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Pristiq

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5.3
4  Effectiveness
7  Side Effects
5.4  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 12 Pristiq side effects and 4 Pristiq benefits.

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Treatment Information
Desvenlafaxine is the generic name and Pristiq is the brand name of this medication.

Desvenlafaxine is the active ingredient of this medication.

The inactive ingredients include hypromellose and microcrystalline cellulose.

It is mainly used in the treatment of depression.
Famous People with Depression
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Mary Kate Olsen

Mary Kate Olsen has struggled with depression, ADD and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

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Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson has struggled with depression for years, and despite taking anti-depressants tried to commit suicide in 2007.

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Sheryl Crow

When Crow suffered a bad stretch of depression in 2003, the musician began an exercise routine and took Prozac to assist in her recovery.

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Jim Carrey

This comedian is self-proclaimed to be a "weird, serious person," and has been battling clinical depression since childhood.

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Larry King

Late night talk show host Larry King had a bout with depression after having heart surgery in 1987.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Pristiq, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 3.8% 24.5% 40.6% 26.4% 4.7%
Balance/Equilibrium 3.6% 22.7% 64.5% 9.1% 0%
Blood Pressure 0.9% 7.4% 84.3% 6.5% 0.9%
Breathing 1.9% 6.6% 83% 7.5% 0.9%
Confidence 10.2% 16.7% 32.4% 29.6% 11.1%
Coordination/Motor Skills 1.8% 17.3% 69.1% 10% 1.8%
Digestion 8.5% 17% 68.9% 5.7% 0%
Emotional Well-being 12.8% 20.2% 11.9% 36.7% 18.3%
Energy 13.9% 34.3% 29.6% 15.7% 6.5%
Eyesight 9.3% 21.5% 59.8% 6.5% 2.8%
Memory 12% 17.6% 54.6% 13% 2.8%
Mental Clarity 13.9% 22.2% 26.9% 27.8% 9.3%
Pain 5.6% 11.2% 72.9% 8.4% 1.9%
Patience 8.3% 19.3% 25.7% 32.1% 14.7%
Sexual Health 5.6% 18.5% 56.5% 13.9% 5.6%
Skin Complexion 1.9% 9.5% 81.9% 5.7% 1%
Sleep 12% 27.8% 35.2% 19.4% 5.6%
Stress Level 7.3% 24.8% 24.8% 30.3% 12.8%
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Commonly Reported Pristiq Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 72.9% 14.3% 8.6% 4.3% 0%
Allergic Reaction 96.2% 2.9% 1% 0% 0%
Anxiety 59.3% 15.7% 15.7% 5.6% 3.7%
Blurred Vision 60% 16% 8% 16% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 84% 4% 8% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 47.7% 14% 18.7% 13.1% 6.5%
Change in Weight 55.6% 22.2% 16.7% 5.6% 0%
Cold Symptoms 76% 12% 8% 4% 0%
Confusion 84% 4% 8% 0% 4%
Constipation 53.1% 9.9% 24.7% 7.4% 4.9%
Depression 60% 20% 8% 4% 8%
Diarrhea 78.8% 8.7% 7.7% 3.8% 1%
Difficulty Urinating 79.8% 10.7% 7.1% 2.4% 0%
Dizziness 58.3% 21.3% 9.3% 9.3% 1.9%
Drowsiness 63.9% 11.1% 5.6% 13.9% 5.6%
Dry Mouth 50.5% 22.4% 12.1% 12.1% 2.8%
Erectile Dysfunction 90.8% 3.9% 1.3% 3.9% 0%
Fatigue 37.6% 18.3% 17.4% 16.5% 10.1%
Fever 92% 8% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 60% 12% 16% 8% 4%
Headache 49.1% 20.4% 15.7% 10.2% 4.6%
Insomnia 57.1% 19% 11.4% 8.6% 3.8%
Irregular Heartbeat 72% 0% 12% 12% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 59.6% 12.8% 12.8% 11.7% 3.2%
Mood Swings 52% 28% 8% 4% 4%
Muscle Cramping 80% 12% 4% 4% 0%
Nausea 66.3% 10.5% 11.6% 9.5% 2.1%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 52.6% 17.1% 21.1% 6.6% 2.6%
Sensitivity to Light 84% 4% 8% 4% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 64.7% 7.1% 12.9% 9.4% 4.7%
Stomach Ache 84% 4% 8% 0% 0%
Sweating 42.1% 15.8% 31.6% 5.3% 5.3%
Tremors 81.8% 0% 0% 18.2% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Pristiq Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 72.2% 16.7% 11.1% 0% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 66.7% 16.7% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
Blurred Vision 47.6% 19.5% 14.6% 12.2% 6.1%
Change in Weight 52.9% 21.2% 11.8% 10.6% 3.5%
Confusion 54.5% 27.3% 9.1% 0% 9.1%
Coordination / Balance Problems 72.7% 0% 9.1% 9.1% 9.1%
Depression 45.5% 27.3% 18.2% 0% 9.1%
Disorientation 88.9% 5.6% 0% 0% 5.6%
Double Vision 90.9% 0% 0% 0% 9.1%
Energy Loss 50% 16.7% 27.8% 5.6% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 77.8% 11.1% 11.1% 0% 0%
Fainting 94.4% 5.6% 0% 0% 0%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 72.2% 16.7% 11.1% 0% 0%
Hallucinations 90.9% 0% 0% 0% 9.1%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 83.3% 11.1% 0% 0% 5.6%
