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Going Off Pristiq Cold Turkey

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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!

Bill

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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!

Bill

how long have you been on either pristiq or effexor?

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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!

Bill

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

colloquialism?

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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!

Bill

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

colloquialism?

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.

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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!

Bill

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

colloquialism?

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.

be well,

Bill

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

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no more samples of Effexor XR available. many health plans not covering Effexor

until it goes generic.

Bill

What about the non extened release venlafaxine HCl ?

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no more samples of Effexor XR available. many health plans not covering Effexor

until it goes generic.

Bill

What about the non extened release venlafaxine HCl ?

well...I don't know. good idea!! last time I checked, it was still not

available as generic in the USA. but, I could be wrong.

I'll ask my doctor about it. he's kinda funny...( a requirement for

being a doctor. one must past 'funny'101 before going on to pompous

advanced)

funny ha ha sometimes. but I meant funny like, don't ask him

about changing meds...you know doctors. eh.....

it is a good idea. it would allow me to SOME day get off effexor

and would be an immediate stepping stone off pristiq. the effexor XR

is also near impossible to taper from. same as pristiq, though I think I

could do it if I really need to.

here's what I wonder...I had no negative side effects from effexor. but,

I feel kinda cranky, short tempered with pristiq. I thought they were the same.

I don't get it! thanks for the note :)

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

>>>I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq<<<

mouth closed and smile huh? .....well, worth a shot I guess. so you think the pristiq is making you

irritable? and causing the sexual side effects? ok...but you didn't take effexor? so, we have no way

of knowing if effexor would or would not have cause the same bugaboos..

everyone is different...well, supposedly :)

I like the scene in Life Of Brian where Brian is talking to the masses out his window

"You're ALL Individuals!" and a guy in the crowd says "I'm not" lol!!

thanks for the post!

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

Hi Charles 08, I was just checking to see how you are doing with the pristiq. myself, I am still taking it.

I am not extremely delighted with my doctor. he's a little snippy about doing things that were not his

idea. seems to think pristiq is all that and a bag of chips. I think it is not. still taking it anyway, and

basically white knuckling it thru the day. I have a lot of irritability, anger and frustration. it seems like

the stuff just aint helping. how is it going for you?

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

Hi Charles 08, I was just checking to see how you are doing with the pristiq. myself, I am still taking it.

I am not extremely delighted with my doctor. he's a little snippy about doing things that were not his

idea. seems to think pristiq is all that and a bag of chips. I think it is not. still taking it anyway, and

basically white knuckling it thru the day. I have a lot of irritability, anger and frustration. it seems like

the stuff just aint helping. how is it going for you?

I know this has been posted for awhile, but I'am currently on pristiq, I was dignosed iwth clinical depression at the age of12 and am quite educated in doctor full of themselves 101. I would as a veteran of the medical war reccomend a new doctor. Its your body and You choose what to do with it, he is a tool to help guide you and if what he is doing is hindering, trade him in, because I highly doubt he gives a rats butt about you. I've been on and off anti depressants for years and if your thinking about taking welbutrin or prozac, sspeaking from personal experience please dont. My mother has been on it for 15 yrs and now she cant function with out it, I actually went to her doctor and he attempted to give it to me for mine so I tried it and I hated it, everyone is different, but I know from experience how bad these drugs can really be, but when you have a chemical imbalance sometimes you cant help it. So far I'am liking pristiq better than all the medications, but sometimes the side effects of thesse meds can be just as bad as not taking them at all. I'am going to reccomend something that has and is helping to change my life, its the lucinda basset program for people with anxiety and depression, I suffer heavily from both, but this program has given me hope and taught me new skills on how to cope with my problems, they send you a sample tape, trust me just try the sample, I have yet to meet anyone from this program that hasn't benefited greatly. I've accepted the fact that I'am probably going to have to deal with these issues for the rest of my life, sometimes with and sometimes without medication, but I'am living a better life because of what I've learned from it.

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

Hi Charles 08, I was just checking to see how you are doing with the pristiq. myself, I am still taking it.

I am not extremely delighted with my doctor. he's a little snippy about doing things that were not his

idea. seems to think pristiq is all that and a bag of chips. I think it is not. still taking it anyway, and

basically white knuckling it thru the day. I have a lot of irritability, anger and frustration. it seems like

the stuff just aint helping. how is it going for you?

