It looks like they are made with similar ingredients ...
Yes they are very similar chemically. Pristiq, which I take, is an improved version of Effexor. Pristiq is slow release and has less side effects.
Hi, jessie! How's this for an answer ~ yes and no? When you take Effexor your body breaks it down into different chemicals called metabolites. Pristiq is a synthetically produced duplicate of Effexor's main metabolite.
It's thought that skipping this one step may help prevent some side effects and be more easily tolerated, but it's still being debated if it's any more effective. Generally, because people respond differently to different drugs, and Pristiq is slightly different, some people may find Pristiq more effective and tolerable.
Best wishes, WCV
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