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Posted in Venlafaxine on 23rd March 2014

Can Effexor (venlafaxine) cause Diabetes?
I started a Effexor (venlafaxine) in late July for anxiety that was out of control. I have never taken any medication for this until it got worse. Thank God, I didn’t have depression. About 2 months ago I started noticing that my weight kept fluctuating up/down by 3-4 lbs, increased hunger meaning every time I ate a meal, 2 hrs later I was starving as if I hadn’t eaten all day. I also have been noticing an increase in blood pressure which I never had until I started Effexor. My blood pressure has always been below normal- normal 116/64 – 120/72. Now it’s been reading 135/88. I didn’t even see this kind of pressure when I had bad anxiety without meds. I have also been told that I am now borderline Diabetic 5.8! My blood sugars have always been in the normal range too. I have seen to my primary physician and an endocrinologist and none of them told me about these side effects! My anxiety is in control but now I have gained weight, my sugar levels are off, and my blood pressure is a little high too. What should or can I do?

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Answer by ranunculusviridis
From: Effexor Side Effects Center

Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Note: ***** are mine to denote the pertinent part which is, fortunately, RARE.

Metabolic and nutritional-Frequent: edema, weight gain; Infrequent: alkaline phosphatase increased, dehydration, hypercholesteremia, hyperglycemia, hyperlipemia, hypokalemia,

SGOT (AST) increased, SGPT (ALT) increased, thirst; *****Rare*****: alcohol intolerance, bilirubinemia, BUN increased, creatinine increased, *****diabetes mellitus*****, glycosuria, gout, healing abnormal, hemochromatosis, hypercalcinuria, hyperkalemia, hyperphosphatemia, hyperuricemia, hypocholesteremia, hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, hypophosphatemia, hypoproteinemia, uremia.

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