I know this has been posted for awhile, but I'am currently on pristiq, I was dignosed iwth clinical depression at the age of12 and am quite educated in doctor full of themselves 101. I would as a veteran of the medical war reccomend a new doctor. Its your body and You choose what to do with it, he is a tool to help guide you and if what he is doing is hindering, trade him in, because I highly doubt he gives a rats butt about you. I've been on and off anti depressants for years and if your thinking about taking welbutrin or prozac, sspeaking from personal experience please dont. My mother has been on it for 15 yrs and now she cant function with out it, I actually went to her doctor and he attempted to give it to me for mine so I tried it and I hated it, everyone is different, but I know from experience how bad these drugs can really be, but when you have a chemical imbalance sometimes you cant help it. So far I'am liking pristiq better than all the medications, but sometimes the side effects of thesse meds can be just as bad as not taking them at all. I'am going to reccomend something that has and is helping to change my life, its the lucinda basset program for people with anxiety and depression, I suffer heavily from both, but this program has given me hope and taught me new skills on how to cope with my problems, they send you a sample tape, trust me just try the sample, I have yet to meet anyone from this program that hasn't benefited greatly. I've accepted the fact that I'am probably going to have to deal with these issues for the rest of my life, sometimes with and sometimes without medication, but I'am living a better life because of what I've learned from it.

Hi. I had a quac...sorry doctor give me prozac once. didn't take it long

and pitched the samples and stopped it cold turkey, which is I guess

not a big deal after a month. heard about wellbutrin. no thanks :)

and thanks for the tip! i already sussed that one out.

as for pristiq, am now used to it. it's "OK" I guess. and xanax and I

have a lot to keep me busy. I try to just not think about it all very much.

I have heard great things about lucinda basset and have been too lazy to

check it out. but thanks for the reminder. I will check it out. maybe I'll

buy the program for myself for X-Mas :)

thanks!

Bill

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I have been on Pristiq for 5 months and decided that I wanted to go cold turkey,I have never been on anti-depresents before and asked my Doctor how would he reccomend me to do so!!.....he said that Pristiq is a slow release tab and that I could come of it anytime :hearts: without any symptoms..........well I did for 2 days and felt as sick as a dog, was he correct!

FYI Wal-mart seems to be the cheapest for 30days.

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i haven't taken pristiq, but i took effexor. it made me throw up, so that was the end of that.

i've heard it's one of those that you really have to wean off of, and stopping cold turkey will make you sick and give you symptoms of withdraw.

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Why can't you buy generic Venlafaxine XR online? Some of the top Indian Pharma companies make it mega cheap, e.g. Cipla, Sun Pharma, Torrent etc.

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Hi Bill,

I've been taking 50mg a day pristiq now for about 3 months and it has seems to level me out but I hate the side effects. I had been on 2 anti-depressents before. about 5 years ago I went on zoloft for about 6 months after a death in the family and a year ago I went on Wellbutrin because of stress and irritabilty and took it for about 5 months. I stopped taking Wellbutrin cold turkey 7 months ago and have been fine. I was in to see my doctor on an unrelated issue when we started talking about my stress at work, irritability, etc,etc, and he asked how I liked the Wellbutrin. I told him I thought it was just OK and that I really didnt think it made much of a difference and I stopped it long ago. I asked if there was anything new that would help me not be so cranky and apathetic towards life in general and help with being moody sometimes....... He prescribed 50mg pristiq.

I decided on my own to stop taking it because I didnt like the sexual side effects it gave me. It desensitized the sensation during sex and made it take forever to orgasm. I also seem to clinch my jaw since being on this stuff and my jaw aches sometimes. I didnt do any research and didnt know that there would be side effects from stopping. My side effects included "no" patients with anything, irritability and being confrontational and angry that peaked after the 5th day of quitting.

I started taking it again on day 6 and it took 2 weeks to get back level. Im stopping this stuff and this is what lead me to this forum. I want it out of my system. I now see that pristiq is generally priscribed for major adult depression. If I need someting to level me it will be wellbutrin.

I didnt take one today and Im going to cut one in half (which is not recommended) and take that tomorrow and then take the other half 2 days after that and thats...that for pristiq. Understanding now that there are serious side effects I will be able to see them coming and hopefully "keep my mouth closed and smile" and attempt to control them and how I respond to the world during my weaning from pristiq.

I let you know how it goes.

Charles08,

I have been taking Pristiq for a few months now and have had some of the same side effects as you. I found myself clinching my teeth, which lead to my jaw aching, ears hurting and headaches. I thought that my pain was caused from a sinus infection, so I had my doctor prescribe me a Z-Pac, that didn't work, so I thought it was because I had to have a filling replaced, so I did and that didn't work. The only thing I could think of was it was a side effect of Pristiq, so I just stopped taking it 3 days ago and just read your post today! I am SO happy to find someone else with that side effect...I was beginning to worry!

Are you still taking Pristiq? I tried to go cold turkey from Zoloft about a year ago and thought I was going to die! I literally stayed in bed for a full week! I felt awful from day one when I did that. I haven't felt great the last couple of days but it has been NOTHING like when I tried to get off of Zoloft.

I am curious to find out if you are still taking Pristiq and if not, how did you wean yourself off.

Thank you!

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I'm trying to come off Pristiq and finding it aweful. I feel like I have gastro, same symptoms plus the brain shivers and dizzy. Can anyone recomend a way to wean? I'm trying one day on one day off as you can't half the pill. I've never felt sick coming off a medication. I've come off effexor before (10years ago) and it wasn't this bad... Thanks to anyone who can offer some advice.

