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(selective serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor) any one of a class of antidepressant drugs that increase the availability of serotonin and noradrenaline by blocking the reabsorption of these neurotransmitters by nerve endings in the brain. Side-effects include gastrointestinal disturbances, giddiness, nausea, and sweating. The group includes venlafaxine (which is also licensed for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder), duloxetine (also licensed for treating stress incontinence in women), and milnacipran (also used for treating chronic pain syndromes).

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