Pristiq ( Desvenlafaxine )
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Pristiq is the brand name for the generic drug desvenlafaxine. This drug is mainly used in the treatment of serious depressions and mood problems in the patients. This acts by balancing the levels of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. However this medication can also be used for other ailments prescribed by the doctor. Pristiq is available in strengths of 50 mg and 100 mg tablets and available in bottles of 14, 30, and 90 tablets and in blisters of 10.
Patients who are already suffering from other ailments like kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, clotting disorder, high cholesterol, and history of stroke might need a different dosage of Pristiq. As this is an extended release tablet it should not be chewed when taken. Take it as whole and swallow it with a glass of water. The recommended dosage of Pristiq is 50 mg per day as a single dose. Dosages above 50 mg might not be effective in the patient.
Patients who are allergic to certain medications like venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine should not take Pristiq. If the patient is already taking medications in the group of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors then they should not take Pristiq. If you are taking Eldepryl, Azilect, Parnate, Nardil, Emsam, and Marplan you have to wait for atleast two weeks before you take Pristiq. A gap of one week should be maintained if you want to continue taking Pristiq after stopping the Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors.
A patient below the age of 24 might get suicide thoughts when taking this medication. If you have any worsening of the symptoms like aggressiveness, hyperactive, trouble sleeping, hurting yourself, agitated etc, then you have to visit the doctor without fail to make any changes to the dosages of the medication. People drinking alcohol might get some side effects if they continue taking Pristiq. You should not avoid taking Pristiq immediately as that might also affect your behavior. Pregnant women should not take this medication from the third trimester as it might affect the baby. Breast feeding should also be avoided if the patient is taking Pristiq.
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