I took Pristiq for about 2.5 weeks (50mg) due to random pains (neck, calf, groin, arm, etc) that nobody could pinpoint a cause for and my doctor believed it to be caused by a combination of depression/hypochondria/anxiety. So he put me on Pristiq. I had swore never to try pills again after attempting Lexapro and Citalopram with no results good or bad, Paxil and Buspar with immediate negative side effects, Lorazepram and Ativan due to dependency and withdrawal difficulties. But I was so frustrated with taking blood tests and x-rays I agreed to try Pristiq. I’d never heard of it and when I initially looked for information it seemed to be one of the more positively accepted and helpful drugs.
After a week I developed a slightly swollen throat or tonsils which felt like food was getting stuck in my throat. It was very uncomfortable. I stopped taking the Pristiq because I thought it might be a mild allergic reaction (I have no known allergies however). I saw my doctor 5 days later and told her I stopped taking the Pristiq and she said “good,” and wanted to see if the throat issue went away. Granted, it had been 5 days and during this time, I’d had no withdrawal symptoms. That night I had an extremely vivid and frightening dream…I’ve heard you rarely dream in color or can feel, but this was one of the most detailed, vividly colored, and scary dreams and I couldn’t wake up. And I could feel pain and discomfort in the dream. I woke up in a near panic attack.
It’s been another 5 days since then and have had an odd headache, more dreams though not as vivid or frightening, I’ve become almost violently irritable (punched a wall, beat some furniture, and yelled at my pets for about an hour straight), and just now had a bout of possible arrhythmia or very heavy heart beats. So I was on it for about 17 days and off it for 10 days…when can I expect these withdrawal symptoms to end?? They seem to be getting worse and more frightening.
(ALSO, SINCE STOPPING THE PRISTIQ I’VE HAD NO SEX DRIVE AND ALMOST NO ERECTIONS WHICH IS VERY ABNORMAL. IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING SLIGHTLY BETTER EACH DAY BUT STILL, THIS IS VERY SCARY AND TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT.)