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Jan 22, 2012 · Adult ADHD in Mental Health

“I could focus, I could walk outside. I could listen to music. I sat down and wrote four novels, each 400 pages long (I am a historian, technical writer and editor). Five years later I am still very creative yet calm.”

That is so great to hear! Congrats!

Jan 22, 2012 · Adult ADHD in Mental Health

I agree! Treating my adult ADHD has dramatically helped my depression. For me 100mg of Strattera and 10mg of Adderall (IR) combined with 50mg Pristiq and 10mg Prozac have left me feeling well just about all the time. Also I feel I am as creative as ever and if anything better suited to actually DO something with all that creativity!

Jan 22, 2012 · Want to taper off Pristiq, makes my heart race in Depression & Anxiety

I’ve been on Pristiq for 2-1/2 years and aside from sweating, I tolerate it well. Once I ran out of meds on a Thursday but was going to see my pdoc on Tuesday and thought, no biggie, I can skip a few days. WRONG!

My withdrawal symptoms were gross over-sensitivity to light, a really bad headache, malaise, achy all over, notably decreased mood support (I’m on a cocktail, so Pristiq is just one of 5 psycho-active meds). In other words, I felt like crap.

Managed to do this to myself again by forgetting the Pristiq in my shoulder bag (man-purse) and missing 5 days. When I thought “why do I feel so bad? I’m on all these anti-depressants?” that of course led to the realization that I’d missed 5 doses of Pristiq. I’ve heard that for some, you can’t go back on as it will no longer be effective once totally off. I think I’ve been lucky to be able to get back to good results within a couple of days after starting up again.

I think tapering off over a month or so would be fine, but I would NOT go cold turkey on this one. Maybe your doc will want to switch you to another SNRI like Effexor to help during the taper off.

And of course you can’t really cut the tabs in half due to the time-release coating.

I just wish my insurance would cover it because at $130++ a month, it’s pricey.

Best of luck, just take it slow and monitor your mood and any other effects of tapering off.