Effexor is more commonly known as the drug Venlafaxine.  It is an anti-depression, general anxiety medication that works by blocking certain receptor sites in the brain for the neurotransmitters (serotonin or epinephrine).  It has been used successfully since its introduction but the side effects on unborn children have been unknown.  Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put out a warning for birthing mothers using Effexor. 

Adverse Side Effects of Effexor

Mothers carrying children in the last trimester have reported birthing complications from the use of Effexor.  Respiratory and digestion problems are common among Venlafaxine related infant injuries.  If you are pregnant and have a prescription for Effexor, notify your physician immediately.  Another side effect in patients with major depression is worsening of symptoms, including the emergence of suicidal thoughts. 

Current Status of Effexor

Effexor has shown to be very effective for treating patients with depression and shows no other serious side effects.  However, the FDA has issued a revised warning label to help prevent any further birthing complications. 

If you or your child has suffered injuries due to Effexor, contact a doctor immediately.  You may also want to contact an experienced products liability lawyer.  A products liability lawyer can help you recover damages for you or your child?s injuries.