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  1. Hello, all. Long-time reader, first-time poster. I started Pristiq on Wednesday, and haven't had a bowel movement since then. This follows hard on the heels of my Seroquel constipation saga. IT's the weekend, and I have no way to get in touch with any of my docs until Monday. Should I just take some MiraLax and hope that does the job? Has anyone else experienced this with Pristiq or another AD?
  2. Hey guys. Just looking for some opinions here and see who could relate. I’ve been an insomniac for 10 years now and suffered from depression for 5. I recently stopped seroquel 25mg which I was on for 10 years for sleep since it stopped working and made me sedated all day. Changed to ambien 10mg and can FINALLY sleep and feel some energy during the day. My problem is finding th correct med to deal with my depression. I feel like I haven’t felt my confident, creative self in years and homesick for that person to come back if that makes since. Lexapro I was on for three years. Wo
  3. So I've seen all these people with Pristiq doses of 150 mg, 200 mg, on up to 400 mg. Pristiq 100 mg did nothing for me. Cymbalta I recently switched to and it's already pooping out. I did well on Effexor but it had a lot of unpardonable side effects, even in low doses, and I had to get to 375 mg before it helped my depression. I've asked my pdoc about it and she's convinced that anything above 100 mg Pristiq is too much. I'm a little desperate here because I've tried like 27 antidepressants and the last one I'm willing to try is imipramine and she said it was more likely to cause wei
  4. -Seeking friends who don't look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I just had a panic attack- Hello there! This is my first blog on here. So here I go, I'm depressed. I started taking antidepressants about two years ago after getting a brain injury from multiple concussions in soccer. Meds combined with therapy have truly saved me, I have been taking Fetzima for depression but now have to switch meds because Fetzima is draining my bank account to refill each month and I am balling on a budget. I also use comedy/jokes to diffuse my anxiety and depression; I hope you enjoy my witt
  5. Has anyone had a basically non-existing appetite on Pristiq? I have had this problem for a few weeks since I had my dose upped to 100mg. It's so hard for me to eat food. I rarely feel hungry and only notice I need to eat when I get irritable and tired. When I try to eat it's hard to choke it down unless it's something like plain bread. I also started Seroquel this week so I was expecting to get at least a little appetite back but it hasn't happened (yet). Has anyone had something similar happen with Pristiq or another drug? How the hell do I fix this? I need to lose weight but I would prefer t
  6. Has anyone been on Pristiq and Seroquel at the same time? Or Effexor and Seroquel? I was just prescribed Seroquel (25mg morn + 25mg noon + 100mg night) after being on Pristiq (100mg daily) for three months with little improvement in refractory depression. I am nervous about starting Seroquel. I want to have hope but *sigh* after all the meds I've tried I kind of gave up on that.
