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Pristiq

My psychiatrist wants me to try this new anti-depressant.  I am currently on Effexor.  Has anyone taken Pristiq and how did they do on it?
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im currently taking pristig it is effxor a new version my doctor says since now effoxoer is noe becoming available as a generic he says it is the same thing just refined im not currently having any problems a few side effects at first but what  ever u do take it at the same time dont forget it will make you sick im only taking 50 mg and i take it around 11 or 12 cause when it wears off it makes me nasaous but now im getting ready for bed and it usually does not get to bad anymore
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I was on effexor for about 6 months. After gaining 30 pounds I ask my doctor if I could try something else. He put me on Pristiq and so far it's doing fine. I've been on it for about three weeks and I've already lost 8 pounds.
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http://carlatpsychiatry.blogspot.com/2008/03/top-5-reasons-to-forget-about-pristiq.html
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If you're doing well on Effexor, I don't see any reason to switch. I've never been on Pristiq, but side effects when taking PRISTIQ 50 mg may include nausea, dizziness, sweating, constipation, and decreased appetite.
In clinical studies of the recommended 50-mg dose, the percentage of people who stopped taking PRISTIQ due to side effects was similar to placebo (sugar pill).
More information concerning the differences between Effexor and PRISTIQ you can check out : http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/03/04/pristiq-versus-effexor-xr/
Hope this helps you. Good Luck!

Michael
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Thanks for the feedback.  I thought something was up because the main ingredients were exactly the same.  I started taking it, and do feel better mentally--but I'm feeling muscular tightness and have a headache.  I just wish I could find an anti-depressant that worked and didn't make me feel terrible.
Nellieann
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TRUST ME! i wanna find something that works and stays working. in the past 6 yrs ive been on like 6 different meds. i was at the psych today and i said to him...is here ever gonna be a time when i will be comfortable with one med and thast it or will i have to keep switching. its really starting to **** me off. i suffer from GAD and depression.....blah blah blah...starting prestiq soon...we'll see how it goes.
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Effexor and Pristiq are not the dance thing.  Sane family. Venlafaxine vs desvenlafaxine.  Pristiq had added benefit of norepinehprine uptake inhibitor or something. Weird that everyone is getting prescribed 50mg when the added benefits dont kick in until 100-150mg. Before swapping drug altogether (depending on non mental side effects) try upping dose first maybe.
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