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   Posted 9/7/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had any luck with Pristiq ? I don't know what to do. This is the first time I've fallen back into depression so quickly. I was sort of OK and now I just can't handle it. I'm in school and obviously I have to cope, but it's getting harder and harder each day. If a medication were helping me, I would be OK with the side effects, but I just feel hopeless. My doctor has told me that if this doesn't work that there's only like a couple other options. This was not encouraging. I've definitely been on Lamictal and Pristiq long enough that they should be working, but I can't even get back to a state where I was coping. Now I'm an awful, dark, icky depression. I have this fear of failing, but spend more time worrying about work than actually doing it, I have an unrequited love 2600 miles away, and I can't get it together and stop being so depressed !!! I used to feel like I was looking for the miracle drug, but now I have very few options left which scares me. What if there isn't one ? What if this is just as good as it gets now ?

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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
This isn't as good as it gets, and you shouldn't settle for it. You aren't out of options. Call your doc, get an appt. You need to reevaluate your meds.

Are you in therapy also? Dealing with a long-distance relationship is hard, and we have so many other things to cope with as well -- especially if you're in school. If you aren't seeing a therapist, I definitely recommend it.

In the meantime, hang in there! You're going to get better, even if it isn't with Pristiq.

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   Posted 9/7/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh for sure I totally agree with serafena!

You are not out of options!  There are a lot of medication combinations that your doctor can try and if he feels that you are running out of obtions then I would suggest you find a more knowledgeable pdoc.  Seriously.

You do have a lot of outside stressors as well that are obviously contributing.  Talk therapy should really be considered.

Best wishes.  Keep us posted.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 9/9/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
hello. ive never tried pristiq so i cant speak about it. ive been bi-polar for about 5 years. ive been on lamictal and seroquel ever since. they work for me very well. ive also just started taking wellbutrin for depression. it seems to be working well. i hope you find the right meds for you. if this dr. wont help you please find one that will.
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