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Can effexor (venlafaxine) help reduce anxiety as well as help ocd symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) is as effective in several forms of anxiety. The FDA recommends dosages similar to those for depression , but for both OCD and for the anxiety disorders clinical practice suggests dosages higher that depression; often 50% or more. Dosage is raised carefully: use of both clinical assessment and anxiety rating scales to assess progress. Progress takes patience.
Answered on Sep 13, 2015

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