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 1  Major Depression and Anxiety I took the minimum dose and had a severe reaction to it. It was like an amphetamine in my system. Severe anxiety, insomnia, feeling burning and hot, arms tingling, a feeling of needing to shake the arms, restlessness, agitation, etc. It was really horrible. My GP told me to stop taking it immediately after this reaction. F 39
1X D
4/8/2014

 4  Feeling down and flat The first few days were like I was on crack or something couldn't sleep, hardly ate and felt sick but after a week I feel perky, laughing more and now something I never would have guessed i'd become a morning person (not everyday but big improvement). But most of all instead of taking moods out on my partner iv become the one who addresses problems more calmly. Woot woot! F 23 2 months
50mg
4/2/2014

 1  Depression severe At first I began to feel better, then after about 15-20 days I became glittery. I would experience loud noises going off in my head, then a jerking sensation would occurred if I got upset. About a month into the drug I began to have seizures which is a side effect, my doctor waited another three weeks to take me off pristiq, and try something else. I have been off the drug for two years and am still suffering from seizures. F 29 2 months
75 mg
3/15/2014
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 3  Depression Swollen throat/difficulty swallowing. Weight loss (bonus), loss of appetite, clenching teeth, slight insomnia, slightly jittery (tapping feet) I have only been on it for a few days but have noticed I'm not as sad and the suicidal thoughts aren't as intense. The most irritating side effect so far is the swollen throat, its horrible and I hope it goes away. I don't believe I have lost my sex drive but I also haven't been with my boyfriend, so time will tell. I find I'm interested in more things, focussing a lot more, But oddly enough my train of thought seems to derail at times. F 26 5 days
50mg 1X D
3/10/2014
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 4  Depression, Stress butterflies in tummy, reduced appetite The drug seems to be working really good.. My wife has said that I am more in control of stressful situations and my mood has become less prone to extremes. I have noticed that I am not reaching for an extra piece of pizza and I am getting these 'extreme butterflies' in my tummy, as if I am about to do a speech in front of a large crowd or about to reach the top of a roller-coaster.. sometimes it can feel a bit much, but I imagine it will calm down. I am on this stuff for 6 months and week two people are noticing improvements, so Im happy :) M 32 10 days
50mg 1X D
3/7/2014
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 2  Moderate chronic depression I was really disappointed in this drug. I've been on just about every antidepressant out there for the past 20 years and this is the first one that made me gain weight! Only 10 pounds but I'm short and it shows. I have body image issues and this was the last thing I needed. Doc cut my dosage in half to see if the weight would come off. Argh! I keep a food and an exercise diary and I know this weight gain has nothing to do with my habits. Apparently it has slowed my metabolism. I may just ask to go back on Cymbalta. That was weight neutral for me. F 38 9 months
100 mg 1X D
3/3/2014
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 3  Depression I did not have any side effects the first couple of weeks, but as time goes by I am now experiencing terrible constipation along with extreme dry mouth. I tried to wait it out hoping the side effects might diminish once the drug has taken full effect, but they have not gotten any better, and I am afraid this is a deal breaker for me. I am thinking at this point, I will need to try another medication, which is a shame because they worked well for the depression but the side effects are just too much. F 51 6 weeks
50MG 1X D
2/18/2014

 4  Anxiety Brain fog every day about noon, lasts for 1-2 hours. Forgetfullness. Was having major anxiety including panic attacks. The pristiq worker wonders for the anxiety. Side effects are a concern but controlling my anxiety is more important. Plan on staying on the drug for 4-6 months than weaning off. M 51 30 days
50 mg 1X D
1/30/2014

