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I have been off and on effexor for 12 years or so. I always come off because I feel so good on it it is hard to remember what it is like without.... and because of a couple of troublesome side effects - notably weight gain, constipation (bad) and zero libido.

This time i have been off a couple of months and have just restarted but this time with pristiq. My doc sid he is starting patients on this one rather that effexor as it seems to have less side effects and is usually effective at a lower dose.

Well, i started 3 days ago and i have terrible, terrible nausea, lack of appetite, weight loss and anxiety. I feel like my heart is thumping really hard and feeling jittery/nervous.

Anyone else experience this? And how long did it last? I don't remember the jittery feeling with effexor - definitely the nausea....

I really debated going onto the pristiq because effexor works so well, if i could get as good a result without the on going side effects i would be much more content to stay on....i feel so silly going off for side effects when i feel so bad now and that it will take a few weeks to stabilise :shocked:

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Hi surfergirl, I have read that nausea seems to be the most common side effect of Pristiq. Most psychiatrists want you to stay on a med for at least 4 weeks unless your side effects are serious. You'll have to decide if you want to give Pistiq a chance of working well with less side effects in the long run. It might be worth it to stay on it longer.

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I think Pristiq is a bit more stimulating yes. I've also been on and off Efexor a stupid amount of times lol. This time i'm off it for good though. It got to the point where the nightmares were soooooooo sooooooo bad and the extreme restlessness made me unable to function. I'm actually going to Pristiq again after failing with Lexapro.

For me the worst side effect with Pristiq was my sleep. It wasn't happening basically all night. This time i've been given sleeping tablets and my doc thinks the sleep thing might settle after a month. This was why I stopped it last trial. But it definitely is better than Lexapro and Efexor for me. The nightmares aren't as bad and I actually noticed I have more of a sex drive on Pristiq which is quite good. I also notice the start up nausea, i'm really med sensitive which can suck.

Let us know how you're doing :)

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i had less anxiety/tension today - although it did come in waves. i am probably just worried that it isn't going to work for me. Effexor was always so good for me but i am hoping the sexual side effects will be less - also the weight gain.

my sleep has been poor too - go off ok, but wake several times a night and am awake from about 3am onwards.....

i am super impatient - just want to be better NOW! LOL

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I know what you mean haha .. I already feel better after trying Lexapro, didn't realise how numb and down I felt on Lexapro till i'm now off of it.

Hopefully it keeps getting better for both of us !

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

hi surfergirl, l've been on effexor for the last 5 years then it pooped out on me and had to switch to pristiq. l have been on it nearly 5 months and l'm tritating all the way up to 300mgs. l'm also using a benzo as an aide for the time being. I also get waves of anxiety that come and go but that's why l'm still increasing. l dont seriously think that pristiq is the wonderful new 'effexor' that we thought. I think it's just metabalised different but that's about it. If l wasn't so determined to make it work for me l would have switched back to effexor months ago. l was on 300mgs of effexor before it pooped out on me. Good luck, luv tanya.

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I'm on effexor at 37.5mg only. Cant go higher. If you are med sensitive, since pristiq start at50mg and from what my previous therapist told me its about 100 mg of effexor (at least), you definitely can get worst side effects. I wont even go to pristiq cause I KNOW I would have bad side effects (heart racing and stuff).

My combo is effexot at 37.5 mg with .5mg of klonopin together in the morning. works wonder for me when taken together. .5 in the afternoon and .5 in the evening. I am not afraid of taking a benzo. Have been taking it for 7 years and aint getting off anywhere soon. Since I'm AD sensitive and I mean REAL sensitive thats my only option. I tried many ADs and they just screw with my head and the side effects are unbearable. Effexor always worked for me although I had some thyroide problems with it at some point and had to stop but I was taking 75mg than. So now at 37.5mg I'm fine and along with the klonopin, the combo works pretty well for me.

We all are different so what might work for one might not for another. If Pristiq works well for you its great. If not, dont give up until you find the right med or combo of med for you.

good luck!

:shocked:

Joyce

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surfergirl, I'm on Cymbalta, the other SNRI. It wasn't handling the anxiety well. My pdoc tried me on a blood pressure med that's supposed to help but it didn't. Then we tried Buspirone which helped some. Now I'm taking some gabapentin and I'm finally doing fine.

As Joyce says, we all have different results and just need to find the right med or combo that works for us.

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Pristiq seems to be going ok for me minus the insomnia, but I had that on Efexor also. The restlessness and anxiety isn't as bad for me on Pristiq as it started to become on Efexor. Just hope the sleep thing sorts itself out!

