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Antidepressant recalled when pharmacist finds different drug in bottle

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Pfizer has recalled a drug used to treat depression and anxiety because of packaging issues.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a pharmacist found a capsule of a different drug in a bottle of Pfizer's Effexor XR. The pill found was Tikosyn, a drug used to treat heart problems. Pfizer has not received any other similar reports, but is voluntarily recalling three lots of Effexor as a precaution.

The FDA says interactions between these drugs could cause serious health problems and could be fatal.

The products were distributed nationally. The recall involved Pfizer lot numbers V130142 and V130140, both with October 2015 expiration dates, along with Greenstone lot number V130014, which expires in August 2015.

Patients with affected products should notify their doctors and return the drugs to the pharmacy.

Effexor is a prescription antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

Visit the FDA's website for more information and examples of product labels being recalled.

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