 5  Depression & Anxiety None F 19 9 days
100
1/17/2014

 5  Pnd and depression Not hungry, i have lost my sex life with my partner is this normal F 28 1 years
100g
12/22/2013

 3  Daily panic attacks/anxiety disorde Numbness in left side of body. Weakness in left side of body. A few short durations of confusion. Been on this drug for almost two years now. Initially it worked wonders for my anxiety and panic attacks (after the first month or so). Ever since I have been on it I've had these side effects. They were much minor in the beginning but have been becoming more frequent over the last six months. Starting to think about weening myself off. M 36 2 years
50 1X D
11/30/2013
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 5  Severe depression/ major anxiety Only noticable side effect was daytime drowiness...switched to taking at bedtime, sleep till around 5-6 am wake up feeling rested, and low sex drive, however my sex drive was low before taking also I was suicidal, crying all the time ready to give up. Pristiq sat on my bathroom counter 3 days before i could bring myself to take yet another anti depressant. First day i no longer cried, i actually laughed again. By day 4 i went hiking with boyfriend and watched the leaves fall off trees and enjoyed it. Now at week 2 i feel like im coming back to my old self. Been depressed for over 2 years with major anxiety and major social withdraw. Best time for me to take medication is at 10 pm right before bed, sleep off any side effects except low sex drive although i had that before medication, i lost 5 pounds so far from medication. F 42 2 weeks
50mg 1X D
10/30/2013
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 1  depression Worked for awhile, then I noticed depression sneaking back. Went from 100 mg to 50 mg. After that, I started Wellbutrrin along with the 50 mg. Went off the Pristiq. Pristiq worked for the 2 years. Went from 100 down to 50 mg., adding wellbutrin. Then went off Pristiq. This has been a rough few weeks. I have read many comments on the side effects of those going off this drug. I was relieved to hear that I was not alone. Dizzeneness, light headed, tearful. If I moved my head to quickly, the side effects were worse. Taking a migrane otc one time a day. This seems to help me. Starting week three. I am determined to get off this crap. Pristiq is much more powerful than it is portrayed. So to those of you struggling, keep in touch with your doctor, and fight through. I believe that it will be better for me to get this out of my system. F 57 3 days
50 mg 1X D
9/14/2013

 1  A lot of bad stuff happening Didn't do anything but make me sick and loose my mojo. Now being off them I still am not feeling any sexual mojo what so ever. Pristiq has ruined my sexy life with my wife. What once was 3 to 5 times a week has become 1 to 3 times a month. Your tablet is a joke and I am very pissed off about it. It should be pulled from the shelves. You put your trust in a product and cost me a fortune to be on it and its ruined something else in my life. M 30 6 months
50mg
8/21/2013
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 1  Anxiety/Depression Weight gain, grogginess, photophobia, intense tremors, diarrhea, nightmares and disturbed sleep cycle After beginning this medication I have been through nothing but hell. I have had NO positive effects even after waiting months and increasing the dosage. If you value your well-being please DO NOT take this medication! I know of NOBODY who has had positive results. Not only that, now I am stuck on it as I attempt to wean off of it. You can't break the tablets and the smallest dose is 50MG. The withdrawal symptoms are HELL and as I'm dealing with benzo withdrawal I can't quit the stuff, it's been horrible. F 25 6 months
100MG 1X D
8/13/2013
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 5  Moderate depression/anxiety Instant hit of insomnia and jaw clenching my first night, but they dont seem to cause any problems anymore. Higher energy levels, slight weight loss (yea boiii), and better focus. I'm generally a happy, well-liked person but i fell into a major depressive episode at the end of college and had been struggling to break out of the cycle for the two years following. I tried Lexapro, Celexa, Prozac, Wellbutrin (still on it), but Pristiq was the only AD that brought me back to life. Ive only been on Pristiq for 9 days but I feel alive and energetic and myself. Contrary to the general public's opinion of ADs, i still feel sadness, but within reason, and... I don't know how to explain it, I just feel like a normal human being. I'm the key player in my own life now instead of a passive member of the audience. F 24 9 days
50mg
8/3/2013

 5  Panic disorder Slight weight gain but i have never felt better. Pristiq definitely working for me. F 48 3 months
100mg
7/20/2013

 1  Major Depressive Disorder Severe heart palpitations/shortness of breath causing coughing; hot flashes; tiredness; severe irriability Never got a chance to see if Pristiq helped depression, since the side effects were serious enough to cause discontinuing the drug. F 56 13 days
50 1X D
7/9/2013

 1  Severe depression/anxiety OMG! I am SO tired! I stumbled across this site; I'm SO relieved to know why I've been sleeping 16 hours(and still barely able to move). I've missed work, doctors appt's, life for6 days . I'm stopping this sh**. In my experience the only anti depressant that ever worked was adderol or Wellbutrin. But you get used to those. All psychiatric drugs are crap and will fuck up your body. I'd rather be depressed than in a drunk like stupor. Do yourself a favor: happiness does not come in a pill. I've tried various stuff fir20 years. Finally learned lesson. Hey, at least it wasn't a " mood stabilizer,". But that's another story. Stay AWAY from mood drugs. Oh yeah, my headaches SO much horrible. F 39 6 days
50 mg
7/2/2013