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Well, saw my dotor yesterday and I asked him to give me klonopin 3-4 times a day as I was really not doing that good. He said no and explained why which I have to say I agree. He said why dont we upper your dosage of effexor to 75mg instead? I'm willing to give it a try just I am a bit afraid cause in the past I had hyperthyroide caused by effexor. When I went off I was fine. But effexor is the only med that really works well for me. So, I am trying again right now at 75mg and will go down on the klonopin. I was soooo tired and apathic with 3-4 klonopin a days. but I was scared and confused cause I wasnt feeling well. I'm suppose to take 75mg one day, 37,5mg the other day and so on.

Pristiq scares me. Its seems to be more stimulating and I dont know if I can handle that. And I'm fine for now with effexor so I will see.

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I'm 4 days into coming off Cymbalta to try Pristiq. Did Cymbalta for about 5 months until low moods and anxiety returned. Intially was great and I'd been a productive member of society. I was even nice and pleasant to be around - my old self from many years ago. The last two weeks have been hell though. No effects from reducing medication, just quick return of despressive behaviour. It's abosolute torture after having a glimpse at a 'normal, happy' life.

I've never been on Effexor, so I won't be able to compare it to Pristiq. Everything I reading though seems to indicate Pristiq to being the new sister of Effexor (which has good feedback). I'm just wondering if it is faster acting since there is no need for incremental increases of dosage? I hoping that 2 weeks on Pristiq will be enough to handle family christmas !!

Thanks to all for their posting's on their experiences with Prisiq. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :santagrin:

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

Surprise surprise, i'm back on Efexor again too :shocked:

It's never ending. Such a love/hate relationship with it for me. The SE's are so annoying and hate the nightmares, but it's the only med that keeps me somewhat stable and on the fence (kinda like just sitting there waiting to over balance)

My doc said maybe I need a higher dose. Bring on the mania again. Woohoo

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

Surprise surprise, i'm back on Efexor again too :shocked:

It's never ending. Such a love/hate relationship with it for me. The SE's are so annoying and hate the nightmares, but it's the only med that keeps me somewhat stable and on the fence (kinda like just sitting there waiting to over balance)

My doc said maybe I need a higher dose. Bring on the mania again. Woohoo

ha ha, we are two peas in a pod!

i have been on 150 now for 3 weeks and feeling good. Maybe a faster start up this time - usually it is 4 weeks or so, maybe the 5 days on pristiq jump started me.

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

Surprise surprise, i'm back on Efexor again too :shocked:

It's never ending. Such a love/hate relationship with it for me. The SE's are so annoying and hate the nightmares, but it's the only med that keeps me somewhat stable and on the fence (kinda like just sitting there waiting to over balance)

My doc said maybe I need a higher dose. Bring on the mania again. Woohoo

ha ha, we are two peas in a pod!

i have been on 150 now for 3 weeks and feeling good. Maybe a faster start up this time - usually it is 4 weeks or so, maybe the 5 days on pristiq jump started me.

LOL seems that way doesn't it!!! I'm seeing my doctor next week and going up to 150mg. Do you take any other meds with the Efexor?

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

Surprise surprise, i'm back on Efexor again too :shocked:

It's never ending. Such a love/hate relationship with it for me. The SE's are so annoying and hate the nightmares, but it's the only med that keeps me somewhat stable and on the fence (kinda like just sitting there waiting to over balance)

My doc said maybe I need a higher dose. Bring on the mania again. Woohoo

ha ha, we are two peas in a pod!

i have been on 150 now for 3 weeks and feeling good. Maybe a faster start up this time - usually it is 4 weeks or so, maybe the 5 days on pristiq jump started me.

LOL seems that way doesn't it!!! I'm seeing my doctor next week and going up to 150mg. Do you take any other meds with the Efexor?

No, 150mg effexor seems to be right for me. occasionally i go up to 225 whilst stabilising and then down to 150mg again a few months later. I counted up - i have been on and off effexor 9 times. I guess i should have just stayed on and avoided all the unnecessary heartache.

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well, i ended up going back to effexor - anxiety came back again big time, i really don't want to take any other med (like a benzo or whatever) to manage the anxiety. During the day it was sort of bearable, but at night i just couldn't stand it. Maybe it would have gone away in time, i dunno. I took 75mg effexor yesterday morning and i slept like a baby last night.

Hi Guys, I am writing this as I am conserned for my wife, she wen on Effexor 10 years ago and gradually went from 150mh to 225mg and all has been ok, she recently saw a Dr who prescribed Pristiq in 100mg, which she has been taking for 2 weeks now.... I have watched her go to a dark place almost everyday and she has been more angry at the kids and unreasnable in disscussions with myself, she tried calling her Dr who is on hoiday at presen, so she is going back on effexor today at 300mg to see if she can pull around... I will let you know how she goes... (lucky I work from home so I can help her!)

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Hi Guys, I am writing this as I am conserned for my wife, she wen on Effexor 10 years ago and gradually went from 150mh to 225mg and all has been ok, she recently saw a Dr who prescribed Pristiq in 100mg, which she has been taking for 2 weeks now.... I have watched her go to a dark place almost everyday and she has been more angry at the kids and unreasnable in disscussions with myself, she tried calling her Dr who is on hoiday at presen, so she is going back on effexor today at 300mg to see if she can pull around... I will let you know how she goes... (lucky I work from home so I can help her!)

