I was on Effexor 150mg for 10 years and wanted to be drug free. The Dr. said it would be a difficult withdrawal process and suggested I get on pristiq as it would be easier to withdraw from. What a nightmare! I switched on November 28th from Effexor 150mg to Pristiq 100mg and after 3 weeks went down to 50 mg and then cut in 1/2 (25mg) for 3 days. I've had it... I didn't take any last night. I am at work and feelng so dizzy. What should I do? I need to get through this. I don't want this poison in my body any longer. Can I take anything for dizziness?
I really have no answer for you as I am myself in the - tidious process - of withdrawing from my 50mg daily Pristiq dose. It has been now over a month that I began this process (following a chart given by my physician), and even though I finished and have been completely off the drug for 5 days now, I am still experiencing very strong side effects: dizziness, ringing in my ears and terrible stiffness in my muscles and joints. This drug is a poison our bodies became "addicted" to and we are now suffering withdrawal effects, similar to the ones felt by people on street drugs! I feel so mad and I am going to call my doctor, although I doubt that he can do anything...
I recently decided to go drug free from Pristiq. I have only been on this for two and a half mths. when i started my taper everything seems fine until two days ago. Terrible dizziness almost to point i couldn't drive. i had periods(multiple) electric shock type sensations on the bottom of my feet, hands, mouth, tongue, chest and legs. This was so scarey! I thought i was going crazy. Yesterday, i woke up with terrible vomiting and dizziness and of course tears. I am a nurse and i have seem patient go thru dt's i feel like a heroin addict. Also, i began to have terrible joint pain in my rt hand about a mth and a half ago. Having a terrible time grasping. Pls i would love more feed back on your experience with Pristiq it might help me answer some questions.
I decided to stop taking Pristiq due to extreme constipation and lack of sexual desire. Started taking it mainly due to always feeling tired and achey. The drug helped a GREAT deal with those. Doctor put me on Welbutrin and told me to let the Welbutrin build up in my system before taking myself off Pristiq. 5 days Pristiq free. So far my only side effect has been being very jittery. This just started about two hours ago.
Hi. It's been 16 days since I started weaning from Prestiq. I have been on it for 5 years. Day 16 I have been without it for 4 days after going every other, every 2 and now I'm up to being without for 4 days. I still have nausea and dizziness and headaches. I too wish I knew how much longer I have to suffer.
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