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tspoon (@tspoon)

Weaning off of Pristiq

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Jan 10 11:38am | Replies (54)

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Hi @towanda. Welcome to Connect! So glad you found out community. There is another thread called "Pristiq withdrawal" linked above that you might find helpful. I'm also tagging @jen0553 and @chrissyt who have posted about this in the past and may be able to hop back in to provide some insights. Also wondering if @tspoon and @withbecka can give us an update on their withdraw process?

Have you talked to your prescriber about tips for weaning off?

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Thank you for the welcome! I'll look for Pristiq withdrawal. After discussing option with my GP, she told me that I should take venlafaxine, Effexor generic. Said I didn't need to taper off Pristiq, just start taking Effexor. I tried and within 3 days I was anxiety-ridden with panic. So paid for Pristiq, but I can't any longer. Insurance company will no longer pay for Pristiq, unless dr. diagnosis me with major depressive disorder. GP said she didn't have enough history to do that. It's a shame, but good thing is that I realize I need to be off these drugs. I will try again to come off, now that I'm understanding that many of the withdrawals are normal, before it just scared me.