Doctor´s column

Effexor keeps your mood bright and life worth living expert: David Klain 05/12/2011

Drugs influence on mood

In the times when life seems to be growing tougher on us every day, many of us become more vulnerable to its blows and therefore more likely to develop various sorts of neurotic disorders. Depression and anxiety are among the most common ones. Unfortunately, this does not mean ‘among the least dangerous.’

Depression is but the gravest foe of most young people. It holds about 90 percent of all suicides that happen in different parts of the globe. It is due to poor mood that we fail to concentrate on our work and therefore show poor performance. Sometimes, things get too far and there seems to be no option but to use medical instruments against depression.

Effexor (Venlanafaxine) is a kind of drug that is used to reduce neurotic conditions, such as anxiety, fear, depression, and panic attacks. It is not uncommon for healthy people to use it either, particularly for those dealing with stress-related mood disorders.

It has been estimated that about 10% of Americans suffer depression and anxiety and related conditions. As the occurrence of depression grows, so does the demand for Effexor ad other anti-depression drugs. Effexor exerts direct influence on the brain, as it stimulates the production of natural chemicals, which are responsible for balancing our mood.

Effexor appears to be more effective than SSRIs, since it alleviates symptoms of depression about 10% faster. What makes Effexor more effective than SSRIs is its ability to inhibit the reuptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine, while SSRIs block the reuptake of serotonine only. This dual action contributes to a much faster remission. Serotonine and norepinephrine are naturally occurring neurotransmitters, which are produced in the brain as messages pass from one neuron to another. When a message flows through a nerve, serotonin and norepinephrine are released by the cells. Receptors activate when receptive cells absorb these two neurotransmitters. The remaining serotonine or norepinephrine are absorbed (reuptaken) by the cells, which have just passed the single on to the following ones. The larger amount of these substances remain in the brain due to lower reuptake, the more actively our brain cells work and the less likely we are to feel depressed and gloomy. Thus, Effexor and Effexor XP increase the levels of both serotonin and norepinephrine and therefore speed up the transmission of impulses between brain cells. Higher neurotransmission activity reduces the possibility of depression, panic, anxiety, etc.

Effexor maintains neurotransmission levels in both healthy people who suffer stress-related anxiety and those suffering chronic neurotic disorders. Thus, it works both as a stimulant and an anti-depression drug. It reduces severe and in some cases life-threatening physical symptoms of panic attacks, such as shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, vomiting, etc.

Not infrequently, panic attacks result in fear of new panic attacks. Not uncommonly, people develop fear of places or circumstances, at which the attack has occurred. This can trigger a kind of chain reaction and evolve into agoraphobia, which is one of the most life-crippling phobic disorders. Therefore, the sooner an attack is alleviated or prevented, the less likely you are to develop a serious disease. Effexor and Effexor XP are good at preventing this kind of illness and actually making your life worth living.