Basic Information On Pristiq
Pristiq is a serotonin and nor-epinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It is related to the atypical-opioids. The drug is an anti-depressant. The drug is sold as an extended release tablet which is meant for oral route of administration. The drug is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder. In the treatment of menopause the drug is being aimed at being the first used as a non-hormonal therapy. The drug acts by inhibiting the re-uptake of serotonin and nor-epinephrine. These are the neurotransmitters that affect mood of individuals. Thus the drug acts on the chemicals of the brain that are responsible for causing depression. Precaution must be taken for patients who are being switched from any anti-depressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO-I) therapy to brand or generic Pristiq.
Precautions / Side Effects For Pristiq
The most common side effect of Pristiq is nausea. Other common side effects of the drug are headache, sweating, insomnia, constipation, dizziness, hyperhidrosis, decreased appetite, anxiety, glaucoma, low blood sodium level, seizures, increased triglyceride and cholesterol level, hypertension, abnormal bleeding or bruising, night terrors, somnolence, diarrhea, delayed ejaculation and priapism. The side effects of Desvenlafaxine are similar to the other SNRI drugs. If any of the above mentioned side effects worsen, then contact your health care provider or physician for advice.
Rare side effects of brand or generic Pristiq are increase in blood pressure, increase in heart rate in patients with pre-existing medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and problems with blood pressure. Therefore, administer the drug with caution and with your physician’s advice if you have these pre-existing conditions. Abrupt discontinuation of the drug may lead to withdrawal symptoms. Intolerable symptoms may also occur on abrupt withdrawal of the drug. Therefore, withdrawal of the drug Desvenlafaxine should be a gradual process.
In the treatment of major depressive disorder the dose of Pristiq is recommended to be 50 mg to be administered daily once. It can be taken with food or without food. The maximum daily dose of 400 mg per day should not be exceeded. If any adverse reactions occur with higher doses then the dose should be reduced. Before beginning treatment with the Pristiq drug, special tests may be required and dose adjustment required for patients with manic depression, kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, history of stroke, heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure, epilepsy/seizures and bleeding or clotting disorders.
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