Pristiq withdrawal effects

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7650348 tn?1393010231 i have a question about pristiq. I tapered down off pristiq over a 4 month time frame. I took my last dose about 20 days ago. I was on it for about 2 years too long. Here is a little info: I started taking antidepressants about 3 years ago for anxiety and panic attacks. I had tried two in the past before that (Paxil and lexapro) i was a teen and it made me have what i know now is anxiety. I have a problem with change.
Avatar f tn I missed my dose untentionally two times on different days and what I felt was nausea, headaches, dizziness. So I was wondering Pristiq can cause such strong side effects even I just missed my one day dose. So I doubt, leaving the medication cold turkey as my psychiatrist suggested would be a good idea. Do I need to taper it of when I want to leave the medication and how long the side effects may last.
7650348 tn?1393010231 If it were me, I'd wait to come off the alprazoloam, also very difficult to stop taking, until all withdrawal from the Pristiq stops, and if you find the withdrawal too much for you, protocols call for going back on the last dose at which you felt fine and try it slower. You might try taking a hefty daily dose of fish oil -- many claim it helps with brain zaps, though it won't do much for the anxiety.
Avatar m tn I'd also taper slowly off the drug I'm on before starting a new one, especially one of a different class, so I could tell what effects were withdrawal off the old med and which were side effects of the new med.
Avatar f tn I do know that I've had to wean off of other antidepressants to keep from going through withdrawal. The symptoms your having could very well be side effects from this med. Usually side effects happen in the beginning but they can happen at any time. Hopefully someone that has experience with this med can give you better advice. Hang in there though. If you feel like you need an antidepressant you have others to choose from that might work great for you.
Avatar f tn on Monday,Sept 5th had an appoitment with Psychiatrist, and after i explained her my symptons,( i also cried,was overwhelmed) she said I had a severe depression, so she also prescribed me Pristiq 50mg one tablet per day in the morning after breakfast. I never took the Pristiq i am scared of the side effects,So all this time since September 3rd until ,now October 13th, I've been only on Clonazepan,I am scared of becoming an addict as I have read these pills tend to be addictive.
1450085 tn?1298945302 I had been taking 150mg of Effexor and switched down to 50mg of Pristiq. I am happy to report no withdrawal symptoms at all, even though my doseage was lowered considerably. (I think, if I remember right ~but don't know for absolutely sure~50mg Pristiq = 100 mg Effexor XR). It was a smooth and easy transition. Mentally, I've noticed no difference either. It was completely smooth. Good luck! Let us know how you are.
455167 tn?1259261471 My therapist has suggested changing from effexor xr to the chemically similar pristiq. I've been on 150mg per day of effexor for several years, and have experienced withdrawal effects before due to missing doses for a few days, so I know what that's like. To start, I'm taking 50mg pristiq and 75 mg effexor daily for 7 days, and then 50mg pristiq and 37.5mg effexor for the next 7 days. My therapist has suggested this dosing to make the transition gradual.
Avatar m tn My only complaint with Pristiq is that at 100Mgs a day dosage I have sexual side effects from it. I am male and it has reduced my sex drive by about 50% which I hate. The side effects of stopping Pristiq are much the same as with Effexor. They can be rough as I once ran out for two days and had withdrawls.
Avatar m tn My wife suffers from bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia. She is currently taking Pristiq for the depression from the bipolar disorder. When she went for her three-month followup today, the doctor wrote her a prescription for Tramadol for the chronic pain from the fibro. However, shortly after taking the Tramadol (15 to 20 minutes after), she got some sudden sharp pains on the left side of her head, and they lasted for a few minutes then passed.
Avatar m tn I was taking Eflexor 225 mg daily and this pristiq is only 50 mg. The withdrawal from Eflexor was terrible. Had nightmares and felt like I was fading away while trying to fall asleep. What does low magnesium have to do with depression? Never heard of that before. Can you get this over the counter?
Avatar f tn Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum but not med help its a great site. Well I'm afraid that I don't know where to start and be warned I'm a rambler... so I have been battling depression for years and finally got help 2 years ago and had been taking pristiq while I never felt "better" completely I was able to function and build some better coping mechanisms. About 3 months ago I quit cold turkey withdrawal was awful.
Avatar n tn Were you not tapered off the Pristiq at all? How long were you taking the Pristiq? If you were on it for a month or more, and were not gradually tapered, you most definitely could be experiencing a discontinuation syndrome (like a wd/). The Viibryd would help a little, but the two are not interchangeable, therefore, you may notice some side effects during the adjustment phase. Definitely let your doctor know what's going on.
Avatar m tn I was on adderall 40 mg for about two and a half years while in college and experienced no side effects or problems. I would only take it while I was in school and then would take the adderall "vacations" during my breaks from school. However, about a year and a half ago, I began to develop insomnia from the zoloft I used to be taking for depression (at the time, I didn't know that the insomnia was from the zoloft.
