... to side effects, so I changed to Pristiq but I don't see any information online on whether Pristiq also treats anxiety and panic attacks?
I found this on Web MD
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What conditions does this medication treat?
Pristiq Oral is used to treat the following:
Major Depressive Disorder
Pristiq Oral may also be used to treat:
Panic Disorder, Repeated Episodes of Anxiety, Extreme Apprehension or Fear of Social Interaction, "Change of Life" Signs, Neuropathic Pain."
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I have had anxiety and panics since I was six years old. I often thought it may have been due to Catholic school and Nuns. Now I know it is because of the serotonin uptake and chemicals in our brains. In 1986 I finally got sick of the attacks and what they were doing to my husband and my children. I couldn't go to school functions or field trips with them due to anxiety. I was prescribed Celexa (an antidepressant) and clonazepam (a benzo - valium like drug). I believe you need to be taking both drugs to help relieve your anxiety and panics. After the third day of taking the drugs I was so much better and relief was welcome and continuous. I wish you well in dealing with these problems and if you have any other questions I would be glad to discuss them with you.
"How Does Pristiq Treat Panic Disorder?
Naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, known as neurotransmitters, are responsible for various bodily functions. It is believed that these chemical messengers are imbalanced for those with mental health conditions. Antidepressants work to bring stability back to certain neurotransmitters.
Pristiq specifically impacts the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which are thought to be unstable for panic disorder sufferers. Serotonin influences a person’s mood and sleep regulation. Norepinephrine is connected to the fight-or-flight response or the way in which a person reacts to stress and anxiety.
Pristiq can help bring equilibrium to these two neurotransmitters which can lead to reduced anxiety, less severe panic attacks, and enhanced mood."
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