Some of the most common side effects include:
- Decreased sex drive or difficulty with orgasm
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Abdominal pain
- Weight gain
Most of these common side effect will resolve with continued use, but you should always let your healthcare provider know if you experience any side effects.
You should be aware that these are not all of the possible side effects associated with venlafaxine. Like most medications, venlafaxine can cause serious drug interactions and adverse reactions that you should understand before taking it for hot flashes. If you choose to complete an online visit through Rory, your Rory-affiliated physician will be available to discuss side effects with you. For more about safety, including the boxed warning for increased suicidal thoughts in people under 25, please read the important safety information.