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User Reviews for Desvenlafaxine to treat Fibromyalgia

Also known as: Pristiq

Desvenlafaxine has an average rating of 7.8 out of 10 from a total of 20 ratings for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. 70% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 10% reported a negative effect.

Desvenlafaxine Rating Summary

7.8/10 average rating

20 ratings from 17 user reviews.

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Reviews for Desvenlafaxine

BrandonLee December 3, 2016

“I have been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for over 12 years. I am a 31 year old male who is in overall athletic shape. It is important to note that my mother has Fibromyalgia and it is quite possible that I have it and not CFS. My CFS diagnosis was after a bout of chronic Mono in my 20's. I have tried many anti-depressants over the years because a common effect with the chronic fatigue has been depression. I was prescribe Prestiq 4 weeks ago and I feel normal again. My energy level is much, much better. My mood has improved drastically. My energy level still is not what it was before Mono but the improvement has been great. My only side effect has been a slight decrease in sex drive and a harder time reaching orgasism.”

10 / 10
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My favorite Cathy · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 3, 2016

“I have been on Pristiq for almost 4 years. I have almost no go to pain on this medication however the side effects of no sexual drive and no emotions are so much better than the excruciating pain I was in. I highly recommend this medication for fibro but please read every bit of information you can about trying to get off of it. Makes you want to die with the withdraws. And I don't have health insurance so I have to pay $335 per month but it is so worth it to be able to function in life.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2015

“I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for a few years now, was raised to 450 MG a day because my pain kept increasing. I had chronic fatigue, was DX with sleep apnea, have a CPAP mask and take all kinds medications just to be able to sleep. I kept having very bad days to where I could barely walk and would get very shaky and twitchy. Finally I was DX with severe depression and anxiety, and was prescribed Pristiq. From day one, it calmed down my anxiety and has taken away 90 to 95% of my pain, I have a ways to go in my depression but I'm no longer confined to my bed. I've been on it for almost a month now and absolutely love it, I have a little trouble with sleep some times but with my CPAP and sleep meds I'm able to get great sleep.”

10 / 10
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shellb1970 October 22, 2009

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia approximately 5 years ago. I was taking Cymbalta to help with the pain until my prescription insurance no longer covered it. My doctor gave me a months supply (samples) of Pristiq. I've been taking it for 3 weeks now and I've felt like myself for the first time in 5 years! My house has seen more cleaning in the past 2 weeks than it has over the past five years! I was a neat freak before Fibro and I'm all of a sudden a neat freak again! I love it! I do still have pain, but I'm able to control it with Darvocet. Pristiq gives me energy and ambition! I no longer have to take my daily nap(s)! I feel like I have a second lease on life! I could go on and on all day, but I need to get back to my cleaning! ”

10 / 10
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foxyracquel April 14, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I am 37 yrs old, suffered 8 mths with unbearable pain. Took Lyrica and Plaquenil for 6 of the eight months with little or no relief. Started Pristiq and Xanax less than a week ago and I can feel all the twitching and excruciating pains gradually going away. I feel like I'm gradually awaking from a terrible nightmare.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous May 27, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Pristiq seems to be the medicine that works the best for my fibromyalgia. I was taking 100mg awhile and felt great except for not being able to sleep well, so I went back to 50mg. I may go back to 100mg and take something for sleep. God Bless all of us with this disease. I have had this for 9 years and have tried everything.”

9 / 10
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jks0614 September 25, 2009

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Suffered excruciating lower back pain and was taking Vicodin 2-3 x's daily for my Fibromyalgia. I've been on Pristiq for about 3 weeks. Pain has diminished 98-99%. (Sometimes feeling 100% relief. However, miracles I don't expect.) Only on occasion did I take a Vicodin (and on that day only 1x). This was only due to lower back discomfort I didn't want to deal with, but not excruciating pain!”

9 / 10
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EmighChild February 13, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia several months ago, probably have had the symptoms for more than a year. Cymbalta made me a zombie, Pristiq has been an answer to prayer. I am pretty much pain free, unless I exert myself or sometimes just have a bad day. But, the good days far outweigh the bad. Still nap occasionally, still have insomnia occasionally, but am totally happy with the way I feel.”

