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Pristiq is most commonly prescribed to treat depression. Pristiq is also known by the generic name Desvenlafaxine and is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Desvenlafaxine can help restore serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain to recover your mood, and improve your feelings of well-being.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Pristiq orally once a day. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Pristiq at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Your doctor may choose to start you off on a low dose and gradually increase your dose to prevent side effects. Follow your doctors instructions explicitly to ensure you are taking the correct dose. Some tablets have score lines, however, you should not break them apart unless instructed to by your doctor. The medication should be swallowed whole to ensure you get a correct dose of the medication.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Pristiq. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to bipolar, history of suicide attempts, bleeding problems, family history of glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart problems, history stroke, high cholesterol, kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, and low sodium in the blood. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Pristiq.
While taking Pristiq you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Pristiq.
Side effects for Pristiq can be: increased or excessive sweating, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, sleep problems (insomnia), loss of appetite, tightness in your jaw, nausea, weight loss, blurred vision, nervousness, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Pristiq?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis. In some cases you will be given a low dose and be instructed to gradually increase the dose to prevent side effects. Your doctor will be able to instruct you how to increase your dose safely.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take a few weeks before the medication takes effect. Do not stop taking medication during this time.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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