I want to ween off Pristiq. I don't feel it is working for me, I have gained so much weight since I started taking Pristiq and have carb cravings when I did not before. I will be laid off at the end of next month and will no longer be able to afford the doctor visits or medication. I have been waiting for my Dr to get back with me and am looking for alternatives.
Primary docs aren't very good at this. Psychiatrists are better, though only a good one. This can be a difficult med to quit, so the plan is to go as slowly as suits you -- what it's like for one isn't the same as for another person. It could be really easy, could be difficult. Partly it depends on how long you've been on it and how well your body metabolized it. Just prepare to take it slow and easy, taper off and don't let docs rush you or pretend it's easy.
I'm not familiar with the drug Pristiq. I'm assuming it was your doctor who prescribed Pristiq for you. If it's not working for you, only your doctor can help you wean off this drug safely. As with any drug prescribed by a doctor, it is essential that you not stop this drug by yourself . That can be very dangerous. My best advice is to go back to your famly doctor. Tell him or her that you feel Pristiq is not working for you. That you feel that Pristiq has made you gain weight and that you now have carb cravings that you never had before and that you want to stop taking Pristiq. A friend of mine was prescribed a drug by her family doctor which created similiar side effects as you have described. She went back to her family doctor and told her she didn't want to be on this drug anymore and that she wanted to stop taking it. Her doctor advised her how to do this safely. That's the key. You can't just stop taking a prescribed medication cold turkey as it were. Your doctor can tell you how to get off the Pristiq safely. I don't know what Pristiq is prescribed for so I can't suggest any alternatives. With prescribed medication one always has to be aware that there will be side effects of the drug. For myself, I try to choose more natural alternatives whenever possible like homeopathic medicines or products one can purchase in a health food store. Even then, I would suggest not just choosing a product from the health food store that you think would be helpful. Some herbal products purchased from the health food store can interfere with other prescribed medications. I take a few herbal medications from the health food store with my doctor's knowledge and approval. Good luck, jethrosmom2784.
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