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Dry hacking cough, sore throat. On effexor XR. Done endoscopy. On venlafaxine. Is it a side effect?

Venlafaxine..has anyone on this medication had a dry hacking cough, sore throat from all the coughing or constant clearing of the throea? I was on Effexor XR and had to make the change over. After about 3 mo. I started a dry cough and throat clearing. Sometimes it is so bad that I lose my voice. I have had endoscopy, testing for acid reflux, allergy tests and they are all negative. It has to be this med. This has been going on for 2 yrs.'

Asked On : Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

Effexor XR contains Venlafaxine. You have not mentioned whether you changed over to Venlafaxine or some other alternative, 3 months back.

if you had switched over from Effexor XR to Venlafafine, well..both are same drugs.

Increased dry cough is an adverse effect of Venlafaxime in some patients. It can also be due to allergic cough (due to unknown food or particles in the atmosphere), despite allergy tests being negative.

You may consult your doctor, who will switch over to an alternative drug. If dry cough doesn't disappear even after switching over to the alternative drug, you will need to undergo allergy test once again.

Have a good health.

Dr. R Karanwal
Answered: Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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