 4  Depression/anxiety Hair loss, weight loss, flat affect after while Overall this was not a bad drug for me..I lost weight (22 lb) but the hair loss became noticeable and my moods flattened out after about 7 months. I went off of it only because the price was so high after the Pristiq discount stopped - even after insurance my copay was just too high. One thing to know about any drug like this is for the first few days/weeks you are going to feel a little bad - it's manageable. As far as dose - start low - it's better to go up then try to come down. If you decide you want to stop the medication I suggest asking your doctor to give you a week or so of Prozac to help. F 46 9 months
50 mg 1X D
6/25/2013

 3  Pain management Relative to effexor and cymbalta the side effects of pristiq have not been that bad...at 50 mg. I take SNRIs primarily for neurological pain and since i did not get pain relief at all at 50mg i decided to try 100mg. The side effects at 100 are far worse - the drowsiness and tinnitus are far more noticeable and there was no pain relief at the higher dose either. Effexor xr worked for me for a while but Pristiq, although closely related, did not have the same magic for me. M 44 6 days
50
6/2/2013

 1  Depression Eye pressure seen ophthalmologist severe muscle tetany had to quit drug will never try new one again F 56 2 months
50mg
4/17/2013

 5  depression None F 57 1 weeks
50mg
4/14/2013
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 1  Depression Huge huge weight gain, fogginess, exhaustion, horrendous dreams you name it I had it. All it did was contribute to my depression and feelings of lack of self worth. I would not recommend this drug to my worst enemy. It is a shocker in every sense of the word. I ended up going off it "cold turkey". I just was not functioning when I absolutely had to. I have fibromyalgia so when the pain of that gets really high my serotonin levels plummet and depression sets in again so both my natural predisposition to depression and the fibromyalgia feed off each other so I need to be on anti-depressants permanently. Nothing much was working for me when I was home caring for my bed ridden dying father who I just absolutely adored. My Dr. changed my medication. He also managed to kill my father so I should not have expected he would do me any favours either. Pristiq nearly killed me as well. Just don't take it. There is plenty of other stuff out there which doesn't have the horrendous side effects of this piece of crap. F 60 1 years
1X D
4/2/2013

 4  Anxiety, Depression The first 2 weeks were hell. I threw up the first 2 nights and was having alot of trouble sleeping. My mind was racing, i was nauseous and unable to concentrate. I had the jitters and was very shaky all the time. I would sweat so badly at night my pillow was soaked and i had to get a towel. I began locking my jaw while i slept which caused migraines and alot of pain. My sex drive does not exist any more. Most of these symptoms went away accept the locked jaw lasted a few months, i still sweat at night but not as bad, and my sex drive is still dead. My new side effect is exhaustion. The last few months i have only ever wanted to sleep. Despite all the bad side effects, which mostly went away, this drug has been a life saver. After about a month of taking it i remember walking my dog on a sunny morning and actually feeling happy again. It was amazing. It took another month or 2 for the depression to finally lift. I still have a ways to go and the recent exhaustion is hard on me, but it lifted the depression enough for me to be able to get back to my life and make changes to help myself. F 27 5 months
50 MG 1X D
3/27/2013
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 4  Depression and Anxiety Have been on low dose Pristiq for 2 years, in combination with Concerta for ADHD. In past 6 months, have been dealing with stiff neck, painful and numbing headaches and feeling like I have strep throat without the typical pain of strep (more like a lump in my throat). Am very tired. Sharing this because I see other folks have referenced identical symptoms. I'm definitely going to my MD with this. F 43 2 years
30 mg 1X D
3/16/2013

 3  Depression Was Great at first then went down hill after years of taking it. When I first started it was great. helped me and I was Happy. As time went on I started getting headaches almost every other day. Felt sick at night and my sex drive has gone down to nothing, If you miss a dose you cant function because of the severe head spins and delayed vision. But If you take your missed dose the symtoms are gone in about 30 minutes. I believe its time for me to have the doctor switch me to something else. I was fine for the first few years and it gets worse as time goes on. F 45 8 years
50mg 1X D
2/11/2013

 1  no From a family members point of view it is like having a drunk person around you . Have to make sure they don't get up and try even walking, no sex drive, can't remember shit. M 40 6 months
1X D
2/4/2013

