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Mar 19, 2019 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

It has been eight days now and no problems. A few brain zaps here and there but other than that no problems. I really thought it would be more difficult. I think it would be more difficult in the winter months (I live where we have winter) if you couldn't get outside and be active. Fortunately here it has warmed up and I've been spending a lot of time outside.

Mar 16, 2019 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

I have posted three or four times about tapering off Pristiq. As of today I am totally of the drug since Sunday, March 10. I had been on Pristiq for two years and made the decision I wanted to stop. In Canada we don't have access to the 25mg tablet and I was taking 50mg. So I basically started taking it every second day at the start of February. For the first few times I started experiencing these "brain zaps" which I new nothing about until I came to this forum. So I went about two weeks taking it every second day and eventually the zaps disappeared. I had a few restless nights and a bit of light headedness occasionally but overall no problems. On February 17 I started taking it every third day. I experienced a few more zaps and a few restless nights but overall I didn't really suffer any ill effects. Finally on March 10, I decided I would go every fourth day or stop completely and no problems. I have a few zaps now and then but sleep well and I'm quite sure my body is Pristiq free. I feel great. I think the key was keeping active and not sitting around wondering what was going to happen and what ill effects I was going to experience. I exercised each day, got out in the fresh air (even at -30C) and kept busy.

Mar 13, 2019 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

I have three previous posts about my progress in weaning off Pristiq. I had only been taking Pristiq for two years and starting reducing my dosage about one month ago. In Canada there is no 25mg tablet available so I took Pristiq every second day, then every third day and today I am starting every fourth day so today is my third complete day with no pill. So far so good. My only real side effects initially were not sleeping well and "brain zaps." So far it hasn't been as difficult to reduce my dosage as I thought. If I do well today I will take one more tablet tomorrow and that will be it. I will update after I see how today goes

Mar 6, 2019 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

March 6, 2019 Update. I last posted on February 25 about my start of tapering off Pristiq. I am now taking Pristiq every third day and am experiencing very few side effects. Initially I did experience "brain zaps" and never had a really good sleep on the second night but much improved now. Considering that in Canada we don't have access to the 25mg tablet I was a little concerned about the taper process but I must say it hasn't been that bad. I realize everyone reacts differently but I haven't had any real problems. Depending on how I feel tomorrow morning I may skip my dose and take every four days. I was only on Pristiq for two years and my depression wasn't really severe so maybe that is why I am having fewer problems. I do make an effort though to keep busy all day. I don't sit around and wonder how I am feeling. I think this would make things worse. I keep my mind busy woodworking, painting and shovelling lots of snow. I exercise daily and I think all of these things help. I will update again in a few weeks.

Feb 25, 2019 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

I was taking Pristiq for two years and felt much better so I made the decision to stop. I'm in Canada and the 25mg tablet is not available. My doctor suggested taking Pristiq every two days and see how that went. Well I started February 1, 2019 and took 50mg tablet every second day. I did have some light headedness at times and also these "brain zaps" which I read about online here. I was a bit concerned about them but knowing what they were helped. So after two weeks I made the leap and began taking tablet every third day. On the second day I found the brain zaps to be quite frequent and I didn't sleep that well at night. This repeated itself each time I went without for two days. After about 10 days the zaps have gone and I am sleeping well. I think I will take a tablet every third day for a week or so starting at the end of the month and see how that goes. So far I have been really happy that stopping wasn't a tough as I thought it would be. I've never been one to sit around and worry. I always keep busy, exercise for 30 minutes everyday and keep busy at my two hobbies which are painting and building furniture. The Pristiq really helped during a period of time when I suffered from mild depression. I had no issues for two years and felt it was time to stop. The method I used worked for me and I will update this post after stopping completely which should be in a few weeks. I think the key is to keep busy during the day and not sit around worrying about things that might happen.