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Is Pristiq presrcibed for pain disorders?

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1 Jan 2010

No. The FDA has not approved Pristiq for a Panic Disorder. It is however FDA approved for Depression which can be the cause of someones Panic Disorder. Your doctor is using it off label or believes that you have depression and wants to treat it to see if it will help with your Anxiety Disorder. Give it some time. It might just work. If it ends up not working I would recommend a Benzodiazepine such as Xanax .25mg as needed for your Panic Disorder. I hope this helps you out. Happy New Years!

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srbmom 5 Jan 2010

My question was misread. I asked about pain not panic disorders. Any different advice? I do take Klonopin for anxiety, Depekote for bipolar & now pristiq.

mitjason 5 Jan 2010

I apologize. I don't know how I missed that. The answer is yes. Antidepressants can help with pain disorders. Many doctor will prescribe an antidepressant before prescribing other narcotic type medications. If you don't experience any pain relief I would recommend trying something called Tramadol (Ultram). You an research it on It can help many people with pain and it's not a controlled substance (Although it most likely will become a controlled substance soon do to the fact that any people abuse this drug). I would also see a Pain Specialist if you experience moderate to severe pain. If it's just mild pain your normal doctor can prescribe something like Tramadol. I hope this helps. Sorry again for misreading your question. I hope this is sufficient.

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