since this formulation is generic - the brand manufacturer has no incentive to spend millions of dollar proving that it works in this condition.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Do you think Venlafaxine would be as good as EFFEXOR XR?
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 7 years ago.
There is no comparison data to answer that question. The blood levels with the immediate release formulation are more variable that the XR version. This is something you would have to discuss with your prescribing physician who has access to your complete history.
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