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Venlafaxine

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 690 reviews

Course Summary

Venlafaxine is an antidepressant medication with potent inhibitors of neuronal serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake and weak dopamine reuptake inhibitors. Antidepressant medications such as venlafaxine are considered first-line treatments for patients with moderate to severe major depressive disorder. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors have been approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of major depressive disorders in adults and is now commonly used in many other countries. Venlafaxine is marketed in both immediate and extended release formulas, and has been reported to be associated with better response rates when compared to other antidepressants with higher discontinuation outcomes.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Pharmacological Profile

1.         Category

2.         Mechanism of Action

3.         Drug Uses

4.         Available Forms

5.         Dosing: Adult

6.         Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric Patients

7.         Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment

8.         Dosing Adjustment: Rental Impairment

9.         US Boxed Warning

10.     Contraindications

11.     Adverse Effects

12.     Warnings

13.     Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

14.     Drug Interactions

III.         Clinical Pearls: Venlafaxine

IV.          Venlafaxine Overdose

V.            Case Study

1.   Discussion

VI.          Summary

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