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happy today March 15, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I reviewed a number of SNRI medicines in search of one that might work for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in addition to major depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. After reading about Savella and finding this review site, I suggested Pristiq to my doctor as it seemed to be a good bet for the ailments I needed relief from. I was diagnosed recently with FM/CFS after 6 months of these conditions. I found Pristiq alleviated the worst of the pain. I still have some and am on 10mg of Elavil to help me "sleep" as the key side effect for me from Pristiq is worsening insomnia. I have a bad case of it and as anyone with FM and/or CFS knows, we only get shallow, mostly broken and non-restorative sleep.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous May 15, 2010

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I am 28 and have fibromylagia and joint disease. I don't have a sex drive anyway so I did not notice any difference with Pristiq on that side effect. I did how ever notice that I no longer woke up feeling 88, but 28 again. The pain and soreness went away dramatically! I have been able to clean more and walk more, but I have not noticed a big change in energy level. Just to have a day without soreness and stiffness was worth it for me. I do have a little dry mouth, but I drink a lot of water anyway. As far as sleep goes- I occasionally had insomnia before, but it does make it a little worse and I had night sweats for the first week on it.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous November 7, 2009

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Killed my sex drive (the only remainder of my life without fibromyalgia) and gave me terrible dry mouth that did not go away as my doctor said it would. After six months of dry mouth and no libido, along with no symptom relief, I said enough was enough and quit cold turkey. I experienced no withdrawal effects, and thankfully both the dry mouth and lack of sex drive went away soon thereafter. I feel like this medication made me more depressed by decreasing my already low quality of life. It also made me feel as though my emotions were non-existent, which some may view as a good thing, but I prefer to be able to feel and experience emotions.”

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Anonymous October 6, 2009

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Since I have been sick, I have been through tons of medication. Most of which I had bad reactions too. With my condition, my depression got worse and mood swings started to occur. My doctor had tried putting me on an anti-depressant before, one that landed me in the E.R. So I was skeptical about trying something else but, when I did decide to try the Pristiq. At least I had some side effect, nothing big. It was probably me just adjusting but, finally when I had. My doctor started noticing a huge difference and so did I. I smiled more and cried less.”

10 / 10
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Triple pain February 23, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “My Dr. prescribed Pristiq 50mg. after taking Cymbalta because of the terrible side effects. The only side effects Pristiq has given me is the lack of sexual desire but Trazodone 50mg. which I also take balances out that effect. I also take Tranxene7.5mg before bedtime and get at least 5 hours of straight sleep! I am doing much better.”

7 / 10
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pinky447 January 9, 2012

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Bad side effects for 2 weeks when starting this medicine. Tolerated it fairly well for a couple months. I was on 50mg, then 100 mg. It did raise my blood pressure. No libido issues like I had when on Efexxor. It did nothing for my fibromyalgia and it took me a few weeks to stop it. Coming off the Pristiq was was worse than starting it. Very nasty headaches everyday. It also made my hair fall out at an alarming rate. Handfuls. My hair stopped falling out about a month after I stopped the Pristiq.”

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cougarjax February 3, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I've been using Pristiq for two and half months to control my chronic ear pain and depression. Like most antidepressants there are side-effects. Looking back it wasn't always easy, but I would do it again.”

9 / 10
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psych ajay · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 16, 2014

“I am suffering from severe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome since last 3 years and was initially on duloxetine up to 60mg. Initially at lower dosage help to alleviate my pain up to 50 percent and actually I felt like after many years I woke up fresh around 6 am in the morning at dosage of 60 mg but within a week it's made me a zombie specially in night. I had difficulty In sleep and in the midnight I started to have electric shock like sensation. Than started on pregabalin and increased dose to 300 mg which elevated my pain around 70% but I put up a lot of weight and joint pain. Settled on 50mg of desvenlafaxine with 80% pain relief with 150mg pregabalin further helped me. This combination worked best for me but still some pain killers raised my LFT 8tims further causing fatigue.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous August 13, 2011

“I am a Chilean psychiatrist working with a psychological team and have experience with 50 patients suffering for many years from fibromialmgia with excellent results. ”

9 / 10
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shabby June 21, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “Started on Pristiq just over 2 weeks ago. I'm starting to feel less pain. Still a bit twitchy but definitely feeling better about life in general.”

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XSarenkaX May 26, 2009

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I tried Cymbalta unsuccessfully (intolerable side effects) before one of my doctors had me try Pristiq. Side effects are not too bad. This may be helping with my Fibromyalgia pains.”

6 / 10
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Anonymous December 30, 2011

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): “I have been on Pristiq for muscle condition and fibromyalgia pain for over a month. No improvement in pain. Wish I had some of these marvelous results.”

1 / 10
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