Yeah alot of people are having the same issue... Efexor works alot better for me than Pristiq. It made me alot more irritable and depressed too. Although i'm still at 75mg of Efexor, I need to go up I just don't have the motivation to go to the doctor at the moment.

I also have Seroquel to help with sleep and my moods etc.

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(((Joyce))))

Good to see a familiar face around here!!

Well it's been a week on Pristiq, and all I have to report is MAJOR anxiety! I wake up with the worst anxiety EVER. I don't even want to go to get up for work. I think I'm going to take some vacation days next week to take some time for myself to deal with the nasty anxiety SE. Thankfully I have some Xanax to help that and Seroquel for sleep.

Has anyone else experienced heightend levels of anxiety when they first started Pristiq??

Since this is my 3rd AD I'm trying in less than a year, I do remember that it gets worse before it gets better, but this anxiety is making me not able to function!!! Have to stick with it though......... :shocked: Just hoping this will finally be the AD that is going to work for me.

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Pristiq scares me. Its seems to be more stimulating and I dont know if I can handle that. And I'm fine for now with effexor so I will see.

:shocked:

Joyce

(((JOYCE))) :wwww:

Hey friend! What do you mean by Pristiq being more stimulating?

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(((Joyce))))

Good to see a familiar face around here!!

Well it's been a week on Pristiq, and all I have to report is MAJOR anxiety! I wake up with the worst anxiety EVER. I don't even want to go to get up for work. I think I'm going to take some vacation days next week to take some time for myself to deal with the nasty anxiety SE. Thankfully I have some Xanax to help that and Seroquel for sleep.

Has anyone else experienced heightend levels of anxiety when they first started Pristiq??

Since this is my 3rd AD I'm trying in less than a year, I do remember that it gets worse before it gets better, but this anxiety is making me not able to function!!! Have to stick with it though......... :wwww: Just hoping this will finally be the AD that is going to work for me.

Tink

(((Tink))))

Darn! I responded and than (again) did preview but forgot to click 'add reply' :taz:

What I said is you dont have to suffer that much. Maybe you can tapper the zoloft instead of going from 100mg to 0?

IMO there is side effect and side effects! You dont have to suffer so much. Maybe try to call your dotor if you cant see him for awhile and explain what is happening. I cant believe he will let you be in state or he'll have to deal with me! :sneaky2:

Seriously though, do something about this. I hate seeing you feeling that way when I know it doesnt have to be that hard.

Listen to mom Joyce :shocked:

:huh:

Joyce

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Pristiq scares me. Its seems to be more stimulating and I dont know if I can handle that. And I'm fine for now with effexor so I will see.

:shocked:

Joyce

(((JOYCE))) :wwww:

Hey friend! What do you mean by Pristiq being more stimulating?

Tink

Well, I have read that 50mg of pristiq is like around 150mg of effexor. Its high which might explain your anxiety being so high plus getting off the zoloft from 100mg to 0.

An AD is to help people that suffer from depression to have more energy so its why I say its more stimulating and since pristiq lowest dosage is already kind of high (I gave the comparaison between pristiq and effexor) it might be one reason you feel so anxious plus cutting off the zoloft.

I'm no doctor but I am just trying to make an observation.

:sneaky2:

Joyce

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My anxiety escalated on Pristiq as well. I did not get this same reaction on 75mg Effexor. I really wanted Pristiq to work, but it just wasn't all that effective.

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My anxiety escalated on Pristiq as well. I did not get this same reaction on 75mg Effexor. I really wanted Pristiq to work, but it just wasn't all that effective.

Cant you go back on 75mg effexor?

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(((Tink))))

Darn! I responded and than (again) did preview but forgot to click 'add reply' :happy:

What I said is you dont have to suffer that much. Maybe you can tapper the zoloft instead of going from 100mg to 0?

IMO there is side effect and side effects! You dont have to suffer so much. Maybe try to call your dotor if you cant see him for awhile and explain what is happening. I cant believe he will let you be in state or he'll have to deal with me! :huh:

Seriously though, do something about this. I hate seeing you feeling that way when I know it doesnt have to be that hard.

Listen to mom Joyce :shocked:

:taz:

Joyce

((( Mamma Joyce)))

I just realized I missed reading this post as I was going through my emails! Sorry I didn't respond sooner! Well just to update you I'm feeling much better SE wise. Now I'm just waiting to feel better in every other dept. Nothing to report of as of yet. I guess I have to wait it out AGAIN. Man am I ever get tired of this song and dance. :sneaky2:

How are you doing???? Is the Effexor still working good? How long did it take when you switched from Zoloft to start feeling better?

:wwww:

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