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Desvenlafaxine (also known as Pristiq) is a prescription drug that treats major depression. It is in a class of antidepressants called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). This drug affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. These chemicals are also linked to anxiety. Desvenlafaxine makes people feel better by restoring balance in certain parts of their brains.
✓ Relieving symptoms of depression
Ongoing medication management costs $55/month
What is desvenlafaxine?
Desvenlafaxine (also known as Pristiq) is used to treat major depression. Desvenlafaxine can help decrease disruption to social life and leisure activity, family life and home responsibilities, and work for many patients. It may improve your mood, energy level, and feelings of well-being.
How does desvenlafaxine work?
Desvenlafaxine belongs to a group of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by increasing the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. These chemicals are thought to play a part in depression and other conditions. By working on these chemicals, desvenlafaxine may improve how you feel when you have depression.
What are the side effects of desvenlafaxine?
Common side effects include nausea, sweating, constipation, dizziness, and weight or appetite changes. Some desvenlafaxine patients also experienced trouble sleeping, changes in libido, and sexual dysfunction. Patients are encouraged to speak with their provider if they feel that these side effects are having a negative impact on their daily lives.
How do I take desvenlafaxine?
Desvenlafaxine should be taken as prescribed by your healthcare provider. It’s important to follow your doctor’s directions for taking desvenlafaxine. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember—unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip it and take your next scheduled dose. Your provider may start you on a low dose of this medication and gradually increase your dose.
Can I take desvenlafaxine with other medications?
Yes, you can take desvenlafaxine with other medications. Make sure to check for interactions with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.
Are there any risks when taking desvenlafaxine?
Patients should be aware that they may experience increased heart rate while taking desvenlafaxine, especially when they are beginning a new prescription. If you have any heart conditions or are currently on medication for your heart, it’s a good idea to tell your healthcare provider before starting desvenlafaxine. Let your provider know if you have high blood pressure, bleeding problems, or seizures. Talk to your provider if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed before taking desvenlafaxine.
How quickly does desvenlafaxine work?
In clinical trials, desvenlafaxine was shown to provide depression relief in as little as two weeks. However, some people may not notice improvement until they’ve been taking desvenlafaxine for several weeks. It’s important to keep taking your medication each day so that you can get maximum relief from your symptoms. It is important to not stop Desvenlafaxine suddenly as this can cause withdrawal symptoms. If you plan to discontinue use of this medication, talk to your provider about a plan to taper your dose gradually.
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