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User Reviews for Desvenlafaxine to treat Bipolar Disorder

Also known as: Pristiq

Desvenlafaxine has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 17 ratings for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder. 65% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 12% reported a negative effect.

Desvenlafaxine Rating Summary

7.1/10 average rating

17 ratings from 18 user reviews.

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Reviews for Desvenlafaxine

kitty carryall May 9, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder just a few months ago. I'm 25 and let me say this medicine works great. I could tell a difference within the first week and my husband (whom I was driving absolutely crazy) saw a huge change too. I feel happier now and the "manicness" has gone away. I have noticed the weight loss but not too much. I was weighing in at 160lbs and now I'm down to 150lbs so 10 lbs in the past 2 months is good. My sex life is back to normal where I hope it will stay. I feel like a better mother and wife now, all because of Pristiq.”

10 / 10
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JannW78 February 8, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I Have been on a million different medications through out my life for my bipolar disorder and nothing seemed to be working. After 2 days of being on Pristiq MY WHOLE LIFE changed. I have only been on it for a short time now but I am a whole new happy person. I feel like me again. THANK YOU PRISTIQ!”

10 / 10
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ntucker99 March 23, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I started taking this medication in conjunction with Lamictal. Although it is not recommended, my psychiatrist suggested for the first few days I cut the 50mg tablet in half. I am glad I did. After reading everyone's reviews about the stomach upset and headaches, I decided it might be beneficial. I took 25mg for about 6 days then upped to 50mg. I had slight stomach upset and a few mild headaches. I take it as soon as I wake no later than 8am. I have seen a huge reduction in my appetite. I was a binge eater of sweets before I started and at 5'3' weighed in at 150lbs. In three weeks I have lost 4lbs. This is the most stable I have been since I can remember.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous April 2, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “My doctor replaced Prozac with Pristiq in hopes it would be more effective in fighting my depression. At first I thought I was in heaven. I'm in my late 50's and never felt this good ever. I also lost 30 lbs! As time passed, I became more and more manic. (not a feel good manic either). Had to get off of it. Shame. When it was working for me it was better than anything I've ever tried.”

4 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 19, 2018

“I started taking this medication along with a mood stabilizer. The mood stabilizer alone didn’t work for my rapid cycling. As soon as I took Pristiq, my cycling stopped and felt ‘normal’ again. No more mania. I’ve been on it 2 years and it’s been amazing! However, DO NOT stop taking this medication as you WILL suffer withdrawal symptoms that I can only imagine feel like coming off meth or heroin.”

10 / 10
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loose cannon2 July 9, 2016

“I was on lexapro for the depression side of my bipolar, and it stopped working, crying spells at work and agitation. Doc just switched me to pristiq and so far I seem to be doing well. I've only been on it 3 days-the only side effect I am having is feeling very drugged, but the sadness is gone and I was able to apologize to someone I lashed out at. I'm gonna stay on it, even though I feel drugged Im sticking with it. Im also on latuda and trazadone. It sure beats the hell I've been through in the past. I will update in a few months and tell you if I continue to do well.”

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Crazy mum from oz November 1, 2016

“After trying many other medications and failing my doctor finally gave me this beauty and my life is much better. I like myself my kids and husband again! Lol. Not only has it given me back my happiness it also helped me maintain my focus on my weight issues and given me that edge for life i had never ever experienced truly. Side effects of insomina and suppressed appetite (which is a win when all you do is eat on other meds) First few days heart rate was up but slowed down after the drugs was in my system 100. Warning! Do not stop taking abruptly!!! You will feel like a herion addict with no hit!”

9 / 10
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Anonymous March 12, 2016

“I started taking Pristiq 100mg Last July. Initially I had headaches, mood swings, anxiousness and found it hard to sleep. This lasted about a week. With the initial combination of melatonin I was able to get into a routine of taking the pristiq in the morning and melatonin at night, both roughly at the same time to sleep the same amount each day. For nine months I have taken pristiq by itself now and have found that it has significantly decreased anxiety, stopped me from internalising almost completely and has reduced my mood swings considerably. I have slightly reduced sex drive, put on a bit of weight and a want to smoke and fidget. I have found pristiq beneficial to my life but frustrating at times.”

9 / 10
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Porkchoptaco January 25, 2019

“Was taking with lamictal for BP2. Wanted to try after having a year of success with Effexor in treating depression 2 years ago. Back then I was under-diagnosed so I took no mood stabilizer. Pristiq was nothing near Effexor to me. Was on 25mg for the past 8 weeks. Week one: insomnia, anxiety, worse mood. Week 2: lifted mood, minor mood swings, mild anxiety, excitability, slight increase in interest in pleasurable activities, slight decrease in confidence, spontaneity, social speaking. Week 3: short, depressive episode, apathy, lethargy. Sleep slightly improved. Week 4: everything from weeks 2&3. Also, MY FIRST PANIC ATTACK! from then on, heightened feelings that I could have a panic attack if I thought about it. Increased anxiety. Stopped taking it. Although I know I was on a very low dose, I just knew that it won’t work for me. I am on day 3 without it and I feel better but I know relapse is coming soon but so is my appointment. Half life: 11 hours. Really???”

4 / 10
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Kelli 2112 September 16, 2016

“Worked great up until Tuesday when I had a sudden attack of dizziness that dropped me to the floor. This continued for two days and I finally called the doc yesterday who took me off of it. I went back to lexapro as I had no side effects with it. It's too soon to tell if I will have any withdrawal from it, but I'm hoping not, I have a busy day at work today. I'm glad to be off it though, I had a dizzy spell a few minutes ago but it was not bad and stopped quickly. Guess I'll stick to lexapro and just deal with the depression as it comes.”

6 / 10
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Susan Jarnagin November 16, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Pristiq gives me energy and brings me up from the deep depression when no other anti-depressant can. I haven't had to take a huge dose to get that effect either, which is fantastic.”

8 / 10
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BipolarMommy April 26, 2018

“Pristiq is the best medicine ever for bipolar. I'm on 75 mg morning and 25mg afternoon.”

10 / 10
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yeayeakitty May 26, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I found out that I'm allergic to this medicine. It caused symptoms of serotonin syndrome. ”

4 / 10
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Hugo · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 2, 2021

“I feel less irritability”

9 / 10
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Anonymous November 18, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Great medicine! Makes me a bit jittery but a very light dose of anti-anxiety medicines take care of that.”

8 / 10
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FL_Neil · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 12, 2018

“Someone posted that Greenstone is owned by Pfizer and their generic is basically the brand - it's true! You have to special order from CVS and it's more expensive”

8 / 10
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blob November 30, 2020

“This desvenlafaxine doesn't work along with Effexor, Abilify, Seroquel, and Zoloft and definitely do not take Latuda unless you want to have body Tourette's for the rest of your life once you stop”

2 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 22, 2017

“Increased mood instability both ways became really down and have insomnia dissociation.”

1 / 10
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