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User Reviews for Pristiq

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For Major Depressive Disorder "This has been my 'miracle drug'. My depression was identified as medication resistant meaning that nothing worked. ECT was suggested I refused and wanted to try a few more meds first against my Drs advice. I'm glad I did Pristiq has completely stopped my depressive lows. Thanks to my Bipolar Disorder I regularly had depressive episodes that would last for months. Now... I still have my 'down days' but are nowhere near as severe and only last a day or two..."

   
10

Jessypoo January 16, 2018

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For Depression "The first 3 weeks I had side effects like anorexia, constipation and insomnia but then they all went away and now I am soooo happy I found Pristique. Literally no side effects anymore, sleep great and feel happier and calmer. I am going through a lot of life changes right now which would normally make me need hospitalization but I've been able to stay calm and work through the situations instead of turning off."

   
9.0

Grateful79 December 31, 2017

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For Depression "Beyond horrible! It made me feel the worst I've ever felt in my entire life. Even worse than when my mother passed away. A few hours after taking my first dose I was wrought with extreme panic and a horrific sense of doom. The next few hours were spent trying desperately to calm down and none stop bawling my eyes out wishing it will stop. I got a fever and felt like I'd also just been slammed by a strong flu. It took a while to be able to sleep that night as I was still shaking from fear. When I woke up I felt a tiny bit better so thought maybe my 2nd dose may go better.. Mistake! Repeated the exact same thing. Threw the rest in the trash and spent the day crying none stop and feeling absolutely horrendous!"

   
1.0

Draqen45 December 27, 2017

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For Depression "Feel down and nervous on higher dose. Stick with 100mg or less for a while. Over 100mg might be too much, for me it is. I take klonopin, prazosin for PTSD, and latuda for mood swings. Don't give up unless it makes you horribly sick to your stomach or other side effects, but talk to your doctor first."

   
6.0

DownUpper (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 11, 2017

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For Depression "Good Med! Little skeptical about helping me. I have a bad habit of changing my dosages on my own. I find 200mg to be good. I take Latuda as well which is a anti-depressant booster sort of. Appetite is normal sometimes not as bad as I thought. No vomiting but diarrhea instead. I have a bad gall bladder which needs to be removed maybe why I'm so loose on the stool. Stick with it."

   
7.0

HowardDuckworth (taken for less than 1 month) December 10, 2017

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For Depression "Ever since I have taken this, (almost 5 months) I seriously don't care about anything. I want to but I don't, my processing is slow, and I feel angry and agitated all the time."

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 8, 2017

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For Depression "Eight years ago, I had a hysterectomy and afterwords suffered deep depression. Pristiq took me out of a deep pit and made me able to live a normal life again. One caution: Make sure that your doctor is prescribing and your pharmacy is filling the name brand and not the generic. When I switched to the generic, it did absolutely nothing to help me, and in fact, made my depression worse. And after just one day back on Pristiq proper, I have peace and calm again and happiness."

   
10

Lisamomm (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 6, 2017

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For Depression "Prestiq made me so angry and mean, and I had no clue why or what was going on. Never had an antidepressant make me feel like that before. Never again."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) November 30, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I was switched to this drug because Effexor made me the meanest person on the planet, my doctor told me this was a cousin to effexor so I wasn't very thrilled to be put on it, but she really wanted me to try it. It did the same exact thing effexor did, made me very irritable and added anxiety on me. Every time I smoked a cigarette it would put me in almost a panic attack. Then tapering off the drug was a nightmare. I had the worst headaches and brain zaps you can even imagine. Along with twitching and tremors... for me, prestiq did not work."

Blondebabe22 November 16, 2017

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For Depression "prestiq 200mg . Maybe it was way too strong. The side effects out weighed the effect by absolute miles. Side effects were I couldn't stand up for longer than 4 hours , got dizzy spells ..dropped work from 8-10 hrs/day too maybe 12 hours a week, had really bad nightmares and really bad mood swings I felt suicidal, and continued to have those thoughts for next 3 weeks. I gained 6kg in 3 weeks . I had to take valium and mersondyl forte for the down times . I had erection problems , so viagra to counter act with that. . I cannot say anything good about it The best remedy was to start walking , biking , sport, record times and try and beat those times , achievements . I need a sense of accomplishment. valium for down times , had to have it anyway"

   
2.0

creams (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 11, 2017

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For Depression "Day 4 of 150mg of pristiq Went from 225mg effexor to 150mg pristiq Effexor hasn't worked for months Having weird day .. Day 1 ok, day 2 ok, day3 tired all days But I still don't know what to do - no motivation to do anything still Sad and overwhelmed by everything Depression Anxiety is so hard for me to manage and understand nothing in my life is the same....hope is all I've got"

CharleeBrown (taken for less than 1 month) November 11, 2017

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For Depression "I was on 50mg first...I was crazy then I went on 100mg. Changed my life. I was actually living! ! When I missed a few days, I thought it was making me sick, but never missed any doses. Then my doctor cancelled on me 3 days in a row . At that point it was 6 days, so I said screw it, I'll stay off them and I did fine. Wasn't sickly...didn't go crazy. I was fine. This past 3.5 years of being off it, I've gone way down hill. So I'm excited about going back on them and getting a life back. I tell you, before I went on them I was in a really bad place. PTSD, from my child hood, my brother killed him self, had none in my life. Got on pills started jogging and working out, eating good, because I felt good for once. Lost 50lbs. Getting back"

   
9.0

Hollzzz November 8, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "My doc did a gene study on me and Pristiq is the only one recommended to be best. Effexor was a second...but it's not helping much. I will comment again, but I'd recommend you get a gene study done."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 31, 2017

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For Depression "This drug made me feel as if I was always running out of time, as if I couldn't stop and enjoy anything. I felt down most of the time on it; not significantly so but enough to make want to quit it."

