Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race

Posted by Native Floridian @nativefloridian, Jan 7, 2012

Has anyone successfully tapered off Pristiq? If so, what was your plan? I am considering going off this medicine. I take 50 mg per day and have done so for about 2 years. I understand there are very significant withdrawal symptoms and I would like to stop taking Pristiq because it causes my heart to race when the time release happens. I am afraid this medicine may not be good for the heart because the clinical trials state that anyone with a heart condition was not allowed to take it.

I quit Pristiq cold turkey the night before my wedding. I haven’t experienced any withdraw effects at all and that was 10 days ago. I was on it for 6 months,and I haven’t had any with so I guess everyone is different.

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@kmunroe

I wanted to post this to help anyone withdrawing or considering withdrawl from pristiq.I was taking 50 mg’s per day for 2 years. I didn’t want to take any drugs anymore. I wanted to “battle” on my own. No judgement – I hated my side effects from the drug. I experienced a signifigant lack of intrests in all things creative, sex, music (i am a life long musician) Also I felt it deadened my ability to be passionate about anything? I never actually “felt” anything while taking the drug? Before I started it I felt absolutely hopeless, if not for my animals I don’t know what I may have done. ok – I decided 6 weeks ago I was getting off this drug. I spoke with my doctor and started to taper. 50 mg everyother day for 10 days, than I cut the pills in half(yes I know NOW there was a time release coating) for 10 days, than cut into quarters (12.5 mg’s for 5 days, now 3 days completely off. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. This drug is a beast. Side effects have included horrible VIVID nightmares of betrayl, weird taste in my mouth, weird smells, weight all over the map, feeling like constant out of body experience, mood swings, despair, insomnia. But – it is getting better every day. There is life after pristiq… I have focussed through all of my symptoms on knowing – it is the withdrawl! NOT ME! Hard to do. But do able. Just know in your core it is the drug NOT YOU losing it. For me – it seems like this drug surpressed my emotions/feelings/issues the moment it got in my system and now i’m dealing with these issues again as I coming off the drug. I admit I am way better suited Now compared to 2 years ago to deal with these things and not everybody will be as “LUCKY” as I am, so just know that. Also, I let everyone close to me know what I was doing for support reasons. If anyone has any questions I would humbly lend advice and support. MY DOCTOR IS COMPLETELY INEPT AND INCOMPETENT RE: PRISTIQ AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO PRISTIQ! Remember – you are NOT alone. Just reach out…

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1 week off of pristiq and I feel absolutely horrible…
More so at night time’s as I’m busy throughout the day with my children..
How long do the brain zaps, headaches, dizziness and feeling short of breath last?
I wish I never went on it, not something the doc should prescribe just for anxiety… quitting cold turkey

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@kmunroe

I wanted to post this to help anyone withdrawing or considering withdrawl from pristiq.I was taking 50 mg’s per day for 2 years. I didn’t want to take any drugs anymore. I wanted to “battle” on my own. No judgement – I hated my side effects from the drug. I experienced a signifigant lack of intrests in all things creative, sex, music (i am a life long musician) Also I felt it deadened my ability to be passionate about anything? I never actually “felt” anything while taking the drug? Before I started it I felt absolutely hopeless, if not for my animals I don’t know what I may have done. ok – I decided 6 weeks ago I was getting off this drug. I spoke with my doctor and started to taper. 50 mg everyother day for 10 days, than I cut the pills in half(yes I know NOW there was a time release coating) for 10 days, than cut into quarters (12.5 mg’s for 5 days, now 3 days completely off. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. This drug is a beast. Side effects have included horrible VIVID nightmares of betrayl, weird taste in my mouth, weird smells, weight all over the map, feeling like constant out of body experience, mood swings, despair, insomnia. But – it is getting better every day. There is life after pristiq… I have focussed through all of my symptoms on knowing – it is the withdrawl! NOT ME! Hard to do. But do able. Just know in your core it is the drug NOT YOU losing it. For me – it seems like this drug surpressed my emotions/feelings/issues the moment it got in my system and now i’m dealing with these issues again as I coming off the drug. I admit I am way better suited Now compared to 2 years ago to deal with these things and not everybody will be as “LUCKY” as I am, so just know that. Also, I let everyone close to me know what I was doing for support reasons. If anyone has any questions I would humbly lend advice and support. MY DOCTOR IS COMPLETELY INEPT AND INCOMPETENT RE: PRISTIQ AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO PRISTIQ! Remember – you are NOT alone. Just reach out…

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Did u step off gradually? I did half doses for two months then every other day for a month. It took several months for the brain zaps to stop completely. It\’s with it in the end but I would strongly suggest not stopping cold turkey! That\’s dangerous! I also supplemented with Rhodelia Rodea and St. John\’s wart for the anxiety and mood swings, it helps and it\’s all natural.
I will NEVER take an anti depressant again because if Pristiq!
Hang in there and good luck.

