Anxiously Awaited News: Antidepressant Effectively Relieves Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
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Participants were allowed to increase or decrease their dose as needed,
depending on their reaction to the drug. About 20% of the patients in the trial
suffered nausea, the most common side effect, and patients taking monoamine
oxidase inhibitors for depression should avoid Effexor XR because of the danger
of drug interaction.
At the end of study, which was sponsored by Wyeth-Ayerst, the drug's
manufacturer, tests to measure anxiety showed that those taking Effexor XR were
much improved over the six-month period. Although some patients had improvement
in anxiety symptoms shortly after beginning to take the drug, the majority of
patients experienced improvements after taking the drug for two months.
Stephen Stahl, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of
California, San Diego, says that the study findings should send a clear message
to generalized anxiety sufferers who may be tempted to give up early in
treatment: "You can get much better from [generalized anxiety] ... if you
- 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