 4  Sever Depression/Mood instability Calmness, Mild insomnia, Slow gradual weight loss (bonus!), Feeling of being Antsy. High energy (bonus!),... Swollen throat, slight tremors in hands. I've read online that the swollen throat (which feels similar to having "Strep Throat" without the pain), should subside on it's own within a week. No sexual side effects. M 36 4 days
50 mg 1X D
1/28/2013
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 3  clinical depression loss of appetite severe headaches if a dose is skipped blurred vision severe dizziness loss of concentration lost ability to think clearly severe withdrawal problems insomnia trippy dreams and nightmares lethargy M 26 10 months
50mg 1X D
1/28/2013

 4  anxiety and depression While starting Pristiq I had some head aches, low sex drive,and some body/muscle twitching when relaxed and trying to fall asleep. All of those side effects have since disappeared and I am so glad now that I hung in their and stayed the course. I feel like myself again and seems to be better than being on Paxil for 15 years. M 47 6 weeks
100 MG 1X D
1/25/2013

 5  Anxiety At first it was a rough go switching from Vibryd to Pristiq, but I think it was because the Vibryd was not at the levels I needed. Therefore I was already at a low and needed to come off of Vibryd and build up the Pristiq. The first 2 weeks I experienced some weight loss (yeah), an internal vibe that drove me nuts, not quite the jitters though, slight headaches, naesea. i stuck it out though and am glad i did. I can't say i have too many side effects now, except short term memory loss. I find I am literally searcjing for thoughts that are mashed up in my head, that I know are there but cannot bring them to mind!! Hence why i ended up here. All prior side effects are gone except the memory issue I do not have any complaints with Pristiq, except tbe cost. My prescription plan change with the new year and $150 a month sucks! F 42 4 months
50mg 1X D
1/20/2013
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 2  Clinical Depression with anxiety Increased appetite with record WEIGHT GAIN-so much that my clinician called other staff into the exam room to LOOK at me (look at the FAT lady),I'd been underweight before.Also I am becoming increasingly withdrawn & reluctant to even step outside of my home or to answer the phone & be social.My bills sit unopened while I avoid reality eating & in a stupor watching TV.My eyeballs feel bulging & I am in a HAZE mentally,not really so depressed, BUT not FEELING (anything). NUMB. I want to give this some more time, but my world is spiraling downward....... I've been reading comments with so much honesty & emotion,it's quite frightening.If you want your experiences to be counted & documented,this is a great avenue to help others, but remember to contact the FDA to report ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS!!! Otherwise, all of our wisdom & consequent suffering in way too many instances, won't be heard & the drug companies continue to profit by other's suffering! It's a toll free number, or contact FDA.gov & click on medication side effects. F 50 6 weeks
50mg 1X D
1/14/2013
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 4  Depression and anxiety Definitely helps steady my moods but there are scary side effects while drinking alcohol. These include black outs, memory loss, acting out of character, dropping to ground without cause, blurred vision and slurred speech. I've always thought that it was just me being drunk, but now I'm certain it's the combination of this drug and alcohol that does it. F 31 6 years
50
1/1/2013

 5  Depression/Anxiety None. I have had severe headaches and dizziness for several months. I had been suffering from depression and anxiety when I noticed these symptoms. My doctor prescribed Pristiq and my headaches are gone. Been a life saver. M 44 8 days
50MG 1X D
12/31/2012

 5  Depression/anxiety None F 30 3 months
50
12/25/2012

 1  Bipolar, depression, rapid cycling Severe and acute florid MANIC episode on this med. I do not recommend at all for Bipolar l. Be VERY wary of the noradrenergic effects! Florid dreams. Have now stopped and substituted an SSRI without the the noradrenergic effect. Make sure you are under specialist med supervision during any *changeover*! Do not take ANY alcohol with this med. From my own experience, I feel this med should be contraindicated for Bipolar_1 patients. I experienced a brief but heightened frightening manic episode on this med. Other meds i am on included: Seroquel 350mg/day, Lamictal 200mg/day, Diazepam prn.... I feel it is the noradrenergic effect that led to the acute manic episode. My later switch to an SSRI without that NA effect,namely citalopram-GA. (Celexa) helped me so much more,, as well as having a beneficial effect on my GAD. My warning is that desvenlafaxine and Bipolar 1 do not seem to agree. At least >> that's my personal experience. M 54 20 days
25 1X D
12/17/2012

