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?
8 Sep 2015
I have taken a 50 mg dose of Pristiq daily for approximately 5 years. I decided, 15 days ago, to discontinue using this drug because of medication fatigue ( my personal opinion ), I no longer work and am able to live a fuller and more healthy lifestyle and I am required to take other drugs for two other physical, medical conditions.I am a 68 year old male of decent health and pretty physically active and fit. The first 8 days I took Pristiq every other day thinking that a more gradual cessation would increase my chances of being successful, although I've read contradictory articles about this method. I understand that the Pristiq takes quite a while to work its way out of one's system. The last 7 days, I have taken no Pristiq.
I suspect each person will react differently, but here is a list of my withdrawal symptoms thus far : Fatigue, happy and laugh more, cry easily for not always an apparent reason, I'm more talkative…..my wife likes this, moments of confusion or forgetfulness, increased appetite, much less intense and able to relax more but having insomnia. My mind races sometimes
when I'm trying to sleep. I have no idea how long this process will last……but I'm determined to see it through. If anything of material value occurs or changes, I'll offer a followup. Best of Luck…..
12 Jul 2015
This a related question: I have none of the side effects listed anywhere for Pristiq and it is a miracle drug for my hard-to-treat-lifelong depression. However, recently I have been getting brain zaps even though I take the medication regularly. I just took a second one to ward off mild zaps ( I already had one this morning) and I have a very faint feeling of little zaps still. Am I developing some kind of immunity to this drug? Please, anyone with knowledge of this or with this experience please share. I hate the idea of taking an extra pill just to get rid of zaps.
12 Feb 2016
I was on Pristiq for about 3 months and it made me want to do nothing but sleep most days I wasn't working and made me very crabby and uninterested in doing anything. I started weaning myself off of it about 12 days ago and still feel like crap! I was experiencing the terrible brain zaps, but they are nearly gone. I do have issues with my cognitive functions still and I have flu-like symptoms. The only thing that helps me feel "normal" is alprazolam. It's a life saver!! I was taking Pristiq for anxiety. I am much more sociable now that I am off that crap!!! I am also much more engaged in life and have the desire to do things again. Good luck to all of you contemplating taking this med or those of you considering going off of it!!
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!
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.
6 Apr 2015
I am currently weaning off Pristiq 100. My Dr had me cut my 100s in half and take 1 (50 mg) every day for 2 weeks and then take that half pill every other day for 2 weeks. Wow. I am on the 1st week of every other day and today was the first day I really had a rough time with it. Symptoms include: headache, tiredness, stomach pain, nausea, shaky, crying, cold chills, then hot feelings, dizziness, mind zaps, and overall anxiety. I can't wait for this drug to be out of my system. Good luck to all of you who are in the same boat.
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.
1 Feb 2015
I don't know that's what I want to know.. I am having terrible withdrawal symptoms.. Crying, very bad night sweats, teeth chattering,headaches, stomach pain, heart racing before and in the midst of waking up from a restless night, and the feeling of coming to a stop on an elevator.. I guess that's the brain zaps everyone is calling it.. Im too looking for help, I am having the worse time of my life because of this med.. I will be so happy when its completely out of my system. I started taking it two weeks ago and stopped because my insurance won't pay for it, it has now been two full days since I quit
11 Aug 2015
I have been on Pristiq for 1 month after coming off Effexor. I was prescribed 100mg Pristiq and 300mg Wellbutrin. I have been on lexapro, effexor, and Pristiq and none of them work for me the way they should. My doctor told me to begin splitting the pill into 1/4 sizes. I am now taking a 1/4 every other day (if I can make it that long). The withdrawal from Pristiq is like nothing I have ever experienced in my entire life. Dizziness, brain zaps, hand swelling and ringing ears. I can deal with everything except for the dizziness. Now I am on 20mg Adderal in the a.m. and 10mg Adderal in the p.m. and still on the 300mg Wellbutrin and I feel really good. I will NEVER take Pristiq or Effexor again and I will never recommend anyone else try either of them. Pristiq is the most horrific drug that I know of with withdrawal side effects.
Now on the 1/4 every other day I would just love to know how much longer I need to do this and how much longer the brain zaps, ringing ears, and dizziness will last.
11 Aug 2015
Seriously these withdrawals are the worst! I've been on pristiq for over a year and it really has been the best in helping me overcome depression. I'm on 100mg and slowly weaning. And it sucks. Mind zaps (if you don't know what the means... you will know exactly what it is when it happens), nausea, fatigue, freezing then burning up, anxiety, dizzy spells, and stomach issues. I'm thankful that this drug worked so well... but man I can't wait for it to be out of my system! Any detox tips or anything to speed that process up... if that's even possible?!
17 Dec 2014
I've been on Pristiq 100mg for 3 years. I was diagnosed with major depression, anxiety and bulimia. Personally, I didn't notice much of a difference while taking it. But when I missed a dose by a day I'd feel extremely hungover and couldn't concentrate. My psychiatrist said something that I took really personally and just didn't want to go back to him, so he stopped prescribing me pristiq. I realized I couldn't get anymore refills with about 3 tablets left. So I cut them in half and took the halves every other day and then cut them in fourths. This was hell, especially during my final week of college. I'd hear my name being called a few times (slight auditory and visual hallucinations...
Extremely freaky) My significant other almost broke up because Of my crazy mood swings, I was having brain zaps all the time, cried at basically anything and everything, binged on so much 'junk food,' and probably gained about ten pounds. Also a few days ago I went out to a restaurant and fainted/passed and wet my pants in the process, it was probably because I was dehydrated but it was extremely scary.. Because I wasn't sure if it tied in with being off of pristiq. I've been off completely for about a week now. I feel a lot better than before, I still get occasional brainZaps, am tired often and am drinking a ton of water. Also I notice I get chills where it feels like my toenails and fingernails are going to fall off.. It feels like my sensory nerves are a little off at times. This is the absolute worse drug to get off of.
I'm so thankful for this support group. I'd like to hear anyone's opinions or related stories... Stick in there everyone.
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.
- Pristiq Information for Consumers
- Pristiq Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pristiq (detailed)
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