  7. Holy cow! I've been on Pristiq for about four months now. Three months on 50mg and one month on 100mg. I love it. After trying every SSRI, Wellbutrin and Cymbalta....it has been my saving grace. Well, in my procrastinating, ADD nature, I was too lazy to drive my butt to Rite-aid (which is like less than two miles from my house) on Saturday to pick up my refill so I didn't take my pill yesterday. I woke up this morning in a complete fog. I feel dizzy, disoriented, agitated....you name it, I'm feeling it. This happened once before, right after I was discharged from the psych hospi
  8. Short story - MDD d/x'd 3 years ago with EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified - i.e. I restrict, but I'm not thin, I used to purge, but not too much). I also self-harm and have situational anxiety and chronic insomnia. Current meds: 50 mg Pristiq, 450 mg Wellbutrin XR, 2 mg Klonopin (1 at 5:30p, 1 at 8:30p, occasionally 1 as needed), and 10mg Ambien. I've been on the klonopin/ambien combo for a long time and it works pretty well for my sleep. I've been through most of the SSRIs with limited success or horrible side effects, only to find out via a recent GeneSight test that I don't ha
  9. Hi. I'm sorry this is long. My question is at the end... I just switched from Strattera (non-stimulant ADHD medication) & 175 mg Effexor XR to 100 mg Pristiq. (Why? My new psychiatrist thought that Pristiq would reduce the Effexor side-effects (reduced libido, weight gain) and improve my mood. Effexor had initially improved my mood. After 5 months, I didn't think that the Strattera was doing anything for me; psychiatrist plans to add new ADHD medication in April after the transition from Effexor to Pristine.) I'd experienced Effexor withdrawal effects in the past, after 1-2
  10. Hello, I am posting my experience due to the fact that Fetzima is so new and many are changing from either Effexor/Pristiq so I thought I would share. (I apologize ahead for my poor memory, concept of time and any specifics I did not include) Diagnosis: MDD, GAD, Bipolar II, Dsythymia, ADHD, Insomnia Stamped as "Med-Resistant" Well the last 4ish months or so have been quite interesting to say the least, and still going..... I had been on Effexor XR 375mg for around 4 years and it did well in comparison to everything else I have tried (ill post below) but because of bei
  11. Hi guys, I've been on desvenlaxafine (Pristiq/Exsira) 50 mg for the past two weeks. I am taking it as an antidepressant, but hoped that it will help with my migraines. I get at least two a week nowadays, and quite severe, so that I cannot go in to do my work (I am a PhD student, so at least I have some leniency now). I was on Brintellix for depression and it made my headaches worse, so I dumped it for Exsira. Does anybody have success stories with the desvenlaxafine? I seem to have a chronic headache as well, since I started the meds. My doctor said to stick it out and see if it gets bette
  12. Though I came up surrounded by close family members who struggled with various mental illnesses, I wouldn't say I had an especially traumatic or even a really remarkable childhood, apart from the sporadic, sometimes episodic fireworks Crazy can bring. On the whole I had a pretty typical middle class upbringing, for which I am grateful. My older sister served as my introduction to the mysteries and miseries of mental illness. She suffered from Bipolar Disorder, and it was clear my parents despaired at her condition. There was much acting out, at least one suicide attempt that I am aware of, mu
  13. Is strattera basically like pristiq without the serotonin component, and wellbutrin without the dopamine component? Or is that putting it too simply? I ask this because I recently started wellbutrin about a month ago, despite having bad anxiety as SSRI's don't really help me at all if not make me worse. The first couple weeks I felt more relaxed, it felt like when I was on pristiq, but only the good parts and without all the horrible side effects, and I was getting really excited, my appetite even improved actually. But this past week I've been feelinglike I'm also on a stimulant, I'm gue
  14. I've been taking 100mg of Pristiq for a month but the dosage was two 50mg pills taken at the same time in the morning. Then I refilled my prescription, they gave me the 100mg pills to take once daily in the morning. Since then I have been experiencing horrible depression & anxiety, as well as stomach pains, gas, & diarrhea (sorry if that's TMI). I'm worried about these stomach pains that have started since I really haven't changed the dose. Has anyone experienced this? I see my dr on Tuesday & I'm not sure what to do, switch back to Effexor XR or try to stick with this, I'm not su
  15. Hey crazy people Long time reader, never a post-er. Pristiq was (is) the best med i've ever taken but we HAD to say our goodbyes. i've been weaning for weeks and a few days ago swallowed my final pill. was that too dramatic? Now i'm revisitiing my old pal: Wellbutrin, and new one: L-methylfolate, and the Spider Maker: Propranolol. They put the "lol" on the end to be cute. hafuckinghahahah. i tried to commit suicide once or twice but that was years ago! Seriously, i'm doing better. I think we are fully introduced now excited to be here. i think.
