Has anybody noticed weight gain from Pristiq?

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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody,
 
I am at the moment taking 375mg of effexor a day.  That is the highest dose that you can take.  My psychotherapist mentioned that if I switch to Pristiq, I would only have to take one a day.  Right now I take five capsuls of effexor a day.  So that would be easier for me. 
 
If anybody has any information of pristiq that they could share, I would really appreciate it.
 
Thanks a bunch,
 
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
hi karen, am on 200mg of pristiq. i am up and down with my depression, today i thought about changing possibly to prozac, but i have been bouyed again. for me i find the pristiq much less sedating than effexor, and with proper sleep patterns the stuff actually works, furthermore if you stay positive i feel that it opens up the synapses and does a better job at correcting the imbalance. i have had no real side effects, if anything my body is becoming more regulated, and my doc says that pristiq is a far better long term option for me also. my metabolism is far better on pristiq, and i have more energy on it than effexor, thus i have lost good weight, and this morning my bp was perfect, something i have always had trouble with. so all good. so a big tick for pristiq.
 
cheers. jamie idea smurf

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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jamie,

That is fabulous news for me to hear. My therapist said that they are having good results with it. I hope it works for me as well as it works for you. I have been on effexor for so many years and I keep thinking if it aint broke don't fix it. But I just take so many pills and this would be so much easier. When I fill my pill box on Saturday nights, it is actaully stressful. I take nine different things and that isn't counting my supplements. I am now hoping that the insurance company will pay for it. I kind of think that they will because it is probably cheaper than what I take now, as the effexor is over six hundred dollars a month. Basically because I have to take five of them a day so that is 150 each month.

Again thanks for the info. That is good news to me.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   

HI Karen,

I have been following all the AD meds and their side effects expecially weight gain.  I have found in my reading that Pristiq like any medication is good for some and not for others.

I surely think it is worth a try if you are wanting to get away from taking so many pills at once and I know the cost is a bit less then Effexor . 

I failed really bad trying the Wellbutrin.  The first week went fine but as soon as the dose was increased it was all down hill so I am back to just Trazodone at HS again with Buspar for the anxiety.

I wish you luck and hope Pristiq is a good drug for you.

Hugs

Kitt


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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
it is worth a try karen. i too was on the same dose of effexor, along with a myriad of other meds. at one stage i peaked at 28, not incl prn meds! crazy!! wishing you positive vibes in regards to your health and treatments. jamie tongue
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