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@kmunroe

I wanted to post this to help anyone withdrawing or considering withdrawl from pristiq.I was taking 50 mg’s per day for 2 years. I didn’t want to take any drugs anymore. I wanted to “battle” on my own. No judgement – I hated my side effects from the drug. I experienced a signifigant lack of intrests in all things creative, sex, music (i am a life long musician) Also I felt it deadened my ability to be passionate about anything? I never actually “felt” anything while taking the drug? Before I started it I felt absolutely hopeless, if not for my animals I don’t know what I may have done. ok – I decided 6 weeks ago I was getting off this drug. I spoke with my doctor and started to taper. 50 mg everyother day for 10 days, than I cut the pills in half(yes I know NOW there was a time release coating) for 10 days, than cut into quarters (12.5 mg’s for 5 days, now 3 days completely off. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. This drug is a beast. Side effects have included horrible VIVID nightmares of betrayl, weird taste in my mouth, weird smells, weight all over the map, feeling like constant out of body experience, mood swings, despair, insomnia. But – it is getting better every day. There is life after pristiq… I have focussed through all of my symptoms on knowing – it is the withdrawl! NOT ME! Hard to do. But do able. Just know in your core it is the drug NOT YOU losing it. For me – it seems like this drug surpressed my emotions/feelings/issues the moment it got in my system and now i’m dealing with these issues again as I coming off the drug. I admit I am way better suited Now compared to 2 years ago to deal with these things and not everybody will be as “LUCKY” as I am, so just know that. Also, I let everyone close to me know what I was doing for support reasons. If anyone has any questions I would humbly lend advice and support. MY DOCTOR IS COMPLETELY INEPT AND INCOMPETENT RE: PRISTIQ AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO PRISTIQ! Remember – you are NOT alone. Just reach out…

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I ended up quitting cold turkey. I just gritted my teeth and got through
it. It was scary, at the time, not knowing how long the withdrawal
symptoms would occur. To anyone reading this wether you decide to quit
cold turkey or taper off, rest assured the side affects will subside. I
can\’t recall how long but I would say they will gradually decrease and in
about 2 weeks time will be completely gone. I was shocked that my Dr. had
no idea what I was talking about when I told her about the withdrawal
symptoms I was having. I will also never take an antidepressant again if I
can help it. I originally went on them for hormonal mood swings,but I
don\’t feel that antidepressants are the answer. In my opinion there must
be a better way to deal with PMS!!! Diet and exercise help. 2 things I
struggle with being consistent in, but it is really vital!! Best of luck
to you and just know that you will feel back to normal soon!!!

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@kmunroe

I wanted to post this to help anyone withdrawing or considering withdrawl from pristiq.I was taking 50 mg’s per day for 2 years. I didn’t want to take any drugs anymore. I wanted to “battle” on my own. No judgement – I hated my side effects from the drug. I experienced a signifigant lack of intrests in all things creative, sex, music (i am a life long musician) Also I felt it deadened my ability to be passionate about anything? I never actually “felt” anything while taking the drug? Before I started it I felt absolutely hopeless, if not for my animals I don’t know what I may have done. ok – I decided 6 weeks ago I was getting off this drug. I spoke with my doctor and started to taper. 50 mg everyother day for 10 days, than I cut the pills in half(yes I know NOW there was a time release coating) for 10 days, than cut into quarters (12.5 mg’s for 5 days, now 3 days completely off. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. This drug is a beast. Side effects have included horrible VIVID nightmares of betrayl, weird taste in my mouth, weird smells, weight all over the map, feeling like constant out of body experience, mood swings, despair, insomnia. But – it is getting better every day. There is life after pristiq… I have focussed through all of my symptoms on knowing – it is the withdrawl! NOT ME! Hard to do. But do able. Just know in your core it is the drug NOT YOU losing it. For me – it seems like this drug surpressed my emotions/feelings/issues the moment it got in my system and now i’m dealing with these issues again as I coming off the drug. I admit I am way better suited Now compared to 2 years ago to deal with these things and not everybody will be as “LUCKY” as I am, so just know that. Also, I let everyone close to me know what I was doing for support reasons. If anyone has any questions I would humbly lend advice and support. MY DOCTOR IS COMPLETELY INEPT AND INCOMPETENT RE: PRISTIQ AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO PRISTIQ! Remember – you are NOT alone. Just reach out…

