Pristiq: Effective Antidepressant for Major Depressive Disorder?
Brand name: Pristiq
Generic name: Desvenlafaxine succinate
Pristiq: An Overview:
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
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.
Pristiq Dosages: How much is too much?
Information adapted from The PDR
Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional Information and webpage by
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)