Venlafaxine

(Efexor XL®, Venlafaxine)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets, Modified-Release Tablets, Modified-Release Capsules
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
Yes - unlicensed
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
No
Available as granules?
No
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
No
Available as an injection?
No
Available as nasal/oral spray?
No
Safe or appropriate to crush
Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest that it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication. Modified release products should not be crushed.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Venlafaxine
Usual formulation brand names
Efexor XL®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes
Modified release
Yes
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
-
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Special
Are specials or imports available?
Special
Liquid strengths
37.5mg/5ml, 75mg/5ml
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Yes - some check with manufactures
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Modified release products should not be crushed. . Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer none M/R products via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Notes
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