Anyone have experience with Pristiq?

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skeye
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

My psychiatrist just prescribed Pristiq & I'm looking for some information on it. I know that it is the first metabolite of Effexor. I've heard some pretty scary things about the side effects of Effexor & what can happen if you miss only one dose (which I am know to do on occasion), but I don't know if this is the same with Pristiq. Of course everyone is different & responds to medications differently, but my psychiatrist couldn't tell me too much about Pristiq, as this is the first time that he has prescribed it.

I am extremely resistant to medication, including antidepressants -- I've been through almost every one on the market over the years without any success. I just went through a series of genetic testing on my cytochrome P450 liver enzyme pathways to determine if I have any deficiencies & to pinpoint which antidepressant(s) may work for me. I was found the have major deficits in 2 out of the 3 of the major liver enzyme pathways that are used to metabolize antidepressants & Pristiq was the only medication that I haven't been on that my body can metabolize properly, so this is my "last option" before we turn to something more drastic, like ECT.

I'm excited to start this medication because out of all the meds on the market, this one has the best chance of helping, but I am nervous about it as well. The one info sheet my doctor gave me about the medication made it sound like it wasn't tolerated very well -- at least not in the beginning, anyway. At this point our goal isn't remission, but just any improvement. Any help/information anyone could give me would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

Skeye

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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye, pristiq less sedating than effexor and works more alike a base-line anti-dep. ECT, very useful for resistant type depression. it is a life saver. other alternatives are out there as well, transcranial stimulation, no seizure. when i was very bad ECT brought me back from the brink. with compassion, jamie.
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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skeye,

I have recently started pristiq after many years of a high dose of effexor. I have lost 8 pounds since being off the effexor and on the pristiq. It is working very well for me. The only side effects I had was some brief nausea when first starting it. But it wasn't bad at all. I also take abilify and xanax to go with it. I hope that it works for you. I have done very well on it.

Best wishes,

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skeye
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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Jamiee & Karen,

Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it! I'm planning on starting on Sunday. I wanted to wait until after I finished my midterms in case I experience any bad side effects.

Skeye

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   Posted 3/4/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
all the best with it skeye. jamie smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Skeye,

Have you started the Pristiq?  My Dr. just gave me samples this week.  I have had many bad expierences with meds, so I am afraid to start it, but am so depressed I have got to do something.  I am hoping this is the one to work for me and you!  Let me know what is happening with you.

Gem

 


skeye
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   Posted 3/21/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Gem,

Yes I have started it. My doctor had me taking it every other day for 2 wks & I just started taking it every day today. I haven't noticed any side effects so far, but it is also too early to tell if it is helping. I'm a little afraid that it is making my depression worse, because I have been having a harder time the last week or two & the only thing different is the Pristiq, but I really don't think that it has anything to do with the meds because I have started off so slowly & it probably isn't even built up in my system yet.

Good luck!

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Skeye

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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
give it some time. all the best, jamie.
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   Posted 3/22/2010 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks S & J,
 
I started my meds on Friday, was going to wait until the week-end but Thursday I was so low I decided to go ahead.  So far only mild nausea, and each day that is better.  My body aches and constant sleeping are much better already as well as dark negative thoughts.  So I am once again keeping my fingers crossed and determined to ride it out as long as I can as long as I am seeing improvement, I know it takes a while to really get in your system.  The only thing I am worried about, is that my last Dr. diagnosed me with Bipolar, he said anti-depressants would send me to mania-land.  Current Dr. thought my Depression was so severe that we had to do something to pull me up, he is not convinced that I am BP.  So, I will stay the course and see what happens.  I am sure conflicting diagnoses is a common thing.
 
Love
Gem
 
Thanks for your reply...........more later.

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   Posted 3/22/2010 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
yes they are. especially with mania. this is because the symptomology of mania is prevelant in many mental health conditions. i too have been afflicted and dx with mania. i know what you mean. hopefully soon you will have a more clearer dx and therefore receive the right and best treatments available for it. with compassion, jamie. ps hang in there mate.
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Jamiee,

You know, the BP diagnosis just never seemd to fit, I really questioned it because I have always been a little hyper active and anxious.  The depression just kind of came out of nowhere and is the worst I have ever endured.  Atleast I do feel I am somewhat better.

I hope you are doing well.  I know all that dental work is stressfull, it would be for me, hopefully it will be over soon.  So tell me, what have you done lately that was fun?  Are you still going to school? 

Gem

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