Pristiq
DESCRIPTION

Pristiq is a medication used my individuals suffering from depression. It is useful in improving mood and feelings of wellbeing among people with depression.

How it works

Pristiq belongs to a group of medications known as SNRIs. Selection serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors generally work by restoring the imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain.

Uses

Pristiq is mainly used to treat depression. It is also useful in treating panic attacks and anxiety. This medication can be used to treat hot flashes that occur during menopause too.

Dosage

Pristiq is generally consumed once a day, by mouth, with or without food. The dosage will be based on the uniqueness of your condition and the way you respond to the medication. The dosage must only be determined by a qualified healthcare provider.

You must not chew, crush or dissolve this medication in water. This can release the entire drug at once. This in turn will increase the occurrence of side effects. To avoid the risk of possible side effects, your physician might ask you to start with a low dosage and will increase it gradually. In this case, do not attempt to make any changes to the dosage without consulting your physician. Remember, increasing the dosage will not enhance the effectiveness of the medication. It will only make your condition worse.

Also, you must not discontinue the treatment until your physician asks you to do so. Stopping the treatment abruptly can lead to certain unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These include mood swings, tiredness and sleep changes. You must decrease your dose gradually before you discontinue the treatment fully. You must keep taking Pristiq even if you feel well. Do not stop consuming the medication just because your symptoms disappeared.

It can take several weeks for this medication to work. During this time period, make sure to adhere to your prescription.

Side effects

The following are some unpleasant side effects that you will experience when consuming Pristiq.

Dizziness
Nausea
Constipation
Drowsiness
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Nervousness
Trouble sleeping
Excessive sweating

Even though you might not experience all of the above, it is important to look out for all of them.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be followed strictly to reduce the occurrence of possible side effects.

Brief your healthcare provider about your medical history.
Make sure that you are not allergic to any ingredients used in Pristiq.
Do not engage in tasks that require you to be alert. This medication can make you drowsy.
Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.
Be careful when giving this medication to older adults as they are more susceptible towards certain side effects such as dizziness.
If you getting a surgery, inform your surgeon or dentist about all the medications that you are currently taking.

Self-care

During the period of pregnancy, use Pristiq very carefully. This medication must only be consumed when it is absolutely essential since it can harm an unborn baby if it is overused.

This drug is passed on to infants through breast milk and it can also affect infants adversely. Therefore, it is best to avoid nursing while taking this medication.

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