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7.3/10 Average Rating

585 Ratings with 560 User Reviews

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"I tried Pristiq for 3 months with no good results. I have social anxiety disorder and typically only become anxious around people. When on this medication I became anxious 24/7 and the intensity of the anxiety increased. I also suffer from depression. This medication took away all of my good thoughts and negative ones as well. It left me feeling empty and like a robot. I could not talk to people. I have asperger's syndrome as well and almost lost the ability to speak when on this medication. It is horrible I would not recommend it for anyone who suffers from anxiety, depression, or aspergers."

   
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chess52424245 October 29, 2015

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"I was being prescribed different anxiety/depression drugs when Effexor stopped working. It was hell for months. Then I had the genetic blood test and found that there were only a few drugs that could work with my body. I was prescribed Pristiq 3 years ago and so far it has worked. initially, the side effects are strong, but they lessen as time goes on. Currently, I may have dizziness and flushing, but the good effects of this drug greatly outweigh the bad. I am taking 150 mg (1) 50 mg and (1) 100 mg and found out it is $60 less per prescription if I take (3) 50 mg pills instead. This is not an inexpensive drug, but it works for me."

   
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Bgrman October 9, 2015

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"Worked okay but caused fainting spells. Coming off of it (tapering, per doctor'said orders) was terrible. I've been told more than once that the way I felt sounded like a heroin addict coming off heroin. I was sick to my stomach, my entire body was in constant pain, every joint and muscle, headaches, I felt cold one minute and burning up the next, exhausted but couldn't sleep, nightmares when I could catch a few minutes and periods of wishing someone would just put me out of my misery. This drug is dangerous! Imagine if someone ran out and couldn't taper off. "

   
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Mjhmelissa October 4, 2015

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"I'd been on Prozac for 5 years and its effects had started to wane. I was severely depressed with anxiety and extreme tiredness. I was going to bed at 7pm and had to drag myself out of bed. Everything felt completely overwhelming. I sat with the prescription for about a month. Some reviews I'd read had me terrified. It got so bad I thought there was nothing left to lose. I decided to ensure I'd never run out and I'd take it at the same time every day. I had a migraine at the very beginning so drank more water and I am feeling great. The best part is increased energy. I feel like a normal person. This has been a lifesaver. Would recommend if you have debilitating fatigue."

   
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Cwilli September 19, 2015

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"As a septic and someone who hasn't had good experiences with antidepressants I must say this medication has been amazing. I must have tried 6-8 different types and always felt they either didn't work or the side effects were too unbearable. I went to my GP to go back on to Lexapro as it was the one I did best on (but lost all libido) and he suggested Pristiq which is similar but not supposed to come with the same side effects. So far (8 weeks in) I'm pleased to say it has been a blessing. As had a major impact on the my depression which was getting disturbing and I am feeling no immediate side effects."

   
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Rupes79 September 19, 2015

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"As they say what helps you may not help others but Pristiq for me was a life saver. About the 3rd day I was feeling much better from severe depression with suicidal thoughts. After about 5 days I was back to reality and never looked back, that was about 3 or so years ago. I take 50 mg once in the morning daily and since I am 70 yrs old now and I'm staying on them and not going to try to do without them, I don't want to take a chance and end up back with the most horrible sickness I have ever experienced, clinical depression."

Chippawa (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 18, 2015

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"Took Prozac for over 20 years. It tends to stop working so tried many different antidepressants over those years. None worked as well for me as Prozac and had various side effects. Three months ago I went to a psychiatrist who put me on Pristiq. I stayed on it one month, which was one month too long. Lucky to have made it out alive. Never had been so depressed in my life. Switched to Zoloft and slowly came back to life."

   
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aftermatch (taken for less than 1 month) September 15, 2015

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"after trying all ssri for 3 months i tried this snri and within 4 days i felt better. my depression and anxiety were reduced and after one month i m absolutely fine. it has proven to be lifesaver for me. i fully recommend it."

   
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krishan213 September 15, 2015

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"Very quickly made everything in my head a lot quieter stopped hallucinations and had only minor side effects. I have been self medicating with recreational drugs for over 25 years pristiq is a massive serotonin booster stopped taking other drugs and have not missed them, also find I am now a less of a danger to other people as now they don't annoy me as much."

   
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dazed & confused September 14, 2015

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"I have been on this medication for the last 3 months, & I have noticed a significant change in my mood and mental health overall. I only take 50mg daily & my anxiety medication, it really works well together. I feel pristiq has been a lifesaver!"

   
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luann77 September 7, 2015

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"It has done well for me, I was very depressed and it took 6 weeks to really take effect."

   
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Jessie577 August 21, 2015

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"I have been depressed for coming up to 5 years. Pristiq is the first medication I found that worked. I started on 50mg and then started 100mg. I found that I was able to get through the days without falling apart and having constant suicidal thoughts. I have been on pristiq for a few years now and I have always had very vivid dreams on them and if I miss a couple of pills I get very dizzy, nauseas, head aches and get very emotional. I love this antidepressant but I fear for my dependence on it"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 19, 2015

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"I had a major breakdown and was put on 50mg Pristiq, increased to 100mg. I noticed an immediate improvement (on the 50mg) because it stopped the uncontrollable crying. I have been on the medication for 2.5 years but got severe headaches if I missed a pill. I reduced the dosage to 50mg for a year and still got headaches and dizziness if I missed a pill. So, as I am no longer depressed I am coming off this medication. I reduced the dose to 1 tablet every second day for 2 weeks and this is now the 3rd week.I have now been without the tablets for 4 days and have noticed quite a lot of dizziness but no more headaches. I am feeling good about myself and have returned to my positive outlook on life. I am happy to be coming off this medication."