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Both my husband and I went off the Pristiq VERY slowly and had nearly ZERO side effects. We cut the Pristiq by 1/4 of a tablet every other day. It took several weeks to finish, but it was worth it. We have five children and wanted to be able to parent lovingly even when going off the Pristiq. We saw all over the place that we are not supposed to cut the Pristiq, but we did it anyway, and the results were fantastic. I was the first to try this, and when my results were so positive, my husband did the same. The ONLY side effects we experienced were a little head buzzing and occasional dizziness. VITAMIN C was recommended by someone and it worked beautifully to end the buzzing and dizziness within a few days. NOW…we both are losing the weight we need to lose, and more importantly, we are interested in living life again. We are GRATEFUL to have had the Pristiq when we were both severely depressed due to painful curveballs life threw at us. But…once that painful season passed, it was time to get off the Pristiq and get back to living again. I hope this is helpful.

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@kmunroe

I wanted to post this to help anyone withdrawing or considering withdrawl from pristiq.I was taking 50 mg’s per day for 2 years. I didn’t want to take any drugs anymore. I wanted to “battle” on my own. No judgement – I hated my side effects from the drug. I experienced a signifigant lack of intrests in all things creative, sex, music (i am a life long musician) Also I felt it deadened my ability to be passionate about anything? I never actually “felt” anything while taking the drug? Before I started it I felt absolutely hopeless, if not for my animals I don’t know what I may have done. ok – I decided 6 weeks ago I was getting off this drug. I spoke with my doctor and started to taper. 50 mg everyother day for 10 days, than I cut the pills in half(yes I know NOW there was a time release coating) for 10 days, than cut into quarters (12.5 mg’s for 5 days, now 3 days completely off. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. This drug is a beast. Side effects have included horrible VIVID nightmares of betrayl, weird taste in my mouth, weird smells, weight all over the map, feeling like constant out of body experience, mood swings, despair, insomnia. But – it is getting better every day. There is life after pristiq… I have focussed through all of my symptoms on knowing – it is the withdrawl! NOT ME! Hard to do. But do able. Just know in your core it is the drug NOT YOU losing it. For me – it seems like this drug surpressed my emotions/feelings/issues the moment it got in my system and now i’m dealing with these issues again as I coming off the drug. I admit I am way better suited Now compared to 2 years ago to deal with these things and not everybody will be as “LUCKY” as I am, so just know that. Also, I let everyone close to me know what I was doing for support reasons. If anyone has any questions I would humbly lend advice and support. MY DOCTOR IS COMPLETELY INEPT AND INCOMPETENT RE: PRISTIQ AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO PRISTIQ! Remember – you are NOT alone. Just reach out…

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I\’m not sure how long you have been on it, and I\’m no doctor, but it lasted about 4-5 days off and on. I got off of it because it made my heart race, much like an upper would do. I prayed and tried to keep myself distracted. I also started a vitamin called l-theanine and a super stress b complex. The thing about meds is that your body doesn\’t realize if it is entering your body artificially or making it, so if you take it for a long time the withdrawal will be worse and your body will have a hard time reacting and will not make what it needs to, to help you. I tapered off the dosage then stopped. I still get anxious but when I pray about it and remember to breathe, it is all okay.

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I have been forced to stop my Prestiq since my doctor does not give refills untill appointment every 3 months and I run out 1 week prior to being seen. This time she was out of town and I was going out of town. I quit cold turkey. I am (4 days later) still dizzy. DIZZY! I can not move my head side to side or I loose my balance ( not to mention my lunch). My ears are ringing so loud I was sure others could hear it. I refuse to start taking it again. I had the same problem with Cymbalta. I started these medications 6 years ago with the loss of job, mother in law, both parents and empty nest. I think I am better now. I just hope these symptoms end. Any suggestions?

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@barnhart

I have been forced to stop my Prestiq since my doctor does not give refills untill appointment every 3 months and I run out 1 week prior to being seen. This time she was out of town and I was going out of town. I quit cold turkey. I am (4 days later) still dizzy. DIZZY! I can not move my head side to side or I loose my balance ( not to mention my lunch). My ears are ringing so loud I was sure others could hear it. I refuse to start taking it again. I had the same problem with Cymbalta. I started these medications 6 years ago with the loss of job, mother in law, both parents and empty nest. I think I am better now. I just hope these symptoms end. Any suggestions?

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It will get better. I quit pristiq 1.5 years ago after being on it for 3 years. I took a week off work and fought through the withdrawl. DiZzy to the extreme. Couldn\’t drive for a good 4 days. Then probably shouldn\’t have for a few more! After a week was fine but still had the brain zaps for a good 4-6 weeks. Good luck and keep us posted !!

