I had a severe head injury and it made my depression worse. I was on Effexor and it stopped working. Dr. put me on Lithium and Lamictal which had side effects I couldn't live with. According to what I've read, Pristiq doesn't have any of the same effects. I have no energy, no get up and go, no desire to go anywhere and unless I have to get up and go to work, no nothing. any answers?
I have been on an antidepressant for many many years. I recently started Pristiq and have found it very satisfactory. It has given me energy and motivation that I was lacking. I sleep less and am able to concentrate better. Incidently, I also take Wellbutrin with the Pristiq which helps with the concentration piece.
I highly recommend Pristiq. I only had mild side effects when I first started this medication which included nausea and head ache. These side effects subsided with continued use. I no longer experience any side effects other than excessive sweating which I can live with.
Pristiq is very similar to Effexor in chemical make up but is a newer version of the Effexor which does have less side effects.
Hope this helps,
You'll need to speak with your psychiatrist. I don't have bipolar disorder, just depression. My psych happens to be an expert in bipolar disorder. She asked me a lot of questions about mania in our first consultation--- not b/c she was trying diagnose me with it, but b/c Pristiq can cause an increase in manic episodes, and so is often not a good choice for manic-depression, unless something for the mania is also prescribed. Getting the right balance is hard for people with bipolar disorder, but it CAN happen. Wishing you luck!
Wow, I happen to take effexor 300mg daily... I have never taken prestiq, but have taken wellbutrin and does not work for me.. it aggravates anxiety/panic/OCD. The energy that comes with wellbutrin has a price... effexor doesn't help with energy, I love the sound of having more energy, but I would not be able to cope with nausea and headaches.
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