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Pristiq: Effective Antidepressant for Major Depressive Disorder?

 

Brand name: Pristiq

Generic name: Desvenlafaxine succinate

Pristiq: An Overview:

DepressionPristiq is an antidepressant frequently used to treat Major Depressive Disorder. It is always important with this and all antidepressants to discuss with your doctor all the benefits and side effects prior to taking your first dosage of this depression medicine. Antidepressants have been known to increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in teenagers and younger children. All adult and pediatric patients taking their initial dose of this or any other antidepressants should be watched closely for changes in actions or moods, especially when they first start therapy or when their dosage has been increased or decreased. All patients should contact their doctors immediately if any new symptoms seem to develop for the first time or to get worse. Some of the more common signs to watch out for include anxiety, sleeplessness, hostility, restlessness, impulsive or dangerous behavior and thoughts and statements about either dying or suicide. Pristiq has not been approved at the present time for use with pediatric patients.

 

Are there any individuals who should not take Pristiq?

You should never take Pristiq if you're allergic to any of its ingredients or if you are allergic in particular to venlafaxine hydrochloride, the active ingredient in Effexor. Also, you should not take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) within two weeks before or after treatment with this antidepressant. It has been noted that in some cases, serious and even possibly fatal reactions may occur. Examples of  MAOIs include selegiline and the antidepressants phenelzine and tranylcypromine.

Should I take Pristiq if I'm pregnant or breast-feeding?

You should always tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding , prior to taking this antidepressant medication. At the present time, it is not known if take Pristiq is safe to use during pregnancy. It may possibly pass into the breast milk and harm your baby. You should talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby while taking this or any other medication.

Also, See:  Pristiq Dosages: How much is too much?

Information adapted from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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