Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for generalized anxiety disorder

Wyeth reps will soon promote Effexor XR (venlafaxine) for generalized anxiety disorder.

It's the first antidepressant approved specifically for anxiety.

But this isn't a big surprise. SSRI antidepressants are often used for other anxiety disorders...panic disorder, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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