depression how long does it take before I feel better and think more clear.
Hello, rc1058... I really dont know much about Lexapro and nothing about pristiq... I do,however know, that it does take some time for meds to get into your system and do thier stuff. So, give this new one a chance(maybe even two weeks or so) and ALWAYS do as your doctor tells you. Meds for anxiety and depression should not be taken lightly nor incorectly... Take care...
I did the exact same thing about 5-6 months ago (that is, I switched-over from Lexapro to Pristiq b/c the Lexapro just wasn't doing anything for me anymore). Anyway, I definitely felt some side effects during the beginning that went away after a week or so (dry mouth, some light headedness, and some jitteriness), and I actually noticed a "marked" increase in my mood within the first couple of weeks.
That may give you something to look-forward to, but the truth of the matter is that not everyone is the same; I've talked to people who didn't notice anything from Pristiq until 3 or 4 weeks. Also, I take Xanax for anxiety (which I was on before, so I just continued to take it as I switched from Lexapro to Pristiq), so I am not sure how Pristiq might affect your anxiety on its own. That being said, though, I have found that the great majority of people who have switched from Lexapro to Pristiq notice a significant lift in their mood somewhere around 1-2 weeks after they have totally tapered off of the Lexapro and are only taking the Pristiq.
Let me know if I can be of any further help... I will certainly answer any other questions you may have, and I wish you the best of luck trying this new medication!
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