 4  Depression, alcohol overuse I have pressure in the eyes(mild), sleepier than before, tinitus(mild), weight loss(bonus!), improved my asthma (bonus!), skin irritation(mild) ejaculation issues at first but mostly went away at six weeks I found this drug amazingly relaxing and still had sexual function on 100mg. Weight loss was a bonus. However, when I ran out of medication for 3 days recently, I had visual and auditory distortions/halucinations. I saw wallpaper crawing at one point and also a room full of white mist that wasnt there. DONT RUN OUT OF PILLS It seems stopping could be a bummer M 54 3 months
100 1X D
12/10/2012
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 2  Depression and anxiety Nausea extreme. Headaches like hangover. 9 days in no more than 4 hrs sleep at night from nausea. So tired but wide awake. In second week 2 major panic attacks and now anxiety has kick ed in restless all night and half day. No appetite. Lost 4kilo . Now on Maxalon to stop nausea. Feel less depressed but extremely anxious. Dr has asked to stickit out a lilittle longer as few says ago asked to change med. F 36 2 weeks
50mg
12/8/2012

 4  depression Loss of libido, thinning hair, occasionally spacey. F 26 4 years
50
12/7/2012

 3  menopause and anxiety mild side effects to start with like headaches, dizziness, no weight gain Being on pristiq 50 mg for 5 months now. At after a couple weeks on the tablets and things settled down i was amazed how good I felt back to my old self but as time has gone on I have notice if I miss a tablet I end up with vetigo and nasea and has been expericeing really bad dreams and feel like I have no soul as I have always been a caring person I do not like the person I have become, the memory loss has been unreal and feel like you are going crazy. I have decided to start taking myself of pristiq slowly. All I can say is it is a shame that pristiq did not work for long and I will not be recommending them to anyone.... F 51 5 months
50 mg 1X D
11/27/2012
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 5  Migraines I took this strictly for migraines and if it wasnt for this pill i would be bedridden. This pill helped me start working again and able to spend time with my kids :) thank you pristiq!!! F 37 1 days
50mg
11/19/2012
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 4  Depression/Anxiety Problems reaching sexual peak, fatigue, weight gain I have been on pristiq 50mg for 11 months now. I am beginning to feel as though it has tapered in it's positive effects for me. I am extremely tired, and starting to feel down again. When I first began taking it, within 2 weeks I was back to the person I was before I was depressed. I find that if I forget to take it (and/or can't afford it in time for the next month) within two days I am EXTREMELY irritable, I can't see my vision gets so foggy, and I am so tired and anxious that I can't think straight. Although I am now experiencing some negatives, the first 9 months of taking the medication have helped me immensely. This is the first medication I have tried for depression, and perhaps it has just run its course, and it is time for me to move on to a new one. F 26 11 months
50mg 1X D
11/15/2012
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 1  MDD Fever. Left shoulder n joint PAIN and left neck PAIN. From shoulder to neck. Got off meds. 1 month stiffness or Bursitis has remained. No previous or other problems. F 47 2 days
50mg
11/10/2012

 1  Depression, Bipolar 1, GAD/Panic D short-term MEMORY LAPSES/gaps/blanks (SEVERE!!) which aggravates anxiety/depression/panic attacks++. Night sweats!, reduced libido(++), intention tremor (e.g.. difficulty writing addresses on letters), depression =only mildly improved; anorexia++, florid dreams/nightmares++, early morning awakening, slight weight-gain despite anorexia. Anorexia: severe! Anergia: severe. Mood *snaps*/fluctuations: rapid cycling and mixed states. On averages, and based on my own experience, i do not recommend Pristiq for people with Bipolar 1 (depressive phase). I'm planning to taper off (am on only 50 mg every 2nd day)..It may work for some but, so far, not for me. Did not really have a noticeable pos effect on anxiety. Depression has been marginally improved.But would/will it last? I doubt it M 54 30 days
50 MG 1X D
11/6/2012

 3  Post Natal anxiety Felt good on it .. It got rid of my anxiety immediately and I would stay on it but it's causes me to gain weight.. Just seem To want to eat so much extra carbs and sugary foods.. I'm on day 3 of cold turkey and feel awful All the symptoms other people mention The vertigo brain zaps crying .... But I can't wait to be off it I just hope my weight comes down F 31 2 years
50
10/20/2012
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 4  Depression and anxiety Weight gain 15 kg + despite diet and exercise. Terrible shock type sensation if you miss a daily dose and dizziness sometimes. It has been an extremely effective medication for me, but I want to come off it due to the weight gain. Choice - fat and happy or slim and miserable? There has to be something better! In the past I have taken 200mg daily, but the affect of the medication was no more effective then when I have taken 100mg, except for worsening side effects, absolutely no sex drive - at all F 40 2 years
100mg 1X D
10/17/2012

