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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) used for?

What is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) used for?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a fairly new antidepressant -- it's a metabolic product of Effexor (venlafaxine). It can be helpful with various types of depression and anxiety disorders. Some have even found it useful in menopausal hot flashes.

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Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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What do you think of pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

What do you think of pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Works well.: Nice snri. Well tolerated by most. Very few drug interaction to be concerned about.

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Dr. Ellen Knox Dr. Knox
Psychiatry
34 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What should I do to shed weight on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

What should I do to shed weight on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Pristiq/weight: Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is usually weight neutral. Weight gain on this med is unusual. Every psychiatrist had seen unusual side effects with meds. If I see a patient with weight gain on pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) there are ways to deal with it such as transferring to another med or adding something that facilitates weight loss. Keep on mind it could be residual depression symptoms causing gain. Talk to prescriber soon!

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Is 100mg of pristiq (desvenlafaxine) more effective than 50mg?

Is 100mg of pristiq (desvenlafaxine) more effective than 50mg?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): Although 50mg. Was the recommended dose, if patient shows limited response I would increase to 100mg.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) just a joke or does it actually work?

Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) just a joke or does it actually work?

Can be effective.: Pristiq is a brand names for Desvenlafaxine. It is a SNRI medication which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Major depression. It is not a joke-

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Dr. Lonna Larsh Dr. Larsh
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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How can I stop taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) without withdrawls?

How can I stop taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) without withdrawls?

Talk to your doctor: Stopping antidepressants can be easy for some but horrible for others. The best thing to do is talk with your doctor for a plan in weaning down. There is no one size fits all solution.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What is the definition or description of: pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): Also called desvenlafaxine, is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, developed by wyeth co. It is the synthetic form of the major active metabolite Effexor (venlafaxine). Can cause nausea, dizziness, constipation, sleep problems, decrease appetite, night terrors, anxiety, & sexual side-effects.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Reynolds
Psychiatry
29 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Should you take pristiq (desvenlafaxine) at night or in the morning?

Should you take pristiq (desvenlafaxine) at night or in the morning?

It depends.: The medication is generally written for daily use. Whether you take it in the morning afternoon or evening depends upon your preference. If it makes you sleepy you may want to take at night, if it seems to bother your sleep you may want to take it in the morning. It is however best to take it at the same time each day. That way you are less likely to forget to take the medication.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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On Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) day 7 and still very anxious, what to do?

On Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) day 7 and still very anxious, what to do?

Be patient: It can take even several weeks for the medication to reach full effectiveness. You may have some improvements before, but don't judge it yet. That is, unless you're having BAD side effects - that might be a reason to consider it a bad choice. If you're not, then be patient. Keep detailed (a few times a day) records of how you feel. At the end of 2 mths, decide if this is your best choice. Best!

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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How long would pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 100 mg take to work after being on 50mg for 5 weeks?

In my experience: Generally about 3-7 days as long as there has been a hint of a response at 50 mg, otherwise it could take up to 14 days if there has been no hint of a response yet. This is my clinical experience. Others may have had different experiences. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Increased pristiq (desvenlafaxine) dose from 50mg to 100mg, when will I notice a difference?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): Depending on how long you have been on the lower dose, usually response within 4-6 weeks from starting the medication.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Opinions on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)? Positives and negatives? Also effects from switching over from effecor

Very similar meds: Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Effexor are very similar agents. I am not certain that you will see any difference switching from one to the other.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I am on pristiq (desvenlafaxine) now for 3 years and I want to quit can you tell me the right way thanks?

See details: You need to slowly taper off of it. How to do this needs to come from your own doctor.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I'm into pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for two days i'll feel accelerates that normal how long it take to my body get use to it?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): For therapeutic effect, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) will need at least 4-6 weeks. Side effects may show up sooner, and usually dissipate within the first 2 weeks if they're going to. If I have missed the meaning of your question, please rephrase and re-ask. I did the best I could with it, but I admit to feeling confused when reading it as typed.

Dr. Robert Grindstaff Dr. Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine
34 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is it important too have a termination session with a pysch before not returning. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) was good in first 3 weeks, now I feel worse than ever?

Yes, important: Please don't give up on treatment yet. If Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is not helping, your psychiatrist will work with you to get relief. S/he would want to know about your feeling "worse than ever, " and would want to help you with this. Antidepressants also take at least 4-6 weeks for effectiveness, and I don't know how long you've taken pristiq (desvenlafaxine). Psychotherapy is also a very important part of treatment.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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I've been taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for 3 months, I also take 200 quetap. At first I was thrilled - pristiq (desvenlafaxine) was working so well, it's not working as well now?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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I've been taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for 3 months, I also take 200 quetap. At first I was thrilled - pristiq (desvenlafaxine) was working so well, it's not working as well now?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): I am assuming by quetap u meant quetiapine (seroquel). The combination should not lower the potency of pristiq (desvenlafaxine). Maybe a dose adjustment in the Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) would help, & since u did not tell us what the dose was, I strongly recommend u talk with your prescribing doc. About it.

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Why am I getting bizarre dreams while on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Common: This is one of the common side effects of this medication. If it is bothersome, discuss this with your prescribing doctor.

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