Hello All. I am a new member. I've read several posts about pristiq.
most are similar. the company and the physicians are encouraging
the use of pristiq because...well, ok, no sarcasm about the manufactuer
and the patent and so on.
no more samples of Effexor XR available. many health plans not covering Effexor
until it goes generic. the same old song and dance basically.
ok, I don't like pristiq. I cannot afford to go back to effexor, too late.
I would like to go cold turkey from pristiq, and I was curious if
there was anyone on the forum who has done this.
or...has someone you know gone off pritiq succsessfully without
major traumatic consequences?
any feedback is much appreciated. thanks!
how long have you been on either pristiq or effexor?
EffexorXR 3 years, no problems...
Pristiq, 3 months, not really the neatest antidepressant I have ever tried.
sorry it took so long to answer you by the way. one of those weeks. many
unplanned excursions into adversity and several excercises in futility. or,
just a busy week :)
so, what's the prognosis? can I just 'BIN' this stuff, to coin a british
Ehh, I'd really doubt it. There are probably SOME people that could(doesn't depend on will power but your chemical makeup), but considering you have been on effexor for 3 years which converts to pristiq in your body anyway, and now on pristiq for 3 months, your likely going to have some withdrawals which will be very unpleasant especially cold turkey. I am not even sure if they have a protocol of getting people off pristiq yet. I don't think it comes in anything less then 50 mg. I'd go to a psych and see what he thinks about you coming off of it. If theres no way to go back on Effexor, then you have 2 choices. you can cold turkey it or cut it down SLOWLY(using a pill cutter) and try to come off all anti-depressants period, or you can try and transition onto another srni like cymbalta or wellbutrin or maybe even an ssri like paxil/lexapro. That will be up to your discretion and what you were using effexor for originally. coming off any of these drugs can be a mess even if the transition is to another of the same family. Best advice I can give you is go SLOW. good luck and post back your experience.
thanks for the note. I guess I'm ok. I'll just take the rat poison for now. allegedly, it is
supposed to do the same thing as effexor. when effexor becomes available as generic,
I can go back on it. but, as far as my doc goes (shrink actually) I doubt he will want me
to wean off or cold turkey any antidepressant while I am still on anti anxiety meds.
frankly, I don't see ever getting off those.
I seem to be more irritable and prone to great anger since taking pristiq. but to be
fair and as scientific about it as I PERSONALLY am prolly ever gonna get...I'm not
cranky and PO'd every day. and some things 'have' changed in my life coincidentally
at the same time as the switch from effexor to pristiq.
so, considering that neither anti anxiety meds OR antidepressants are a panacea(s) or
even slightly prescribed for being PO'd at various people/circumstances, in all liklihood
the pristiq is fine. who knows?
I'm ok right now. anyway, thanks again. I will keep an eye on this thread and this forum.