Important Safety Information About PRISTIQ
Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, teens, and young adults. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy or when the dose is changed should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior such as becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, or restless. Should these occur, report them to a doctor right away. PRISTIQ is not approved for use in children under 18.

Do not take PRISTIQ if you are allergic to desvenlafaxine, venlafaxine, or any of the ingredients in PRISTIQ. Do not take PRISTIQ if you currently take, or have taken within the last 14 days, any medicine known as an MAOI (including intravenous methylene blue or the antibiotic linezolid).

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Struggling with

Treating depression can be a complicated process. From finding the right medication and dosage to managing side effects, the road to treatment success can definitely have its hurdles.

Antidepressants are not all alike. And everyone responds differently to them. Some people experience side effects before their depression symptoms even begin to improve. That may explain why some people give up on treatment too early. Others start to feel better, stop taking their medication, and their symptoms come back.

It is important to take your antidepressant exactly as directed by your health care professional. And give the medication a chance to work. Be patient. It can take several weeks to feel the full benefit of a prescription antidepressant, although some people will start to feel better sooner. Continuing to take your medication for as long as your doctor recommends is important to your treatment success.

Let’s talk about side effects

The simple truth is, when it comes to antidepressants, there are side effects. The goal of treatment is to feel better, so only you and your doctor can decide whether the benefits of treatment outweigh the burden of side effects. Side effects can change throughout the course of your treatment, too.

Different antidepressants have different side effect profiles. Partner with your doctor to explore your treatment options. It can be difficult to predict who will respond to which drug or who will experience side effects. So it may take more than one try to find the right medication for you.

When you’re feeling better

Even if you’re feeling better, continue taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor, so you can keep feeling better. Don’t stop taking your medication without first talking with your health care professional. Together, you can determine how long you should continue taking your antidepressant.

Successfully managing your depression is a realistic goal. It takes patience and courage to stay committed to your treatment path. Be sure to schedule follow-up visits with your health care professional to discuss your treatment progress. Enlist the help of family and friends for support and encouragement. And stay focused on your commitment to feeling better.

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