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@barnhart

I have been forced to stop my Prestiq since my doctor does not give refills untill appointment every 3 months and I run out 1 week prior to being seen. This time she was out of town and I was going out of town. I quit cold turkey. I am (4 days later) still dizzy. DIZZY! I can not move my head side to side or I loose my balance ( not to mention my lunch). My ears are ringing so loud I was sure others could hear it. I refuse to start taking it again. I had the same problem with Cymbalta. I started these medications 6 years ago with the loss of job, mother in law, both parents and empty nest. I think I am better now. I just hope these symptoms end. Any suggestions?

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Does it sound like banging from a distance when trying to go to sleep?

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@barnhart

I have been forced to stop my Prestiq since my doctor does not give refills untill appointment every 3 months and I run out 1 week prior to being seen. This time she was out of town and I was going out of town. I quit cold turkey. I am (4 days later) still dizzy. DIZZY! I can not move my head side to side or I loose my balance ( not to mention my lunch). My ears are ringing so loud I was sure others could hear it. I refuse to start taking it again. I had the same problem with Cymbalta. I started these medications 6 years ago with the loss of job, mother in law, both parents and empty nest. I think I am better now. I just hope these symptoms end. Any suggestions?

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A friend recommended Vitamin C to eliminate the dizziness and pounding I had been experiencing on and off for weeks. It worked beautifully!!! In less than 1 week, all of that disappeared. Best wishes to you!!!

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I’ve been taking this demon of a drug for three years and recently had a melt down, I couldn’t see that it was me having the melt down but my loved ones could, after having an accident that has landed me to be off my feet for 4 months and having to give up my buisness which was only ten weeks old and was my life dream, I was at wits end and wanted to get off this drug as I wasn’t seeing life clearly, my relationship started to break down so I’ve come to stay with my mum and get off pristiq for ever!!
I have spoken to my girlfriend who is a community nurse about kicking this drug for good, she explained to me that as I am going through menopause and have thyroid disease that my body is not completely absorbing all the drug so there for I’m not benefiting from it at all, she suggested to cut back by taking pristiq one day and then Effexor the next then to taper by each second day and so on,

As I am at my mums I’ve decided to just begin the journey and taper from 100 to 50 to 25 mg and now nothing and it’s been three weeks since I begun,
My feelings and side effects are horrifying, headaches, dizziness, out of body feeling, aching legs ( bad concidering I’m also in plaster for 12 wks) very sick stomach, aching neck and shoulders and the list goes on, the dreams are bad and I find myself scared to go to sleep because of the severity of them, today is day two of being off the pill altogether and the side effects are worsening….

Does it depend on how long an individual has been on the medication as to how long it takes to be free of the side effects?
Or is it the amount of med that each of us have been on??

Is there an answer as to how long it takes to feel normal? I have not been sad or crying until today and I’m a mess….I just want tit to stop…
Thanks jen

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@jen0553

I’ve been taking this demon of a drug for three years and recently had a melt down, I couldn’t see that it was me having the melt down but my loved ones could, after having an accident that has landed me to be off my feet for 4 months and having to give up my buisness which was only ten weeks old and was my life dream, I was at wits end and wanted to get off this drug as I wasn’t seeing life clearly, my relationship started to break down so I’ve come to stay with my mum and get off pristiq for ever!!
I have spoken to my girlfriend who is a community nurse about kicking this drug for good, she explained to me that as I am going through menopause and have thyroid disease that my body is not completely absorbing all the drug so there for I’m not benefiting from it at all, she suggested to cut back by taking pristiq one day and then Effexor the next then to taper by each second day and so on,

As I am at my mums I’ve decided to just begin the journey and taper from 100 to 50 to 25 mg and now nothing and it’s been three weeks since I begun,
My feelings and side effects are horrifying, headaches, dizziness, out of body feeling, aching legs ( bad concidering I’m also in plaster for 12 wks) very sick stomach, aching neck and shoulders and the list goes on, the dreams are bad and I find myself scared to go to sleep because of the severity of them, today is day two of being off the pill altogether and the side effects are worsening….

Does it depend on how long an individual has been on the medication as to how long it takes to be free of the side effects?
Or is it the amount of med that each of us have been on??

Is there an answer as to how long it takes to feel normal? I have not been sad or crying until today and I’m a mess….I just want tit to stop…
Thanks jen

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Jen,
Coming off pristiq was the worst experience of my life! It took several weeks for the side effects to start lessening. But it was sooooo worth it! Stick it out! You will be so glad you did! This drug should not be on the market! Praying for you!

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