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|03-05-2012, 09:43 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Blog Entries: 11
Yes, and I hated it. When I first started taking it I felt just sort of dead inside. Then I think i got used to it cuz I felt more normal but thing that was crazy for me about pristiq was if I was just 2 hours late with my dose i was soooooo confused weepy and my jaw clenched. One night my 22 yr old son had to drive me to the hospital to pick up some cuz i had run out and could not even drive myself. I then made an effort to wean off it. They said do NOT cut the tablets, but my pharmacist told me that was fine.
for me prisitq was a nightmare. you can google a lot of forums out there and read about pristiq. I guess it may help some, but there is a lot of horror stories out there. It made me crazy...I have been off it almost a year now and feel totally normal.
|03-05-2012, 09:52 AM||#4 (permalink)|
all medications can be life savers or nightmare.
I took Effexor long time ago (also antidepressant) and it worked only for a while. Getting off it was a nightmare.
Some people swear to Wellbutrin, but it's not for everyone.
I think every person should examine how the medication is affecting them and discuss with their doctor.
Pristique did NOT have that negative effect on me, so you can't generalize the med to be the same for everyone.
|03-05-2012, 01:52 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Well the reason I was asking is because I'm reading it's good for depression but doesn't seem to help anxiety much due to the norepinephrine aspect of the med. I'm on day 22 and feel like it's agitating my anxiety. Since my system is so sensitive to anything that can possibly cause anxiety I'd say it's safe to say this will continue, but wanted to see what you guys thought.
I remember about 20 years ago as a kid they gave me zoloft and had to take me off it because it spun me into an out-of-control manic state. So I called the doc 3 weeks ago and asked if I could try an ssri again and he called me in pristiq, I'm seeing the doc tomorrow but curious why we would try and sNri before an sSri seeing as how I'm susceptible to anxiety.
|03-05-2012, 02:44 PM||#6 (permalink)|
But it's best to pay attention to your own reactions to any medication and try something else if the one that's making you uneasy doesn't work.
|03-05-2012, 04:11 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
|03-06-2012, 02:35 PM||#10 (permalink)|
After I got better and had my colostomy surgery returned to normal, I decided I needed to do something to stop drinking. that was in April 2011.
However, stopping drinking didn't stop my anxiety and the family drama continued. I couldn't sleep for days at a time. Got panic/anxiety attacks where I felt the house was going to fall and crush me.
The doctor gave me Pristiq, for antidepression, Seroquel to be able to sleep and Xanex for flare up anxiety attacks.
I'm doing much better than before and learning how to set boundaries with my stressors (my kids) and taking one day at a time.
|03-08-2012, 04:01 AM||#12 (permalink)|
My psychiatrist is good. We talk, I always bring up the danger of me becoming addicted to something, she knows about my alcohol problem and when I went to rehab. It was actually in April of 2010 not 2011. I can't believe time has gone by so fast.
I also don't rely just on her, but try and listen to my own body, thoughts and addictive voice and I know when I'm crossing the line. At this point the meds are necessary. I'm too wound up and my mind just won't settle down. If I don't sleep, I'd go insane.
This condition is an accumulation of stressful events over the past 15 years. So I feel like I have a post traumatic stress syndrome. I'm slowly stabilizing my life without alcohol and learning how to set boundaries and try to live with peace and quiet/drama free life.
|03-08-2012, 06:14 AM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: upstate NY - mentally under salt water
I was on Lexapro 10mg and when that stopped working 20mg. When that was no longer effective I was put on Pristiq 50mg. It has worked for years now. I have depression issues rather than anxiety and my understanding is that it's an anti-depressant not anti-anxiety.
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|06-14-2012, 12:12 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: i live in my own world, but it's okay, they know me here...
I have been on pristique for a year. I love it. It doesn't do much for anxiety but it held me a lot with depression. I was on lexapro before this and it made me miserable. Everyone is different. Good luck!
|06-14-2012, 12:37 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Midwest USA
I'm on Effexor which is similar to Pristique. It helps with depression but I have to take Ativan for my terrible anxiety. Doctor knows I'm in recovery from serious drug/alcohol addiction but I use to drink to self-medicate from the anxiety.
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