  16. My personal experience with Pristiq is certainly unique. It seems to be changing as the events in my life change, and not really in a bad way. I take 50mg a day. I had taken up to 100 mg a day - one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the afternoon. It is VERY EXPENSIVE! I have been taking the med every day for 30 days now. On occasion, I take an ativan for serious anxiety attacks, which make me very sleepy and actually give me headaches if I take them more than a few times in a row. I could tolerate 1 mg at most! I have a lot to say about Pristiq. It is a very helpful med, but yes th
  17. hey guys. i`ve been on ritalin for 7+ years now. i wasn`t treated for ADHD when I was a kid and i was diagnosed with distymia (and many times, double depression) since i was 17, with one psychriatric saying it was even some kind of depressive personality disorder (i have been always been like that - always on the down side). after trying a bunch of meds for depression I developed panic syndrome. they would happen first weekly and then, daily and i`d go to sleep thinking i was going to die and living every day thinking i was dying. anxiety with chest pain and numb left arm, sweating and tachyca
  18. Aint life grand when changing meds for anxiety causes anxiety? FML I have been taking Pristiq for approx 3mo's. Went directly from Celexa one morning to Pristiq the next night. Transitioning from an SSRI to an SSNRI was physically brutal, but I worked through the initial side effects (some not so negative), and found that Pristiq REALLY helped my GAD. I mean, insanely effective. But I would still have moments when I would have to fight off a panic attack--the Oh my god, I can't breathe, I CAN'T BREATHE!!!/ Oh my god, I'm having a stroke/heart attck/aneurysm while driving with my kid
  19. Hi everyone, I'm new here, and after reading through many of the threads, I found the information and your experiences very helpful so I thought I'd post my question. A little background history on myself: I don't have much experience with pdocs or psychotherapy. I've seen several over the past years but nothing every mounted to a full-on, lengthy relationship with a pdoc or with specific meds. I do not know what is wrong with me. When I was 15 yos, I was diagnosed with BD by a pdoc who spoke with me for five minutes, in front of my mother, and based off of my recorded responses to a
  20. Hi People! All I wanted was to switch from Pristiq 100mg to something that would allow me to want an intimate relationship. Must have been asking too much. Only problem with Pristiq was extremely dry mouth, waking up after 2 hours of sleep unable to get back to sleep and probably a little too happy ( lack of empathy, binge eating, etc). Started Fetzima Tuesday, no wean down from Pristiq. Wednesday extremely nauseous, hot flashes, sweating, racing heartbeat, vivid dreams the few hours I did sleep. Thursday more nausea, throwing up, jittery, hot flashes. Too miserable to stay at work. So I'm wai
  21. Hi everybody! ---------------------------------------PREVIOUSLY--------------------------------------- 9 months ago my family doctor prescribed me Citalopram. Killed my libido in 4-6 days. We removed it. Then tried Mirtazapine (15mg), which let me have some control over my thoughts, but I slept a lot. I thought my family doc's prescriptions were not the best choices, so I went to a psychiatrist. ---------------------------------------CURRENTLY--------------------------------------- The psychiatrist administered me several tests, and now I have a folder with all my problems. I've
  22. Does anyone have any bad experiences with this med? It's an snri or whatever and my psychiatrist told me it'll give me more adrenaline? or just energy? I don't know. Any success with this drug?
  23. Hello everyone! I went to my pdoc last week in hopes of starting a new AD as I've been on 100mg of Pristiq for almost 3 years (fantastic go of it with that drug but as always I've had the poop out--have also tried paxil and effexor in the past). Me and the doc decided to go with Zoloft because it's worked quite well for my mother so maybe genetics will play out here? Anyhow I'm working my way up to a full dosage of 200mg and would appreciate any feedback on experiences (especially how it has affected anxiety)
  24. Just wondering if anyone has ever had an elevated heart beat while on Pristiq? Thanks.
  25. Hello, I'm on my second week of taking 50mg of Pristiq and for some reason the side effects have kicked in hardcore now that I started my second week. Everything from being nauseous, to being light headed, to just not feeling like I'm in the moment. Should I give it more time? How much time did you give it? I see my doctor this Friday.
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