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Anyone taking Pristiq for anxiety/depression?

I just started it and I cant figure out when to take it. It makes me exhausted for two hours and then I didnt sleep AT ALL last night. Seriously was in bed with my so at 830pm and I didnt fall asleep until 530am and slept until 8am. I had taken my pill at 6pm. Anyone else?
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Re: Anyone taking Pristiq for anxiety/depression?

  • I took Pristiq for a little while & had nothing but problems with it!  I didn't sleep, my anxiety heightened & then I began to have horrible suicidal thoughts.  Needless to say I took myself off of it,
  • I don't have PPD and usually just lurk seeing I've been on a lot of anti-depressants...but I took Pristiq in the morning and it seemed to work better for me. Just be careful before adding any other prescription meds to it, it can make you react weirdly. 
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  • Yes, I've been on it for over a year and I love it. It did take a few weeks to work out the kinks, but after that all the side effects went away.

    The only negative thing I can say about the meds is that it increased my blood pressure for awhile. I have always had excellent bp at 117/70 and it went up quite a bit after I started the meds. It took a little while but now I'm back to my normal bp  but there for awhile there was a question if I was even going to be able to stay on the meds it was so high..... And coming from somebody who's completely healthy with a healthy bp and no bp issues in my family.. it was pretty scary. So I'd watch that.

  • i took it a few weeks ago for a week and it was AWFUL. also caused suicidal thoughts. i was switching from cymbalta over to pritiq. 
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  • i was on it for a year before i got pregnant. it helped me tremendously. it took about 2 weeks for my body to adjust to it. i took it in the mornings. if i hadnt had it by noon, i could (as could my co-workers and boss) tell a big difference. my doc took me off of it when i became pregnant, and as much as i hate to say it, i miss my pristiq. i seem to function better with it.
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