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How long can pristiq (desvenlafaxine) withdrawals last?

How long can pristiq (desvenlafaxine) withdrawals last?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): Depends on the dose & length of time u have been on it, & if replaced by other antidepressants, usually within first week or 2 ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pristiq (desvenlafaxine) withdrawal?

See your doctor: The question is why you ask this ap question. You should discuss with your prescribing doctor before stopping the medication and can help you with a taper schedule if necessary. Anxiety, irritability, and recurrent depression may occur with abrupt withdrawal. ...Read more

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How long do withdrawal effects from pristiq (desvenlafaxine) last?

Depends: The flulike muscle aches and irritability may last a week or two, but a transient increase in anxiety or a dip in your mood may last for several weeks or a month or so. ...Read more

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Im off pristiq which i was taking for a few weeks...what kinds of things will help me with the withdrawal symptoms?

Im off pristiq which i was taking for a few weeks...what kinds of things will help me with the withdrawal symptoms?

Well: If you were on pristiq for just a few weeks you do not need to wean off for concerns of withdrawal. Now if you are having some kind of symptoms go see doctor right away to see what is going on ...Read more

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How can I handle severe withdrawal symptoms from pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Taper slowly: You should reduce the dose slowly. Decrease by 1/4 of your dose weekly. ...Read more

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Can i take Zoloft to help withdrawal symptoms from pristiq (desvenlafaxine) until i can get the pristiq (desvenlafaxine) filled tomorrow?

Can i take Zoloft to help withdrawal symptoms from pristiq (desvenlafaxine) until i can get the pristiq (desvenlafaxine) filled tomorrow?

Not generally: a good idea to take Depression medicines intermittently or as needed. Not sure if it will help. Zoloft is quite different than Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and may cause unwanted side effects even if taken for only 1 or 2 days. You may try any over the counter headache / nausea med which are the main side effects of "withdrawal". Maybe a Physician from your State is available on HeathTaP Prime to refill today? ...Read more

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If you are a rapid metabolizer and you get interdose withdrawal daily, is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) the ideal antidepressant, since it bypasses the liver?

If you are a rapid metabolizer and you get interdose withdrawal daily, is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) the ideal antidepressant, since it bypasses the liver?

Not necessarily: About 45% of Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is excreted unmetabolized by 72 hours post dose. The rest is metabolized by CYP3A4 which is a liver enzyme. It does avoid CYP2D6 which is the most common enzyme which metabolizes psychiatric medications. I assume you mean that you are a rapid metabolizer of the 2D6 enzyme. In that case, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) may be a reasonable choice. ...Read more

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My dr took me off Pristiq and put me on Prozac to help taper down, however, I've still had awful withdrawals- increased anxiety, paranoia, "brain zaps", amplified negative feelings, etc. Is there a point I should be "concerned" enough to seek medical care

Talk to doctor: In my practice, with my patients, I have never taken a patient off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) cold turkey. I always recommend tapering down gently, to avoid the withdrawal symptoms you describe. Talk to your treating physician about restarting the Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and tapering. ...Read more

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Antidepressent withdrawl I am currently on 50mg of pristiq and 2mg of abilify. I recently (16 days) stopped the Abilify because of weight gain. I was feeling fine but now am more depressed and my mind is wondering. Is this just a side affect of the abilif

Antidepressent withdrawl I am currently on 50mg of pristiq and 2mg of abilify. I recently (16 days) stopped the Abilify because of weight gain. I was feeling fine but now am more depressed and my mind is wondering. Is this just a side affect of the abilif

Hello : Hello depressed in philadelphia. In addition to having an antipsychotic effect the Abilify also has an antidepressant effect through the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is used as an adjunct with the pristiq (desvenlafaxine). Because you took yourself off of the abilify, you are no longer augmenting your antidepressant. Even though Abilify has side effects, it also can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

It works: Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, in the same class as venlafaxine and cymbalta. If someone finds it ineffective, they should discuss with their psychiatrist or prescribing physician, and they may need a higher dose. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

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. ...Read more

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