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Anxiously Awaited News: Antidepressant Effectively Relieves Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

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  • Researchers are showing that the antidepressant Effexor XR gives long-term relief from generalized anxiety disorder, a mental health condition that makes people feel constantly worried over everyday problems. It affects about 5% of Americans today, and two in three patients are women.
  • Test subjects receiving the drug did better after six months than those not getting it, leading an observer to say that patients should be willing to stick with this therapy in order to get good long-term results.
  • Patients tend to have generalized anxiety for life but can benefit after taking Effexor XR for two months. Some patients can't use this medicine because it can cause side effects like nausea and can have bad interactions with other drugs.

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