Increased Depression 79.8% 4.8% 9.5% 3.6% 2.4%
Indigestion 66.7% 16.7% 11.1% 0% 5.6%
Irritability / Impatience 50% 41.7% 0% 8.3% 0%
Liver Damage 98.8% 1.2% 0% 0% 0%
Nausea 33.3% 33.3% 16.7% 16.7% 0%
Reduced Libido 56.8% 11.4% 20.5% 9.1% 2.3%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 44.4% 22.2% 11.1% 22.2% 0%
Seizures 96.4% 0% 2.4% 1.2% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 45.5% 9.1% 18.2% 18.2% 9.1%
Slow Reflexes 88.9% 5.6% 0% 0% 5.6%
Slurred Speech 94.4% 0% 0% 0% 5.6%
Suicidal Tendencies 80.5% 13.8% 2.3% 3.4% 0%
Sweating 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
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Episodes since taking Pristiq
Since taking Pristiq Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.4%
Blindness 0.5%
Fall 1.4%
Hospitalization 1.9%
Seizure 0.9%
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06 Jan 2013 I love it
   —Posted by kelly hayes
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14 Jun 2012 I HAVE BEEN COMING OFF PRISTIQ OVER THE LAST 4 WEEKS AND ALTHOUGH I FEEL GOOD I AM CRYING AT THE SMALLEST THINGS. MY MAIN CONCERN IS THE ITCHING THAT IS DRIVING ME UP THE WALL FOR THE LAST 1.5 WEEKS. IT IS ALL OVER MY BODY BUT MAINLY THE BACK OF MY NECK AND SHOULDERS AND THE TOPS OF MY EARS. I HAVE BEEN TAKING TELFAST 120MG AND THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING SO I AM USING MY DAUGHTERS ECZEMA OINTMENT INSTEAD.I HAVE BEEN ON 50MG PRISTIQ FOR 3.5 YEARS AND PRIOR TO THIS WAS ON 50MG ZOLOFT AND HAVE BEEN TAKING PRISTIQ EVERY SECOND DAY FOR THE PAST MONTH AND NOW I WILL TAKE IT EVERY 3RD DAY FOR A MONTH BUT THE ITCHING IS DRIVING ME INSANE. I HAVE HAD A BLOOD TEST TO CHECK MY LIVER FUNCTION AND I WILL GET THE RESULTS IN A FEW DAYS SO WE WILL SEE. I HAVE ALSO NOTICED THAT THE BAD HEADACHES I SUFFERED HAVE SUBSIDED SINCE COMING OFF PRISTIQ AND MY VISION IS LESS BLURRY. YOU DON'T REALISE HOW MANY SIDE EFFECTS THERE ARE UNTIL THEY DISAPPEAR AND YOU NOTICE YOU DON'T HAVE THE PROBLEM ANYLONGER.
   —Posted by ROXEE
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10 Apr 2012 I had been taking Prozac for a number of years and had started having a really foggy, "removed from body" feeling. I felt like I was not really participating in life but just watching it go by. I tried taking several different anti-depressants but had the same feeling. With Pristiq my mind seems clearer and I feel as if I have more energy. I have been satisfied.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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17 Mar 2012 Initially - the first 30 days I truly THOUGHT this was a wonder drug. Lately, I am wondering - I have no sex drive - low energy - don't seem to want to be around people much (used to be very social) - have odd pains throughout my body - truly BAD acne...? I guess it is helping... mostly though it just seems like I am this calm person who just floats through the day... doing what needs done.. eating because I need to - taking ok care of my house and dog - getting enough sleep... and not much more.. Therapy? The usual questions - how are you feeling - good - sleeping ok? great - I'll see you in a month..
   —Posted by Is this what a "normal" life is??
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17 Mar 2012 I have been on Pristiq for over a year, everything u are describing is what have been feeling for ages. They say let's increase the dose, I am now on 300mg and still no change. Everything is an effort, no energy, have lost friends due to me being unsocial which I was not like this before I started this med! & no this is not normal. Therapy is just the same questions every week
   —Posted by "Had enough"
08 Dec 2011 I am 18 years old, male, and have suffered with mild to severe depression for two years. It had caused a major loss in weight (40 lbs- from 160lb to 120lb), and a general lack of motivation. I am heavily involved with school and my academics are much higher than average. I feel that I needed to get a hold of my self and do something about my depression, so I seeked assistance through the medication route. My doctor gave me two weeks of a trial (50 mg, 1 time a day) of Pristiq. The first week was utter hell; I lost about 9 lbs due to my lack of appetite and I felt nauseated all the time. I am now on day 31, and am starting to feel better. Instead of having bad days 13/14 days, I now have two and three days in a row that are moderately better. My doctor will be increasing my dosage to 100 mg, once a day after 8 weeks on my current dosage. So far, I feel this medication has worked for me.
   —Posted by Thebeez
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