Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI); a bicyclic antidepressant. Venlafaxine is a racemic mixture of R
(PubChem CID 9795623
) and S
(PubChem CID 11846746
) stereoisomers, which have assay data in PubChem but its is unclear if these apply to the experimentally separated forms. Marketed formulations may contain venlafaxine hydrochloride (PubChem CID 62923
The major active metabolite of venlafaxine, desvenlafaxine
(O-desmethylvenlafaxine) has also been developed as a drug.
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