My doctor put me on pristiq and I am afraid to take it. I took Zoloft while pregnant and stopped about a month after my daughter was born. I felt good then. Then my gp put me on Lexapro and that zonked me out. Back to Zoloft again. I feel just like the depression commercials describe. I hate it. I just would like to know if anyone has been taking it and how you feel on it. Thanks :)
I've been on Pristiq. My GP gave it to me. I've been on it for about 6 months and it's fine for me. It's most effective dose is 50mg, which is equivalant to 150mg Effexor XR I was told. My psychiatrist switched me to Effexor because he says they are the same and I am tapering off. I did NOT gain weight on Pristiq and I think the sexual side effects weren't as bad. I can tell the difference on Effexor.
I wouldn't be worried to start it if you need something, but I'm not sure yet about getting off. It's basically like Effexor, so I assume going off it will be like Effexor and that's supposed to be tough. My depression was mild and was helped by Pristiq, but I probably shouldn't have been on an AD at all.
Some say, including my psychiatrist, that Pristiq is just a way for Wyeth to make more money when their Patent runs out on Effexor ER. I don't know though...I liked it.
I took Pristiq for about 8 months. It worked "ok" for me but not good enough so in the end my P-doc switched me to a more effective tri-cyclic.
I will warn you (maybe this was just in my case) but the withdrawl (withdrawal) I experienced with Pristiq was beyond bad. It lasted for 8 horrible weeks and during the worst part of it even walking was difficult because my head was so swurly.
Now keep in mind that I used to take Effexor XR for 4 years at 300Mgs a day. The withdrawl (withdrawal) from that was bad, but nothing near what I experienced with Pristiq.
Finnaly after 8 weeks the withdrawl (withdrawal) faded. I swear I thought I was going to be stuck like that forever.
Then again I will take risks with medication to get relief. I will and am willing to accept the worst antidepressant withdrawl (withdrawal) from a new medication in hope that it works and I can stay on it.
IF Pristiq would have really worked good for me then I would say the end withdrawl (withdrawal) would be worth it when time to change meds came.
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