I have been taking Pristiq for over 5 months. I was only taking xanax at night before bed but as time went on my anxiety and panic attacks had gotten worse. When I was first prescribed pristiq my DR told me to take the xanax 3 times a day, I told him I didn't want to take it 3 times a day because i am afraid of taking of taking any pills. I went back to the DR. about a month into taking pristiq explaining my issues of increased anxiety. I agreed to start taking the xanax 3 times a day at first .5 mg in the am, .5 at noon and 1 mg at bed. I was fine for a few weeks and then I had a major breakdown after I got out of work. I called my Dr and he told me to take 1mg in the am,1mg mid day and the full 2 mg at bed. Is there anyone else out there that is on this combination? I am seeing a therapist to help me as well. Any advise would be great.
I am completely honest with my Dr. I tell him that I drink a glass of wine at night or a joint he has not issue with this. Again I am on the meds for anxiety not depression. I have never taken more xanax than prescribed. Honesty is the best policy in my opinion.
So far the pristiq has been hard to get used to, many side effects. The xanax helps with the side ecffects. I really have no one to talk to. My fiance has never had panic attacks or anxiety so talking to him is hard. I just switched therapists due to my other therapist retiring... wish me luck.
Anthony J