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Reviews for Pristiq to treat Depression
Review by BrentC (taken for less than 1 month):
I have been off and on meds for many years, I thought 120mg of Cymbalta a day was working, then I went to see another DR about racing thoughts and ways that I could end my life. So the DR and I went over my protocol with a fine tooth comb and he moved some things around. He put me on Pristiq (oh great another one to try) but this was different. I started with 50 mg and then to 100 mg within 48 hours. He also added Valium 10 mg 4 times a day and I feel great. Everything is changing for the good and I hope that you talk with your DR about this. The only thing bad I can say about this medicine is that I wished that I had found it sooner.
61 users found this comment helpful.
I'm 22, and my doctor changed me from Effexor to Pristiq for my OCD and OCPD. Most noticeable side effect is definitely the appetite loss, but I don't seem to be losing much weight thankfully. If I'm busy and don't think about it, I go all day without food- it's nuts. Also I am having a lot of headaches, but I cannot be sure its the medicine. I sweat A LOT on this, and if I take it too late in the day I cannot sleep. My OCD seems to be in check- much better than Effexor. I've been taking 50 mg for 5 months now.
33 users found this comment helpful.
I switched from Effexor when Pristiq became available at the suggestion of my psychiatrist. Effexor was an improvement on my previous medication but I still suffered some anxiety and I experienced increased sweating. Pristiq seems to have reduced my anxiety levels and the sweating may have eased slightly and also, my mood improved. More recently I have also been prescribed dextroamphetamine (for ADHD), which improved my mood further, enabling me to halve my daily dose of Pristiq to 100 mg. I did this with the aim of reducing my sweating coming into summer (I am a resident of Sydney, Australia where the summers are typically hot and humid).
21 users found this comment helpful.
I was suffering severe depression from a total inability to cope with a traumatic situation I had been through. Pristiq worked wonders the first couple of weeks. I was enjoying life again. Silly me, I didn't pay any attention to the side effect information. It all started with significant weight loss 25 lbs. I originally weighed 120lbs, then I stopped sleeping. I became panicked, one pupil became very dilated. Terrible situation.
30 users found this comment helpful.
After suffering from mild depression and anxiety, I was much anticipated to use this medicine to help me. I have to date been on this medicine for close to 5 weeks, and I can say the first two-three weeks may have been hard to get through, but I managed, and I can happily say; this may be the best medicine on the market for fighting/ combating depression! I can't remember the last I have felt like this! Thank you Pristiq for bringing me back to what I used to be!
67 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on many medication for depression with associated panic attacks. Nothing has worked but since my doctor prescribed me Pristiq CR 50 mg and I can now officially say it's changed my life! I'm a survivor of many tragic events and feel like I'm not a victim anymore. I do clench my teeth more often but so what this side effect is nothing to compare to my unwillingness to live! Give it time, three months or more you'll feel better I promise!
56 users found this comment helpful.
I took one 50mg tab of Pristiq. 12 hours later, I ended up in the ER with heart rate of 140, BP of 198/102. ER admitted me to the hospital. I then had 3 episodes of my heart pounding in my chest and reaching a peak of 150 beats in a matter of seconds and then going back down. For many this medicine is a good thing, for me it was a nightmare.
19 users found this comment helpful.
I am a 48 yr old woman diagnosed with depression & chronic fatigue. Took Pristiq for 4 months. My entire system was taxed! I became very angry, argumentative over-reacting to mostly everything, communicating ineffectively, raging, I never relaxed - insomnia! Major increase in pain, muscle spasm, migraines!,involuntary muscle movement, etc.! Getting off of it was a nightmare! More than a week of constant 24 hr. sickening withdrawal- vomiting, dizziness, confusion, severe pain muscle spasm migraines depression thoughts that I would never make it through! The only thing that helped was Prozac-20mg Vicodin-5-300 & Tramadol-50mg as needed to Break Pain Cycle!
