My Dr. gradually tapered my dose, but the side effects are horrible. I am having dizziness, mind zaps, chills, emotional craziness & just real tired of feeling like this. I took my last dose 5 days ago. How much longer will this last?
15 Jan 2012
Unfortunately it could last another week or so, but since it has already been almost a week the withdrawal effects should gradually lessen. If it really is unbearable you could try the lowest dose of Pristiq and take it every other day for a couple of weeks, then every third day for a couple of weeks before stopping again.
20 Feb 2012
It will take time. I have been going through the very long withdrawal process over the past 2 months, have been completely off the nasty drug for 23 days, and am STILL having slight withdrawal symptoms (dizzy, mind zaps, headache). I am hoping that they will end soon as I am now on an actual detox program to get rid of the drug. HORRIBLE DRUG with HORRIBLE WITHDRAWAL symptoms... would have been nice to know when I first started taking it. Good luck - look to friends and family for support - take vitamins and eat as healthy as you can. When you think you may be going "crazy"... try not to panic, take a deep breath and know that it's the drug and not you.
6 Oct 2012
1 day 8 hours ago
I have been on Prestiq since June 2012 50mgs daily. I'm on day 4 of quitting cold turkey. First two days I didn't feel any different unti day 3 and 4. Been getting brain zaps all day. They are not to bothersome just don't move your eyes or head around to quick. I did puke yesterday, only because I exercised. Maybe I shouldn't have. I thought the withdrawals would be worse but they are not, thank god. I didn't want to taper off because I felt I would be prolonging the withdrawal symptoms. I didn't want to take a pill for the rest of my life so I quit. My wife says I've changed and that I was distant and wanted me back. I actually got worse when I started taking the pills. I had many anxiety attacks the first three weeks while on it. Oh I forgot to mention, I was on prestiq for anxiety only not depression. I hope my side of the story about prestiq helps. Any questions, feel free to ask away.
26 Apr 2014
I know this post is old, however, I hope someone like me who was searching for answers finds this post helpful. I was on Prestiq for four years and have just started tapering off of the drug. I have experienced withdrawals but after a couple of weeks I have found myself drug free and getting stronger! I have found that I like myself and my life so much better without the use of this drug. First and foremost I have used the power of prayer! I do not have the strength to overcome these symptoms alone, but through prayer for each new day, I am overcoming and getting stronger one day at a time. Secondly, eat clean!! Junk creates brain fog and I am learning the power of food. Let me recommend Rick Warren's book "The Daniel Plan" to help get started.
Third, Exercise! I have found that this helps me get each day started! Leslie Sansone's DVD "Walk Strong" can be found at WalMart and is a very doable program that helps to get you moving! I know this sounds simple but with 1) Prayer 2) Proper Diet and 3) Exercise , I am gaining my life back one day at a time! Praise God!
- Pristiq Information for Consumers
- Pristiq Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pristiq (detailed)
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