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Reviews for Pristiq to treat Depression
Review by 1SweetLady:
Was prescribed this medication on Friday, August 28th of this year. So it has only been 5 days since I first started taking it . I have never been on any anti-depressant medication before. Didn't know I was depressed until the doctor said that I was. I went to him with complaints of stress (mostly work-related, some personal), weight gain (seems I focus on food and cravings a lot more these days, not to mention that I had a car accident on 4/03/09 and broke my neck, had to wear a halo for 3 months so that could also explain my weight gain of almost 30lbs), and difficulty falling asleep. Side effects so far have been; insomnia, no changes really in appetite, and failure to have an orgasm!
I have been taking 50mg Pristiq for 3 days. I can't believe the difference I felt within the first 24 hours. My depression and anxiety have eased. My body aches and pains have subsided. I hope you will try this medicine. I haven't felt this normal in years!
45 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Pristiq now for about 4 months. I could tell the difference in my moods almost right away. Every little thing used to make me cry, but not any longer. The only side effect I experienced was dry mouth. Really wish I could have felt a decrease in appetite. The withdrawals are pretty bad for me though. One day I forgot to take it and almost pulled my hair out. I was crying uncontrollably over nothing which I didn't even do before taking the medicines. I was also having major brain zaps. I recommend coming off slowly. All in all though, I love it.
19 users found this comment helpful.
I've been taking Pristiq for 2 full months now. It helps me get up and out of the house and I don't feel as hopeless. People aren't getting on my nerves as much either. Continuing side effects for me are sleepiness, headaches and a rise in blood pressure. I'm seeing my doctor to taper off as the side effects are too much.
In the first few weeks I noticed a dramatic loss of appetite which has unfortunately gone away. I have some weight to lose. For a while there I was eating like a "normal" person, which was really nice.
I've been on everything, most recently Prozac and Cymbalta. Just don't know if there's anything left to try.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I'm back on Pristiq after having tried several other medications due to sexual side effects. I had taken Prozac for 20 years and had tried countless other medicines. Prozac stopped working and none of the others made me feel normal like Pristiq. My doctor recommended that I take my Pristiq every other day or not to take it on days when I want to have sex. Now I can ejaculate again and have a great sex life. Thanks Pristiq. It feels so good to be normal again.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Pristiq for 10 days now. The first two and a half days I felt sick, dizzy and fuzzy. I have had no side effects since. Lost 2.5 lbs the first week, which is a plus. Was on Lexapro a few years ago and gained a lot of weight. I also suffer from panic attacks and am taking Xanax when needed. Going through divorce, 23 year marriage.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I've been taking Pristiq for almost a year. I feel the best I've ever felt. I have had a huge spike in cholesterol and am on medicine now to control. It is a recognized side effect. If I miss one day, I'm really messed up emotionally and physically. My head feels funny and I have uncontrollable sadness and anxiety. Once I take the medicine at my next dose all those feelings go away. If I ever need or decide to go off this medicine I will make sure to take it extremely slow.
34 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Pristiq for almost a month. It's great. No pill will deliver a miracle so keep that in mind. Side effects are negligible. I do have a reduced sex drive but I also had that with Celexa. However, there was a time I was on Celexa and had no sexual dysfunction so it's difficult to quantify.
I tried taking Pristiq for 6 days. The side effects were so bad I could not function. I could not work, eat, or sleep and felt nauseous. My vision was blurry. My mouth was so dry and my appetite was non existent. I only weigh 111 lbs and I do not need to miss a meal. I have stopped taking this medication. I was taking 50mg and this is the first medicine I have ever taken for depression.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 3 days now. Some side effects I've had are dry mouth, dilated pupils, trouble sleeping (going to start taking it early morning now) and sweating during the night-time. I just spoke to my Doctor who said to cut my 50 mg dose pills in half and start taking half in the morning to see if the side effects subside. The good things are: I have energy, no more food cravings, no more crying episodes and I feel more at ease during stressful moments.
12 users found this comment helpful.
I have been depressed for a very long time. Always try so many different kind of medicines but Pristiq seems to be working great. I have already lost 12lbs in 3 weeks and I feel a lot better, with my mood swings being better. My kids have noticed a big difference in me. The only side effect was stomach was hurting but it went away. The only thing is that I feel a little down but I don't know if it's because of my PMS. I go to the doctor tomorrow and we'll see what he says but other then that I have more motivation then I ever did before. I always give up on other pills but this one seems to work. I could enjoy my life again. I just hope if they increase the dose to 100 that I will feel better and I won't be disappointed.