21 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Pristiq for 18 months 100mg. It took 4 to 5 weeks to help me have a relaxed outlook on life. I still have a lot of the side effects you are all talking about. If I forget to take the pills for a day or two I fall straight back to the place I was.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I was treated for depression with Pristiq for a little over a year. I had previously tried multiple other antidepressants, to no avail. Once I started taking Pristiq I felt like a whole new person. I was energetic when I woke up, I had increased motivation, and I was finally happy. The side effects were minimal. When I first began taking it, I slept a lot more than usual, which almost made me quit taking it. I lost about 20 pounds in the first few months. The one negative that I experienced was the clenching of my jaw. In the mornings I could barely open my mouth because my jaw was so tight from clenching it shut all night. I eventually was at a point in my life where I felt that I no longer needed medication, and went off of Pristiq.
45 users found this comment helpful.
I tried many other medications without help. I was so depressed and anxious I could not live my life. Pristiq is the the only thing that has helped. I am living life now with out being in a deep depression and without anxiety. The only problem is I have gained 30 pounds since starting Pristiq a year ago. I do work out, but I still gain weight. I hate the weight gain, but like living my life now.
26 users found this comment helpful.
I am 26, female and have been on Pristiq for a little over 18 months. It worked fantastic for the first year, my anxiety and depression was under control for the first time ever. For the last few months though I have noticed a lot more side effects, I have gained weight and although my sex drive hasn't dropped I find it very hard to reach orgasm. Also if I miss one day I have really bad withdrawals - migraine headaches, nausea, dizzy spells and out of control emotions. I think Pristiq is great for short term use but I'm not convinced its good as a long term option.
31 users found this comment helpful.
I'm blown away and I'm only at the end of my first week. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic but I feel amazing! Like I was meant to always feel. I've suffered with severe depression and anxiety most of my life tried many medications nothing worked and up until today I thought Pristiq wasn't for me the first few days were hell. My anxiety shot through the roof had the runs and racing pulse up until I fell asleep last night. Woke up this morning feeling a little groggy, caught the train to work. All of a sudden I feel calm and happy. Seriously this if it stays like this will change my life! I'm sweating a little but nothing too major. My vision seems clearer, I feel more focused already.
26 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 3 weeks now. First week, a mild headache, and insomnia, but after reading forums I would take it early in morning, and sleep improved. This is the first antidepressant I have taken. I felt wonderful, and thought wow this is what I have been missing! Things that bothered me before, became insignificant. Week 2 much of the same. Week 3 I feel tired and slightly flat, much the same as I did before. I had an anxious moment but distracted myself and it passed. First time I actively felt anxious. I will continue to see how it goes. Having feel the amazing, stable, elevated mood in the begining makes me consider riding it out.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I was on Celexa for a year and a half due to post partum. I slowly weened off it and was off for 6 months before the depression came back. I was then put on Pristiq. Big mistake. After 4 days, my pupils were dilated and I had sweats daily. I ended up being admitted to emergency and they said I had serotonin syndrome. Too much for me.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Pristiq has been the first and only anti-depressant I've taken, so I didn't know what to expect.
What I got from the daily pill was an aid, it was like having crutches; it just helped me do what I needed to do.
The first week I felt different, along with the slight nausea in the morning (I took it at night after dinner), and yawning which was only slightly annoying.
Overall it was a 100% experience.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I have tried them all. Did not like the side effects from basically all of them. Pristiq is different. The the side effects seem almost the same but different in a few ways. I love sex. Taking Pristiq has the same results as the other medicines with one exception. Stop taking for a day and you are back in business. The other medicines would take much longer to get out of your system.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on 50mg for about 3 months now. Practically no side effects to begin with and immediate relief of anxiety. A litlle too sleepy to begin with. Today I am feeling optimistic, less negative thinking and overall a lot better. With time the sexual side effects have turned stronger - I basically have very little sex drive and cannot orgasm. Occasionally I have very mild anxiety as I have stayed on 50mg despite the doctor having told me to increase the dosage. But the overall result is very positive and I will only change it if the sexual issues become too uncomfortable.
I've been on Pristiq now for 4 months and it has changed my life for the better. Pristiq needs time to work though. During the first few weeks I had no desire to eat anything. Then after the 3rd week I got my appetite back. I've went from 150 pounds 3 months ago to 170 today. Back to where I was. I've gotten energy back whilst on Pristiq and my desire to do things has returned. To those who are optimistic about Pristiq I recommend that you give it a chance.
21 users found this comment helpful.
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