 4  mood, depression, anxiety I have been taking pristiq for 4 months and it has helped and I have even lost a little bit of weight. It's the first medication that I have took and not have suicidal breakdowns. I do have anger problems. I can handle the kids great but I get very angry with my husband. Plus, I do get migraine's with it. F 31 4 months
50 mg
10/15/2012

 1  Severe Depression Severe exhaustion, loss of moods (i was like a zombie), loss of memory. Took this my freshman year of college. Looking back, I have hardly any recollection of my freshman year. Bits and pieces come back to me, but it is nothing compared to the memory of my sophomore-senior years. I ended up going off it after a year. The medication was too much for me. I am on citalophram now and am doing much better! F 21 1 years
50 MG 1X D
10/8/2012

 4  cronic depression/panic anxiety waking dreams, trouble peaking during sex, tired I have been fighting depression and anxiety attacks since I was a child. After a few months on pristq i cant tell believe how well im doing. its like I am a whole new person.However, I have more nightmares than i recall befor taking this medication and cant seem to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. I also cant seem to enjoy sex with my husband, but alot of wifes these days have that problem :).my only true complaint is how tired I seem to be and have difficulty holding my weight. I, unlike others taking this medication, have a problem loosing weight on pristiq. I simply dont want to eat anymore and my stomack had problems holding too much food aswell. But all in all i have to say these problems are far less of a problem than my life time of destress. I have been able to find peace and willing to pay any price to be able to look in the mirror and love what looks back. F 24 9 months
50mg 1X D
10/1/2012

 5  ptsd Amazing. Weight loss. Even temper. Normal sleep. Thought organization. Energy!!!! F 26 3 days
100
9/10/2012

 4  Depression and Anxiety Slight nausea during the first week, sweating, head feels thick at times and slight chest tightening. No sexual side effects. I have taken Pristiq four different times since 2008. During the last six years, I have experienced episodes of depression due to stressful life circumstances. I can honestly say that Pristiq helped my depression, especially the first time. A month after starting it in 2008, I felt completely normal with absolutely NO anxiety. A WORD OF CAUTION: Withdrawal from Pristiq is notoriously difficult! It helped me with depression but withdrawal needs to be gradual. DO NOT stop taking it cold turkey. I tried that (I know, stupid on my part) after several months of taking it in 2008. The withdrawal effects of stopping cold turkey included awful brain zaps and mood swings. Withdrawal over a two week period was nowhere near as bad. However, be ready to deal with your body resetting and adjusting to not having the drug. I wouldn't call it a miracle cure. Personally, I view antidepressants as a temporary solution. The right drug can help as long as the antidepressant effect exists and the side effects are tolerable. M 40 18 months
50 MG 1X D
9/8/2012

 1  Depression/Mild Anxiety first couple of weeks seemed ok, experienced some memory loss but attributed that to the Valium I had started at the same time. Now the Valium is a thing of the past, and so is my memory. I cannot remember anything! literally impossible to book an appointment and show up on time, my keys are lost, my wallet is regularly lost, remote always lost, 3 pairs of sunglasses and 3 hats lost. Some of these items show up for a day or two, then are lost again. My sex drive is zero, I have had strange episodes which have been quite hallucinatory, my vision is often shaky and now I have started getting 'zaps' also. I'm confused and feeble minded, from a normally high functioning person. I have had strange violent thoughts when waking, that I quickly forget, that make me wonder what's going on in my head while I'm sleeping. My doctor never warned me about the dependence issues associated with this drug and I'm not happy. I'm scared to come off it and not sure about how to do it. I keep booking appointments at the doctor, but missing them because my memory is so screwed. I can't cook food for my family properly any longer as I cannot properly multi-task. I even forget to pick up the kids from school! I don't know what to do with myself unless I drink strong coffee or something, anything to pull me out of this haze. This is a very dangerous substance, and I would advise extreme caution for any new users. AVOID!!! M 34 45 days
50mg 1X D
9/6/2012
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 2  Depression, OCD, GAD Dry mouth, foggy head, mood swings Sometimes worked well, other times didn't- I sometimes passed tablets whole, indicating a basically hadn't absorbed it (it has a special coating so it is meant to release gradually), so be aware of this. Gave up on it after having a major outburst over, well, nothing. That said, it works really well for my mum- she would probably give it a 5/5; some AD's can be fantastic for one person and useless for another, so don't be dissuaded too much by my review, Pristiq could work really well for you M 18 4 months
50mg 1X D
8/24/2012