15 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 6 months. The first two months, nothing happened. The third and fourth months were great. I was well balanced, no longer angry all of the time. I had motivation to do things, and I felt like I finally had the ambition to do something with my life. And then Pristiq just stopped working for me. As if my body had grown immune to it. I am still talking it regularly every day but I feel just as horrible as I felt before I started taking it. I am going to see a doctor next week to find out why it just stopped working for me. It's not fair! I read so many reviews on how it has changed peoples lives and fixed their depression. I was so happy to think that I'd gotten the same result. I can't find a reliable drug.
184 users found this comment helpful.
Wrapping up week 8 with Pristiq. First depression treatment attempt, therefore unable to compare to similar drugs. Notable: elevated mood, on-and-off headaches, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, decreased appetite, consistent sex drive. Positive effects of drug definitely outweigh set backs. Thanks Pristiq. Everyone is different and therefore no two people are expected to react the same.
20 users found this comment helpful.
I have had depression for years due to situations that added to it continually. I have tried every pill made to help. Usually within 3 days I would take myself off them because of gaining weight within that period of 3 to 5 pounds, also feeling awful to the point of despair. I had neck surgery that left me with pain everyday to the point of not wanting to live. My pain management Doctor prescribed Pristiq along with epidural procedures for pain. Within the first day of taking Pristiq I felt a great difference in my mood. Within 3 days I knew this medicine was totally different. I have been on it for a month now and the only side effects I've had have been minor. It's been a great month of feeling more like my old self.
28 users found this comment helpful.
I normally don't write these things but, Pristiq is fantastic. I have tried so many medications and none of them seemed to work. They all had bad side effects except this one. I know it's a bit early but I've been on it for three days and I can already see a difference. It has minor side effects in the beginning like a wee bit of nausea/dizziness and restlessness but it's so worth it! I feel so happy all the time it's great and I also feel more focused and energetic. I used to stress about everything and feel miserable. Trust me anyone who suffers from depression, anxiety, stress, you need to at least try this before you try anything. It makes you feel less hungry so you are likely to focus of food, which is a bonus.
51 users found this comment helpful.
The very first day I took Pristiq I had severe headaches and I never get headaches. I had diarrhea within the first hour that I took the pill. I couldn't finish my food because I haven't been feeling well, and I felt extremely dizzy. I haven't been taking it very long, but I've been sick ever since I started taking the pill.
24 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 2 months now and I love it. I had a breakdown in my Doctors office. I hadn't been sleeping well and was really depressed. He said you need something to help you now. Within 2 days all the waterworks had stopped and I felt better. I take 50mg first thing with my breakfast. Never had any side effects at all. Went back after 2 weeks and told him I was feeling better but still not sleeping well. He gave me Xanax for anxiety small dose 0.25mg before bed and now I sleep great. I wake up feeling a little tired but do a few stretching exercises and eat a good breakfast that gives me energy for the day. I feel better than I have in 2 years. God Bless You All.
73 users found this comment helpful.
I don't know how I have lived for 34 years without this medication. Pristiq has for me been a God send. I am now 5 weeks in, and have never felt this clear and focused. It's not a miracle worker, the situations I face daily still get me cranky and stressed, but I don't seethe anymore. I used to get angry with my kids for being "naughty", and stay angry for ages, just getting worse and worse. Now I take the time to be a "Mum", talking to them and not stressing about the little things they do. As for side effects, I had a little nausea, and irritability (which I still have at times, but I have 4 kids under 4, and my husband works away from home) but overall it's much more pleasant in our house. Good luck to everyone.
70 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 2 months now. Within 2 weeks I felt a major difference when I wake up in the morning and throughout the day. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for years without treatment. Pristiq is the first antidepressant I have been on and I can't believe I have gone this long without it.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I too started Pristiq after 17 years of being on antidepressants. I also have tried everything out there. I did not feel anything at all for the first 2 weeks. However, I started to have these slight body aches - never did I attribute this to the medicine. After another week on this medication, I also could not stay awake for longer than 2 hours at a time. I began having body aches. I could not make it through a day at work, I could barely get out of bed in the morning, and there was no way I could do my household chores. I had many blood tests ran and everything came back normal. I finally realized it may be the Pristiq and after just 3 days of being off of it, I was completely pain free and not tired.
26 users found this comment helpful.
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