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I decided to quit 100mg/daily Pristiq by tapering down to 50mg, then zero. I completed that within a week.

I'm still having these real unpleasant sensations of my body falling forward and some kinda electric shock pinching me behind the eyes.

I'm eating food nonstop but the sexual side-effects are long gone. (thank goodness.)

its unpleasant, but i'm scared of that med. something about it is just.... not right, and i found myself drinking alcohol alot while on it.. something i never did previously.

i've been using promethazine to calm my jitters and nerves in the PM hours. It helps a little. If I had access to xanax, I'd imagine that would be better.

Good luck in getting off it.

I know Pristiq was thrown to me in a goodie bag....Wyeth reps had treated the office to an expensive lunch...nom nom.. sooo Dr. feels the need to push those packs, I guess. haha

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Hello All,

I am currently "weaning" off of 50 mg Pristiq. I was prescribed for some situational depression involving relationship issues with friends and family. I have only been on it for about 6 months and started weaning yesterday. So far, im having the usual brain zaps, dizziness, and problems keeping my mind focused. I'm hoping to stick it out, since things at work are pretty easy going until mid April. My wife no doubt is waiting for storm. :hearts: I have taken Lexapro in the past to combat some pretty rough childhood issues. Withdrawing from that consisted of a pretty bad couple of weeks. I did taper for about a month, but that may have been a little quick.

Im trying to avoid the mood roller coaster by loading up on St. Johns Wort (I have my doubts about its effectiveness).

I am hoping for no more than a week of withdrawal symptoms before things begin to improve. I'll let you guys know how it goes. I wish there was at least a 25 mg dose I could take to taper off... :flowers:

Take care,

John

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Hello All,

I am currently "weaning" off of 50 mg Pristiq. I was prescribed for some situational depression involving relationship issues with friends and family. I have only been on it for about 6 months and started weaning yesterday. So far, im having the usual brain zaps, dizziness, and problems keeping my mind focused. I'm hoping to stick it out, since things at work are pretty easy going until mid April. My wife no doubt is waiting for storm. :hearts: I have taken Lexapro in the past to combat some pretty rough childhood issues. Withdrawing from that consisted of a pretty bad couple of weeks. I did taper for about a month, but that may have been a little quick.

Im trying to avoid the mood roller coaster by loading up on St. Johns Wort (I have my doubts about its effectiveness).

I am hoping for no more than a week of withdrawal symptoms before things begin to improve. I'll let you guys know how it goes. I wish there was at least a 25 mg dose I could take to taper off... :flowers:

Take care,

John

Well, im on Day 3 of quitting 50 mg cold turkey...so far, the dizziness and mood swings have been pretty awful. Maybe its in my head, but the high dosage of St Johns Wort may be helping to stabilize my mood. Luckily the symptoms of withdraw haven't gotten worse...im just glad the weekend is coming soon and i'll have some time to relax outside of work...

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Just an FYI, its been a little over a week and I am starting to finally feel pretty good...dizziness is about 90% gone. Im keeping myself busy with work and activities at home and so far am doing ok. Hope to be off this stuff for good!

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Just an FYI, its been a little over a week and I am starting to finally feel pretty good...dizziness is about 90% gone. Im keeping myself busy with work and activities at home and so far am doing ok. Hope to be off this stuff for good!

Day 3 of coming off Pristiq and I wanted to die this morning! Rang my GP who said to take 50mg today - amazing how much better I feel this afternoon, however now I'm worried that I'm back where I started. If I don't take a pill for the next 2 days will I again get to the 3rd day and find myself a blubbering mess with brain zaps & shivers??

I've never, in 12 years of being medicated, ever had such awful side affects when coming off a med

Please let there be alight at the end of this tunnel

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I would call your doc and ask him to set up a plan for you to make it easier, he may also give you something tempory to aleivate the withdrawl symtoms.

It is best to come of meds with a docs supervision.

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I would call your doc and ask him to set up a plan for you to make it easier, he may also give you something tempory to aleivate the withdrawl symtoms.

It is best to come of meds with a docs supervision.

Sorry I didn't explain clearly! This is all happening with my doctors supervision. I did forget to ask why is it you can't cut the Pristiq & have half a pill??

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I would call your doc and ask him to set up a plan for you to make it easier, he may also give you something tempory to aleivate the withdrawl symtoms.

It is best to come of meds with a docs supervision.

Sorry I didn't explain clearly! This is all happening with my doctors supervision. I did forget to ask why is it you can't cut the Pristiq & have half a pill??

sorry you are having such a hard time:-(

If the pristiq is extended release then if you cut the pill you run the risk of getting way to much medication which can lead to big problems. the coating is there to release a certian amount of the meds at certian time during the day.

hope that helps. best of luck!

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