14 Nov 2009
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is the active metabolite of Venlafaxine (Effexor). It depends on the person, some may respond better to one and not the other. However, this is a common strategy by drug companies to market drugs with patent exclusivity (i.e. they get to charge an arm and a leg for the "new" brand name drug, regardless of whether it's more effective than the original).
The same idea is true of Celexa (Citalopram). Lexapro (Escitalopram) is just the active metabolite in Celexa. It is possible that one might respond better to one form than another, though.
But, in general, I'd go with the drug that has a generic form, so you don't have to pay hundreds of dollars for the basically same medicine, unless that one specifically is more effective for you.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
I was on Effexor 150mg for 10 years and wanted to be drug free. The Dr. said it would be a difficult withdrawal process and suggested I get on ...
4 answers • 14 Jan 2010
1 answer • 12 Oct 2013
Has anyone been switched from Effexor to pristiq? I'm thinking about along dr. to let me try it, as?
... the Effexor doesn't seen to be getting me over the hump. I was curious whether it has helped anyone more so?
1 answer • 12 Apr 2014
I have tried Pristiq in the past and it worked well on several symptoms with the least amount of side effects, but beginning it with 50 mg right away ...
3 answers • 28 Feb 2015