   
3.0

roger_d_1989 (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 30, 2017

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For Depression "Hi, this drug I feel seems to stabilise your mood/brain and does make you happy. Not like a drug , it corrects my brain to how I'm meant to feel, (some people hopefully understand what I mean-rather than feeling down ,just want to be alone, quiet, low). I think I had anxiety, mild depression & insomnia. I feel more focused and feel my true self. I'm 35, a professional, single fit and healthy. Death divorce boom. Just battled on, shattered, hiding my feelings until finally just giving this a chance. After 1 month I'm on 100mg of pristiq a day and love how it's giving me my life back!"

   
9.0

Snappa (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 25, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Pristiq changed my life. Made me feel like a normal happy person. Side effects were an annoying headache for the first 2 days. No more symptoms once I had come off it."

DeeDee1388 October 13, 2017

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For Depression "Put it this way, I've no intention of ever coming off Pristiq. Almost a year and I'm a new woman. It was my first 4th dip of rock bottom but I won't have another one. Depression has such a stigma! What about 'neurotransmitter condition' !!!"

   
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NoraHmcc October 10, 2017

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For Depression "Once you start pristiq you're on it for the rest of your life, and what's worst, you need to up your dose every year. It's a nightmare. You can never quit it, not even gradually. Withdrawal or refusal to increase your dose will destroy you. Avoid it."

   
1.0

Do not start pristiq (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 23, 2017

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For Depression "Pristiq is a horrible drug. Caused me to be off work for 9 months due to the side effects, I had insomia didn't sleep for 2 weeks, gave me restless leg syndrome, felt agitated, my mood was super down. I would not recommend it to anyone."

   
1.0

Notgoos September 21, 2017

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For Depression "I thought I could manage without medication but after 2 months I fell into the black hole yet again. This time my Doctor put me on Pristiq and it gave me an unexpected benefit. A few years ago I had a right hip replacement but it kept pulling out and I would fall down. It then dislocated altogether and I had to have another operation and after a year it dislocated again. This year Jan 2017 I had my other hip replaced. Not surprisingly the fear of falling was extreme. After 4 weeks on Pristiq I found I can walk without aids. I would like Pristiq to help stop the negative thoughts that roll around my head however I will stay on Pristiq regardless because it is the difference in being able to walk or be incapacitated by fear and anxiety."

   
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Whirling dervish September 15, 2017

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For Depression "This medicine has changed my life! I feel like I am living life again instead of surviving. I used to wake up every day fearful of everything. It was so bad that I had to take 6 weeks off work. This medicine has changed me. I wake up every morning happy and very energized. I started taking this medicine in April of 2017 and its the best decision I have ever made. I was always skeptical of taking medicine but I am so glad I decided to."

   
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Anonymous September 11, 2017

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For Depression "This drug has changed me back to the person I recall being 20 yrs ago. For the first time in years I've been waking up early with energy ready to take on the day. I have a 1 year old toddler and a beautiful wife and I want to be all I can for them and I don't think it would be possible without the assistance of this medication. I am also a surgeon and lead a stressful lifestyle so I need all the help I can get. There's been a lot of trial error along the way... My Advice: keep trying different anti-depressants and by 12 months there is a 90% chance you'll find the right one for you. If the medication gives you a significant improvement (but falls short of 100%) stick with it and sort the rest out with psychotherapy."

   
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ChloeDrugs (taken for less than 1 month) September 7, 2017

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For Depression "SCARIEST ANTI-DEPPRESANT I'VE EVER TRIED! Put me into the stratosphere of anxiety/depression-became suicidal-anything-or nothing is better than this!"

   
1.0

ebelle (taken for less than 1 month) September 4, 2017

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For Depression "Pristiq has been the most effective drug I've came across in my life for this mental illness! Only side effect is because it's a timed release, if you miss 1 day taking it you will feel like a train hit you. Otherwise it's the most stable I've ever felt!"

   
10

Clinical depression sucks (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 1, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I am 34, its my first week on it. I didn't realise how bad things really were inside my head until now. At first I had 2 days of nauseous bouts but by the third day I felt less caught in a loop and yesterday I went to 100mg and while thinking of an old friend I had a slip back in a moment of time and with a good memory in my brain I felt a rush of elation inside me like butterflies. I actually felt something. I've been suffering for so long and it almost seems too good to be true. I'm so thankful."

Annarexsickk (taken for less than 1 month) August 17, 2017

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