What is venlafaxine?

Venlafaxine is in a class of drugs called antidepressants. Venlafaxine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety.

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

Venlafaxine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.