 3  Depression heavy menstrual bleeding/clotting, yawning, vivid dreams, night sweats, memory loss and/or impaired recall, normal sex drive, lethargy, cholesterol went from good to high - since quitting Pristiq 4 months ago, but cholesterol is back to the Excellent range, dry mouth but not too bad, Pristiq seemed wonderful after Lexapro. Energy level was better & not near as tired, fewer vivid dreams. After 3 yrs. of counseling it was time to take the leap and see if I could manage without - life situations improved GREATLY! Started by decreasing from 100 mg to 50 mg a day. Was on that dosage for 3-4 months. Then decided to completely discontinue. Pristiq is not available in a dosage smaller than 50 mg - the starter packs might have a 25 mg, but I could not get that through my prescription plan. Anyway, instead of 50 mg every 24 hours I switched to 50 mg every 36 hours. my doctor wanted me to do 32 hours, but then I would of had to get up in the middle of the night to take med. I stayed on this schedule for 2-3 weeks then increased the time in between doses to 48 hours - again did this for 2-3 weeks then increased to 60 hours in between doses for 2-3 weeks and then 72 hours. Once i got to this point i noticed that the interval was too long in between doses and I was having more exaggerated ups and downs - the downs being the worse - lots of crying and lack of concentration. This was the week before Easter Sunday and i had a couple days off so I figured I could be home and just quit. I am proud to say that was the best decision I made. No, it wasn't a picnic - was irritable, angry, emotional, upset stomach, diarrhea, and a few other side effects. I experienced that ZAPPING feeling that people talk about - so strange!! Overall I think i had it pretty e F 38 18 months
100 1X D
8/17/2012

 3  Depression Excessive Carb/Sweet cravings Dry mouth Low Sex Drive Foggy Brain Tired I started taking this drug in 2010. I had tried several others over the years and had every conceivable side effect the drug had, but Pristiq worked for me initially, until I gained 30 pounds! I have never had a problem with my weight and now I have no energy and crave, crave, crave sweets and bread products uncontrollably. I intend to go off it soon so the withdrawl symptom remarks concern me. I went without it for a couple of days and experienced all the symptoms that have been described here by others. F 47 2 years
50 MG 1X D
8/17/2012

 1  Depression Dizziness, vertigo, trouble concentrating, excessive bleeding during cycle, bruising, joint pain, Worked great for about 8 months with just excessive menstrual bleeding but tolerable. Trying to go off this medication is horrible. I am on the fifth day not taking it and have had the worst dizziness/vertigo ever experienced. Driving and working feels unsafe as i feel like i am completly drunk entire day with insatiable appetite for only sweets. I had to stop taking this medication because it caused thrombocytopenia(excessive bleeding) i was coughing up blood and bleeding in excess when i got a small scrape. Be careful with this medication. F 31 14 months
100 1X D
8/11/2012
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 1  Depression I have been on Prestiq for approximately 2 years. In the beginning, the drug was doing its job and I was feeling less depressed. However as time went on, the drug would make me think weird thoughts (usually about death) and I would have blackouts. Now I've been off them for 2 weeks and feeling better in the mind- however I'm experiencing cramping, wind, constipation. If anyone has had a similar experience please send me an email.. I'd like to hear about anyone else's experience coming off them :) x F 29 2 years
50mg
8/8/2012
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 5  Anxiety I only experienced irritating side effects the first 2 weeks of commencing this medication. I was hesitant to take it because I was told that it takes atleast 2 weeks for the side effects to go away. The only problem I can really remember having was a little bit of difficulty swallowing. You have to give these things time to work! 7 days from the above post is not enough time . I had horrible panic attacks and general anxiety and now I feel normal again on the occasion I get anxious but just the same as every one on earth. Prestiq is brilliant although I do get night sweats I would take them any day over anxiety!! F 20 2 years
100mg
8/6/2012
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 3  Anxiety Vertigo, weird dreams, might sweats, headache, memory loss, no appetite, panic attacks, normal sex drive unlike other ad's, shakes F 34 3 weeks
100
8/5/2012

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