You should only taper off of it very gradually. Break up the pills to go more slowly off of it. I looked up side effects on-line, but only saw that caffeine withdrawal is very real — producing enough physical symptoms and a disruption in daily life to classify it as a psychiatric disorder. Not sure if it's true, but with any medication, going as slow as possible is the best.
With you in menopause, there are a lot of possible symptoms just from that. How long have you been taking Pristiq? Did your symptoms started with taking that? I am also taking 50 mg of it. I think it causes nausea for me, plus very vivid and often bad dreams. I've never heard of that one, but it definately is from the Pristiq.
Plus I suddenly had the severe depression return, lost the bad dreams and had terrible insomnia--a known side effect of going off of Pristiq. I got a refill and with the new bottle, everything went back again. I've notified the FDA and the manufacturer about it. I think that the bottle was tampered with. How to have confidence in a medication!!
All the best to you with your quest to get off of it which is very admirable. Just go extremely slowly, then you'll be able to handle it.
Thank you sarah. I did try slowly to come off the pristiq once because we had no more health ins. and thats what happen to me. the vivid bad dreams and insomia. now i am back on full 50mgs but i fond out my new ins. will not pay for the pristiq or the dr. i go to that perscibes it. I do not no what is going to happen now. Do u have any suggestions?