Pristiq withdrawal side effects

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7650348 tn?1393010231 I had been prescribed Pristiq with a higher dose of alrazolam. I waited for almost 2 years for the side effects and worse panic attack to subside. Increase of alprazoloam he prescribed me 2mg every 8 hours. I never took the full amount, I am honest with my Dr and told him I could only handle .5 in the am .5 in the afternoon and the full dose at bed (when I took the pristiq as well). He uped my dose of pristiq to 75mg cutting a pills n half.
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.
Avatar m tn Hi guys, I've been on Pristiq for about two months now. I've had the worst of the side effects from shaking hands, blurred vision, nausea, headaches, night mares etc.....For a few weeks it didn't seem like it was worth it. Within the first 3 days I saw significant reductions in my obsessive compulsions, my anxiety and worry was reduced and I felt more secure, like so many of the websites say you will. I started a blog about my experience inpristiqcondition.wordpress.
Avatar m tn And if it were me, which it isn't, I'd start at a low dosage and work my way up on any medication so I could see how bad the side effects were and the lowest dosage at which it works is. 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.
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 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 You have to look at anxiety as being like any other medical condition requiring daily medication to control the symptoms and not dwell on any side effects. These are the only medications we get so hung up on the side effects with. If you were diagnosed with another condition like Diabetes...you wouldn't worry about the medication needed to control it and this is no different! None of us want to take medication but for many...
1450085 tn?1298945302 effexor has been great for me. dont get scared off by side effects.
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 Did you decide to keep using the tramadol, and if so have there been any more side effects or benefits? If you're still undecided you can get more information from both the addictions forum and the chronic pain forum. As M4 stated, decisions are made between you and your doctor, but it never hurts to do a bit of research and general asking around. Would you say that the main issue here is the FM pain or the depression? I'd be really interested to know how things are going.
Avatar n tn Regardless of what I would do I couldnt loose it! I was looking at the side effects of a iud, and actually had my husband remove it that night! a month later I am down 11 lbs, and considering stopping my prestiqi! I have been doing a 20 min work out dvd 4 times a week and eating very heatly! I havent ate fast food in 2 months, stopped drinking soda and coffee! these things and some vitamins is a natural way of dealing with depression, and so far I feel great!
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 Savella....so 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 If you keep feeling bad though you need to get back in to see your Dr. Side effects can last a good week or so, usually. And then it starts getting better.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 n tn I'm wondering if this could be due to the fact that I also take Paxil or if this is simply one of the side effects of Soma? If it is one of the side effects should I expect it to be temporary or is it something I'll have to live with as long as I'm on Soma? Also, I've read contradictary (sp) things about Soma. First, I read that it is not a scheduled drug, then I found an article that listed 5 states in the US in which it is a scheduled drug.
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 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.
Avatar n tn If you're having side effects from the medication that are causing you to think twice, then that is another story. The withdrawal has several stages, the first being 4-5 days of severe flu-like symptoms. That is usually followed by a period of depression and low energy. Different people experience different things for different periods of time. But the bottom line is if you want to quit, quit.
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 I really need to get back to my social life again......are these side effects possible? My doctor said that they would only last for 5 to 14 day┬┤s...Is it possible for the withdrawal effects last longer? Thanks.
Avatar n tn This is a discussion with your psychiatrist, of course, but Adderall, for all the good it's doing you, is speed, and that will exacerbate your anxiety. I think what you need to do is, decide what the worst thing happening is -- the ADHD (and know that this diagnosis is very often wrong), the anxiety, or the depression. You might be a candidate for a category of drugs I don't much like but might be a good compromise for you, which are the snris, which include Effexor, Pristiq, Cymbalta.
Avatar m tn Hopefully the start up side effects will be gone soon.
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.
480448 tn?1426952138 ONE important thing to remember that I learned, and have never forgotten is that these two effects CANNOT exist without anxiety.....but that anxiety can exist without these sensations. Derealization is basically a change, an alteration in the PERCEPTION or experience of the external world....in other words...everything LOOKS very strange, very "unreal" (movie like, in my experiences). Depersonalization is a subjective experience of unreality of one's self. So the difference is...