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Review by catotamartins (taken for less than 1 month):
For all of those who are hesitant to start... don't be. After only one day on Pristiq I became aware of how imbalanced my brain was and how totally irrational my thoughts were. I know it's hard to admit that you need it, but there is no need to suffer so much. I had almost no side effects (it is day 4 now) and I feel much more confident and calm, no more compulsive crying and victimization. They say it gets better after 3 weeks, if that's the case and I already feel great, I can't wait!
18 users found this comment helpful.
Review by On the right path (taken for less than 1 month):
I was on my 4th try on a antidepressant and was feeling very discouraged. I had many side effects from the other medicines such as sleepiness, headaches, overeating, agitation, and crying spells. My therapist gave me Pristiq. I read about the side effects and was not looking forward to headaches. I took it and had no side effects. On my second day I was doing a lot more things and felt a lot better. Thank God!
13 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Bren112160 (taken for less than 1 month):
Munik....thank you so much for your review. I was telling a friend that I was feeling anxious and irritable today and wasn't sure if my new medication (Pristiq) was for me. It's been 2 weeks and thanks to your words of encouragement I'm hanging in there. I must say I have noticed a decrease in my appetite which is much needed and have felt like exercising for the first time in years.
I have suffered with severe depression for at least 25 years. I wasn't willing to admit that I needed help...just kept trying to power through it. The past year has been a nightmare. I went to a family doctor and was prescribed Wellbutrin. Felt like I was on the verge of becoming psychotic within 1 week. I stopped taking the medicine and just gutted it out. Barely hanging on. Barely surviving. My wife convinced me to go to a psychiatrist and I was prescribed Pristiq. Following my first dose, my life has changed! I never knew how bad off I was until I started taking Pristiq. Before I was SUFFERING everyday of my life. I now feel hope. I now feel confident. I now want to do things with my family. I now have renewed interest in my job. Pristiq has changed my life. I can't believe it. I am so thankful that I have this medicine. I'm kicking myself for not getting help sooner.
30 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for a little over a year now, and I am very happy with it. I am 32 and have been on antidepressants since I was 17. Zoloft worked well for me for many years, then I spent quite a few more years trying different things until I tried Pristiq. I don't remember how long it took to start working, and I haven't had any miraculous weight loss, but I feel like a stable, happy, normal person on it, and that is enough for me. The one warning I will add, if I miss even a day or two I have SERIOUS withdrawals. Depression, obsessing, lots of crying and just generally coming unglued about anything and everything. This is not how I feel or act when I am not on medication, it is definitely a withdrawal, so take with care.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I also want to say I have been taking it for 3 yrs... And it did help with my depression but my sex life was terrible and trying to get off of it has given worst withdrawals ever... But I really think this medicine affects every person differently.
I have suffered from recurrent depression for many years and I can truly say that this is the best medication I have taken so far. I started taking it early in the morning and it worked the same day. It was a 360 degree change on me. It put my serotonin and norepinephrine levels back where they belong. Never had any side effects. I feel like myself again.
19 users found this comment helpful.
This drug has been a miracle for me. I take it with Abilify (5 mgs) - and it has been a God-send. I was on a triple combination of Cymbalta, Welbutrin and Abilify and still did not feel well. Pristiq has helped me tremendously from within a week of onset. I have struggled with depression since 1991 - and have been on a variety of "cocktails" but this one is working the best so far. I still struggle with sleep and anxiety - as I have problems with Doctors treating my anxiety disorder as it should be. Interesting that physicians will treat some things an not others. My only complaint is lacking in sleep - other wise I would recommend this medicine to anyone struggling with depression.
The first couple of sites I went to ten days ago when my Dr gave me 3 wk sample of Pristiq, I read all negative things and was apprehensive to take it. Now, on day 10, I find this site, and I am really happy to read where so many of you have good things to say about Pristiq. So far, I'm experiencing good things. I'm more focused at work, I don't have the hunger pangs I had to eat all the time, and have lost six lbs in 10 days. I also have a little more energy. I'm looking forward to when it really kicks in. But so far I do feel better and I am thankful for that.
15 users found this comment helpful.
I've taking Pristiq for 18 months ...I take it in the morning same time everyday. Sex drive is low and I get the occasionally noise bleed and slight memory loss, and now recently been experiencing headaches. Don't suffer in silence get the help you need even if it's hard ...if you are a male like me suffering is not a choice.
Took about a month to kick in but man it's been awesome. I tried several other things like Wellbutrin, Prozac and Cymbalta and they all either did absolutely nothing or made me feel worse.
Was on Paxil for years and it worked great originally then stopped working all together. Wish I had been on Pristiq years ago. One of the best things about it is the energy it gives me. It definitely is mood lifting. Before Pristiq I couldn't wake up in he morning..now I pop up out of bed at 5am ready to go everyday..even on the weekend!
13 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking Pristiq for 2 years now and feel normal and stable. I have been prescribed Pristiq for major depression which I have experienced most of my post pubertal life. I have taken various medicines which have had differing side effects, e.g. Cipramil, Luvox, Prozac and for me, Pristiq has been the most well tolerated. I have not had any dryness, nausea or dizziness thank heavens. I don't cry for no reason any more and I have not had any suicide thoughts or plans since being on this medicine. I am currently going through a very stressful time (partner out of work) and am considering asking the doctor to increase my dose as I am experiencing unusually high levels of anxiety.
I have suffered depression since the age of 14, and it was never treated. Last year, at age 20, I reached a new extreme. I was volatile, angry, irritated and I withdrew completely from life. It physically hurt me to be around the people I loved. I hated myself, and constantly felt disconnected from the life I was meant to be living. The week my psychologist prescribed me Prisitiq, I had a breakdown at Uni. I went home, sat on the front step and cried silently for hours. The next day, I started Pristiq. I have never felt better. I have bad days, as we all do; however, Pristiq and I are good buddies now, and she never makes me feel sick.
Very good. I was suffering major depression and within 2 weeks I was feeling and functioning much better. I have had only one minor side effect which was constipation but that has been easy to control with more fibre and water in my diet. I consider this medication a life-saver.
I've been on Pristiq 10 days. Prior to this I was crying all the time, feeling overly emotional, and completely overeating due to stress and anxiety. Since starting Pristiq I've noticed that I'm not crying at all, feel more balanced, and am not overeating (in fact I'm making healthy food choices and not snacking nearly as much). Both my improved mood and dropping a few pounds have been great. Overall I feel more in control of my life, and have a bit more energy to do things. So far, this has been a really positive experience.
What a success Pristiq was after being on Effexor which took away my sex drive completely. Now I have my sex drive back.
And I take a large dose of Trazodone to treat fribromyalgia which causes a severe sugar addiction. I mean most of my calories were from sugar, until the Pristiq which eliminated the addiction. Now I just enjoy sugar, but not the super addiction.
And the Pristiq has treated my depression which was terrible after going onto Savella (after the Effexor).
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