   
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Happy Outlook August 2, 2015

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"Pristiq has helped me keep my life together. Before Pristiq I would break down so easily. Pristiq has restored my confidence in myself and has leveled out my moods. I still have a lot of days where I don't have any energy or want to do anything but there are a lot less of those days than before. I've been on 100 mg. for a year now."

   
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513 (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 21, 2015

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"Pristiq is the first medication that worked for me and my brains scattered chemical imbalance issues. I had tried 3 other types of medication over 8 years, interspersed. While they had helped, even a combination of pills did not cover all that was required with my brain and it's issues. I have to say that this is quite a strong drug. Also, note the possible side-effects before you start. I, myself, did not any of the side-effects the manufacturer mentioned but when I became pregnant and was breastfeeding I did have to wean off of the medication for safety reasons, obviously, and I did notice a slight withdrawal. Do not stop taking this medication suddenly. It, most likely, will not feel good if you do! As stated, it's strong."

   
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Allynne7 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 16, 2015

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"Took with tramadol. First two days was fine and had a blast of energy! Then felt I was having allergic reaction. I switched the pristiq to night time before bed and took the tramadol in the morning and afternoon instead of at the same time. Problems solved and no issues. After nearly a month of use I am starting to feel tired again and flat as opposed to the energy I was feeling when I first started. The veterans administration covers my cost. It just recently got approved but still requires a special authorization."

   
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Batman13 July 2, 2015

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"I take prestiq for anxiety (first) & depression. I don't know what the true definition of "normal" is but, this is the closest I've felt to it in quite some time. My most recent attempt of feeling "normal" was with 8 years/ lexapro. My concentration level was on point & my anxiety level was low but, the zombie like feel, the lack of sex drive & weight gain eventually drove me to find an alternative. After several failed attempts with various other options, I can say that prestiq has proven to disprove most, if not all, of my concerns. Yes, I still get fiery mad at times (with good reason) but, it's controllable. Yes, I still get sad/anxious but, there are tangible reasons & I am now able to pull myself out a lot sooner."

   
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c2da3 June 15, 2015

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"I've been taking Pristiq for one week. My extreme sensitivity to Meds of this type has been long proven. Knowing me well and willing to work with me my Dr has me on 25 mg Pristiq in the morning with food every other day. I've had ups and downs this first week but am trying to stay positive. I have moments of feeling well and hope they continue to expand. I hope I don't have issues with every other day dosing causing withdrawal in between doses. I also have discovered that drinking coffee with Pristiq heightens my anxiety."

   
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Ivetryd June 14, 2015

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"My Doctor put me one 100 mgs once in the morning and I could tell a huge difference in the way I felt, for the first time I felt like I could breathe, I could see colors again, the tree's, the flower's everything changed from grey to vivid brightness, however this effect was not immediate. I was taking 120 mg's of Cymbalta, 2 60 mg caps. a day, when this was the medicine I was one for years, I fought a good fight with doctor's over years and years. They were telling me I was Bi-Polor and I believed them. It took one great doctor 15 minutes to change my life. I have been on Pristiq 100 mg's for going on 3 years know and I love life again, I can't wait to wake up early in the morning and watch the sunrise and I found out that I wasn't bipolor"

   
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CooperTop June 7, 2015

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"I had the DNA test to see what would work best for me. I have used Paxil with great success for 2 years, it started working immediately but was the first SSRI I ever took, Then it stopped working. I switched to Lexapro and turned into a crazy person. Then I had the DNA test and the only 2 in the red zone (ABSOLUTELY do NOT take) for me based on my DNA was Lexapro and Celexa so My Dr took me off immediately and put me on Pristiq. The first day I felt better but by the third day, not so much. I have only been on a week so it's too soon to tell but I don't have any side effects except nightmares but they aren't nearly as bad as they were with the Lexapro. I also had a pet die and a family issue this week so it is hard to judge at this point."

deadgirl33 June 4, 2015

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"I am currently 21 years old, but started taking Pristiq a few years ago. I had previously tried Prozac, then Effexor, but I couldn't see much of a difference. Once I started taking Pristiq 50mg, I felt the results within the same week. It was great. However, whenever I missed a day I would feel the adverse side effects almost immediately. Brain zaps, depersonalization, dizziness, foggy thoughts, nausea, sweating, crying spells, headaches... I eventually got off of it (I honestly don't know how) but it was a very difficult 2-week process. Two years later I am back on wellbutrin (after a bad experience with lexapro). Pristiq was definitely effective but extremely addictive. Not something I'd recommend without reservation."

   
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Miss Emille June 3, 2015

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"I've been on a dose of 200mg for nearly 8 months and I know I couldn't function with out it. It helps level your emotions out, take some control of your life again. Addictive? To some degree yes. It let's you feel normal again and that's a feeling I know I'd do anything to hang on to."

   
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Countrygirl0303 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 25, 2015

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"Amazing, has helped my life so much. Although it is extremely addictive but effective. Maybe should not be first line treatment."

   
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Sigmatize May 20, 2015

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"first I was on sertraline and then my GP switched me to Pristiq because sertraline wasn't the right med for me and pristiq started to kick in within less than a week the drug is definitely working for me and I think I need higher dosage."

thol (taken for less than 1 month) May 19, 2015

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"Pristiq has worked great for me for anxiety and depression two separate times throughout my life when I was put on other ADs and they didn't work as they should, including Prozac and Cymbalta. Takes awhile to get stable in your system but after about 6 months I was back to myself. Definitely recommend, the only con for me is that if you miss a pill you can definitely tell. I get wierd dreams if I miss a pill and feel grogy and irritable. When I had been on prozac missing a pill was never noticeable. Also, it is more expensive as there is no generic. It is worth it to me however to have something that fully works! Good luck to you!"

   
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momof3cuties (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 29, 2015

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