Pristiq – See Related Topics
Pristiq, also known generically as desvenlafaxine, is prescribed by medical professionals for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Pristiq is an SNRI (selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant that works by adjusting the levels of both serotonin and epinephrine in the brain. Serotonin and epinephrine are neurotransmitters that help to regulate mood. Other uses of Pristiq have included treatment of anxiety disorder, panic disorder, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), menopausal symptoms, and even chronic neuropathic pain.
Pristiq is a strong drug – said to be the most effective at inhibiting serotonin reuptake by ten times that of other similar drugs. With that greater ability to modify the mood in the brain comes an increased chance of abuse by individuals taking the medication. Self-management to increase the positive sensation brought upon by this drug’s use can include increases in dosages or more frequently taking Pristiq, and either can lead to problems. Long-term, excessive dosing of Pristiq can bring on side effects such as liver necrosis, kidney damage, changes in heart rate, seizure, and even coma.
Whether you’ve used Pristiq yourself or know someone who has, you may have questions about this prescription drug. To learn more, select a frequently asked question from the list, or call a representative from The Recovery Village to find out more.