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Effexor Antidepressant Recalled By Pfizer

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The widely used antidepressant, Effexor has been voluntarily recalled by Pfizer Inc., because it has the potential to be contaminated with a heart drug. The interaction between both drugs could prove fatal.

The recall involves the following prescription medications:

1 lot, 30-count – Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCI) 150-mg extended-release capsules

1 lot, 90-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150-mg extended-release capsules

1 lot, 90-count Greenstone LLC-branded venlafaxine HCl 150-mg extended-release capsules.

The Pfizer lot numbers are V130142 and V130140, which both expire in October 2015, and Greenstone lot number is V130014, which expires in August 2015.

According to the company, other bottles are not likely to be compromised and the recall is a precautionary measure. However the drug Tikosyn (dofetilide), used to treat atrial fibrillation, may be found in one bottle of Effexor.

If patients experience any of the following symptoms they are urged seek medical attention: abnormal or fast heartbeat or if they feel faint or dizzy.

Stericycle should be called with any questions about returning the product at 888-345-0481. While questions regarding the recall should be directed to Pfizer at 800-438-1985.

Adverse reactions with this medication, or any other, should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program which you can access online.