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.

@bennyboy92

I am trying to come off this horrid drug, I did cut it, but scared I will never come off it

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I tried cutting a half into a half, but last time I did I got horrid night sweats. I will be frank, I am stopping this bad drug because of the “delayed ejaculation” side effect.

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@bennyboy92

I am trying to come off this horrid drug, I did cut it, but scared I will never come off it

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Well I have been cold turkey for two days. I don’t like it at all. I am feeling very muzzy. (Mentally fuzzy) I will do this!

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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I am doing the exact same thing with cymbalta…..it’s a ruff ride but seems like I am doing better….for three years I thought I had an illness that would last the rest of my life……today I am feeling very normal like myself again..keep up the good work to get off the stuff

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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Good luck! Don’t hesitate to resume if you feel the depression coming back — I sure won’t. I’d rather be on meds for the rest of my life than go back there again, but at the moment, it appears that I might not have to.

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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Thank you…I wish you the best outcome too..so far I will jus say “MAYBE” it will be OK

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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You where right on point……I had to take another pill a few hours ago….I am stuck about what to do at this point..I only had one good day on the hasr out process..wow

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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you where right on point..had to take another pill of cymbalta..i am stuck don’t know what to do next…..thanks for your inseight about this stuff

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Good news. I have read about every post on this forum and have yet to see a success story. Well, I am one. Quit cold turkey and the only withdrawal was one headache and two days of feeling a little “fuzzy”. I feel so much better and happier off of this drug. Good luck to those of you trying to quit. May you have the success I had.

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I have been on Pristiq since August, 2012 for anxiety issues following thyroidectomy. I’ve been tapering off with 1/2 tab daily for 3 weeks. I haven’t had a pill for two days and I feel fine this evening. I am hoping I can sleep ok tonight with no strange dreams (that’s what happens when I miss a dose, usually.) Besides some initial fuzzy -headedness during the first 3 days, I feel great. Pristiq has been a great medicine, but I feel like I don’t really need it. I would use it fulltime again if I ever had to, but for now I want to be free of it because, as many of you have mentioned, it took away the intensity level of my feelings…I was just neutrally happy and neutrally sad about things…One thing I did like about it is that I could cry once in awhile! Another reason I want to eliminate it is money. I can afford the meds, but I’d rather buy a cute top or jewelery each month!!! We gotta be pretty, girls! I will get on over this and keep saying my prayers to get me through middle age and old age dilemmas. God bless all of you. Take care of yourselves and enjoy life, now!

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@frenchie

I was on the 50 mg Pristiq, and I discussed tapering off with my doc. (It’s important to note that I only use minimum dosages of antidepressants for maintenance, and haven’t suffered a major depressive episode for at least 20 years. It’s quite possible that I don’t need the meds anymore.) Doc recommended against cutting the pills in half, but encouraged me to try taking it on alternate days. He said if I noticed any depressive symptoms, resume daily use. I started tapering off in mid-December, and I’m now taking it every third day. I’ll probably go to once every four days and then stop entirely. I’ve had no ill effects.

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Keep trying, I know everyone on here is having various issues about coming off there drug. Some may be trying to come off to soon, but others like myself have been on this drug for a long time. 7 yrs for myself. I just know it was time. I felt better stronger and know it was time to come off. I tried three times. I have been scared. I am on my fifth day. I am feeling better every day. just don’t give up if this is what you want. We are here for you!

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Well I had been on the medication for 2 years. Finally I asked my doctor after loosing my insurance if I could wean off of it. Of course every doctor practices differently and we should have took a longer period of time to come off of it, however he advised me to take one every other day for ten days. And then I could be done with it. I thought wow easier than I thought. Boy was I wrong. First I started having issues with my face being numb, especially my lips. My blood pressure would be crazy numbers either too high or too low, then the second week I had some numbness still but and it end of the week I began to feel my moods changing. I had a lot of anger and loss of words. I also should add as soon as I began coming off of the medication I began having a loss of short term memory. Now the third week being off of it, I no longer have facial numbness but do have extreme mood swings. Especially depression. They started off being mood swings all day everyday and now they come and go with severeness through the day. I feel awful. No one deserves to deal with the moods I’ve been having. All I know is I hope it doesn’t last long and I don’t have to go back to it or anything else. I also want to add I have been experiencing some mild uncomfortable chest pains. It was 50 mg and not a time release

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I quit pristiq abt. a month ago, cold turkey. I know!! Bad idea! I had forgotten my pill for 2 days & couldn’t figure out why my head was having brain zaps. Then it dawned on me.So, I just didn’t take anymore. Yes it was hell! Words didn’t come out the was I intended, couldn’t remember, & did I mention the brain zaps? (haha) That was the worst feeling. I’ve lost weight ,thats good. Nothing tastes right. It kind of changed everything. But I’m feeling more “normal”. I Have feelings I had shoved to the side. Pristiq made me have no feelings at all, I couldn’t cry, didn’t have the same interests that I used to have. I talk more & seem to be getting better. I do take a zanax when I get anxious. I have never been diag. with depression that has a name! I would tell my Dr. I feel kind of blue. Oh your Depressed! So Im going to a Dr other than my primary doc, & get diag.(dont know how to spell that word) but you know what I mean. Heck by now, 35yrs later, I may not have depression. At that time in my life I was probably unhappy! I can’t remember the name of the first script but theres been one after the other. Now the couch & TV is not my best friend!! I hardly ever sit down anymore, I’m up & staying busy. By taking pristiq for 3-4yrs. it seems like I went thru’ life in a fog. My head is clearing, but the “brain zaps” are still with me, less & less tho’.

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