Pristiq is a medication used to treat adult depression. It is an antidepressant belonging to a drug class known as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Many specialists believe that depression is caused by an imbalance of specific chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters. These transport information from one brain cell to another, which can go out of balance resulting in sadness. This medication works to restore the equilibrium of two neurotransmitters in the brain: serotonin and norepinephrine.
Unlike SSRIs, which only work on serotonin, SNRIs increase the number of norepinephrine neurotransmitters, which also work in anxiety and depression. Hence, some doctors prescribe it off-label for anxiety. Despite this, studies showed that some patients who took Pristiq 50 mg (the recommended dose) experienced anxiety as a side effect. Thus, they may need to try different medications to see which is most effective.
Pristiq Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to bear, even when reduced carefully. Some people find it easier if they taper in an inpatient-style program providing adequate support and therapies to greatly lessen the suffering that might accompany discontinuation.
- Suicidal ideation
- Anxiety, agitation, and hyperarousal
- Vertigo, dizziness, and lightheadedness
- Mania and hypomania
- Psychosis, visual and auditory hallucinations
- Insomnia, sleep disturbances, vivid dreams, and nightmares
Pristiq vs Effexor
- Studies showed that both drugs were similar in effectiveness in treating depression, as well as side effects. However, those who took this medication felt less nausea versus patients who took Effexor. This medication is sometimes prescribed off-label for other uses.
- This medication comes in a standard dosage of 50 mg extended-release tablets; while a typical dose for Effexor is 75 or 150 mg daily in an extended-release formulation.
- This medication’s suggested dose is 50 mg once daily, with or without meals.
- When quitting medication, the 25 mg per day dose is supposed to be gradually reduced.
Ask your doctor about the entire dosing information and appropriate dosage for you.
Pristiq Side Effects
Possible Adverse Reactions:
- Vision shifts
- Sleep issues
If you suffer any of the following medication side effects, contact your doctor immediately: easy bruising or bleeding; low sodium levels; eye discomfort; chest tightness, difficulty breathing.
- When first taking depression medication, some young individuals may experience heightened suicidal thoughts. Inform your doctor immediately if you have any unexpected changes in mood or behavior, or have suicidal thoughts.
- Consult your doctor before discontinuing this medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
-What is Pristiq?
This is an antidepressant known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It helps improve mood, energy level, and feelings of well-being.
-When is the best time to take Pristiq?
This should be taken with water at the same time each day with or without meals and without crushing, chewing, or fracturing the tablet, it must be swallowed whole.