768617 tn?1475035656 Has anyone ever chose to take all natural medications instead of prescriptions due to withdrawal and/or side effects of Effexor or related medications, and asked their physician about it, and the physician disagree? I was wondering because mt physician disagrees with me resorting to all natural medications.
719694 tn?1235179675 Anyway, we talked about it, and he wants me to start taking Pristiq. He said it's a newer drug and may help. If any of you out there have had experience with it, please let me know what I'm getting myself into. I remember when I first started taking Zoloft, it's main side effect was loss of appetite and nausea. Thanks in advance.
909257 tn?1242671782 or Am I still sweating from the Pristiq (anti-depressant)? I am newly diagnosed with BPD and I am just trying to understand it all.
Avatar n tn I told me that the the withdrawal effects would last about one week or I could go back on Paxil and withdraw slower over a two month period. I decided to go back on Paxil since I could not stand the withdraw effects. Within one hour of taking a small dose 10mg I felt 95% better. My advice GO SLOW!!!
Avatar n tn Pristiq is ''the new Effexor'' it is normal that you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as the chemical you get from Pristiq is not exactly the same as Effexor as it's a metabolite of Effexor. There is no miracle cure for withdrawal symptoms but since you are on Pristiq the withdrawal should not last long.
Avatar f tn That was painful and I'm now on Prozac to deal with the final withdrawal. I do think Pristiq had less side effects for me than Effexor, but I'm not sure if it's strong enough for everyone. My psych said 150mg of Effexor=50mg of Pristiq, but I don't think that is exact. I don't think it will hurt you to try it, although it's so similar to Effexor, I'm not sure what you'd get from it that you didn't get with Effexor.
Avatar n tn I have to cut down and recently cut down to 10 a day and have experienced physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. I have some clonidine and don't know how much to take for withdrawal. What is the recommended dosage. My goal is to eventually cut down to 4 a day, but have been very uncomfortable at 10. I also take effexor and trazadone for depression, but I am so depressed right now. Hydrocodone, believe it or not has helped my depression and has given me something to look forward to.
1947387 tn?1325644930 I'm skeptical as I've read bc of the short half life of Pristiq, this basically causes you start the withdrawal process from day 1 again on the days you are skipping a dose so it's a waste of time. I've also read that cutting an extended release pill in half isn't really as bad as people make it sound and that this approach is more effective. There is no way for me to take off sick at work if I get really bad withdrawal so I want to get as much info as I can before attempting this.
Avatar f tn So, they say that you do not actually go through 'withdrawal' from SSRI's because they are not addicting. Instead they like to call it a discontinuation syndrome. Most of the times, doctors don't like to even recognize this discontinuation syndrome and like to tell you that it is your old symptoms of depression and anxiety coming back. Well I beg to differ. I have been on anti-depressants for 4 years now.
Avatar m tn you have received some good advice from very experience users...yes, the symptoms can last this long, but it's also true that the anxiety that had been suppressed can now be causing some of these same try to think through the sources of your distress, and if you want any help with that, you can go to www.myvirtualshrink.
Avatar n tn I have been taking Savella for about 5 weeks and have found a dosage that actually works for me with the least amount of side effects. I also take Pristiq with the maybe that's why I'm feeling better? I take 25mg of Savella in the morning and then another 25 mg in the afternoon. (NOT AFTER 3PM, if I want to sleep.) The sweats and hot flashes are horrible, just as others have mentioned, but the energy and lessening of pain is worth it, I think?
Avatar n tn Hi- I am currently withdrawing from Effexor, which I was given to taper off Pristiq. Because Pristiq comes in the 50mg dose, there is no good way to come off it. It is essentially the same as Effexor, which is notoriously hard to withdraw from. My psych said that 50mg of Pristiq=150mg of Effexor. If you jumped from this dose or higher, I would expect to have withdrawal for at least 3 weeks, maybe longer. At least you will probably have depression and anxiety.
Avatar m tn It could be either one of them. Yes, it could be withdrawal and may go away soon. Or, it could be that you need the meds. It's really hard to say how long withdrawal will last. We're all so different and some of us have almost no withdrawal symptoms after tapering and go on to feel just fine with no depression. It's up to you of course if you want to start back on your meds. I understand what a hard choice it can be.
Avatar n tn Effexor makes it even worse. So the doctor changed me to Pristiq and said side effects will not be as bad as with Effexor. After taking it for 1 month I kept eating and gaining weight. And my menstrual cycle went crazy (one and a half months thinking I started an early menopause!). So I panicked and stopped Pristiq, but next day felt the horrible withdrawal effects (dizziness and nausea that kept me in bed). Next day I started taking 80 mg Prozac and withdrawal effects diminished.
429155 tn?1205676864 MY PERSONAL DIARY OF OXYCONTIN WITHDRAWAL. May I briefly fill in a little background.I am David aged 55 and employed as a postman/driver/sorter, well up until 38 months ago I had never been into hospital,well boy was that about to change.