For some obscure reason I feel compelled to post bits of the enormous boxed warning on this drug
Desvenlafaxine - PubMed Health
If you are taking this for stomach pain you may wish to speak to your physicain about older meds, which are quite effective, and have a much lower side effect profile. Librax is an oldie but goodie. A lot of docs are going back to the these drugs because of their proven track records, low cost and reduced risk of adverse effects.
Pristiq has less side effects than nearly any other antidepressant on the market right now, at least thats what I've been told. I haven't experienced any so far. Also, most of those side effects come into play at the start of taking the medication, everything dies down when the medication takes full effect after 4-6 weeks. But I appreciate the heads up, they are somewhat scarier meds I'll admit.
Either way, the main reason I'm on pristiq is because of money, being a newer drug, my physician can easily give me a 2 year supply for free, where the older medications could cost thousands.
Don't take antidepressants. My cousin killed himself because of them he was 17 years old, he was also a smoker.
I'm sorry about your cousin, but you can't stario type a medication because of one incident. My bet friend tried to kill herself, and the medication has helped her alot.
Sorry about your cousin, thats really too bad. I'm not now nor have I ever been depressed or suicidal in the slightest. I have heard warnings that if one is suicidial they should be monitered very closesly for the first month or so when taking the medication, but have never heard of someone who is not depressed or suicidal at all becoming so while on an antidepressant.
Speaking from a personal standpoint, I have no reason to go off the medication for the next year or so. It has helped my stomach more than any other medication, before taking it I was struggling to leave the house even a few times a week from the pain, now its still there, but in the back of my mind, only becoming severe for small periods in the day.
Although I haven't noticed a huge mood change, except I'm a lot more calm nowadays. I think antidepressants get a bad rap, and the people that dislike them the most have never taken them, or been in a situation where they needed them.
I'd recommend them to anyone.
Especially if I can smoke while on them.
Edited by jsplasha, 08 July 2011 - 05:30 PM.