FRIDAY, March 7, (HealthDay News) -- Two lots of Pfizer's antidepressant drug Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) are being recalled because they may contain. Thursday, March 6, - pm. EST. NEW YORK, N.Y., March 6 – Pfizer Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of count Effexor XR®. Pfizer announced a voluntary recall of venlafaxine HCl after a pharmacist reported that one bottle in the lot being The recall includes one lot of count venlafaxine HCl (Effexor XR, Pfizer) mg extended-release March 7, Healio. Patients should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this drug product. Even before the publication of these read article reports, FDA had already begun the process of reviewing available data to determine whether there is an increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults taking antidepressants. Wholesalers, distributors, government agencies, patient assistance programs and retailers with product that is being recalled should stop distribution and promptly return the product to Stericycle Inc. Advanced search. Please contact Stericycle at for instructions on returning product. The proposed updates apply to the entire category of antidepressants.