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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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Understanding depression

Does it hold you back from things you enjoy?

Depression is a serious medical condition that can keep you feeling sad, helpless, and uninterested in your favorite activities. It can make you feel like you have to constantly wind yourself up just to get through the day. With all the responsibilities in your busy life, managing depression can be even more overwhelming.

Depression is not your fault. It’s not a personal weakness or a condition that you can just “snap out of” and feel better. Depression is different than feeling sad or blue. Feelings of sadness go away with time, whereas depression can last for weeks, months, or even years.

The encouraging news is that depression can be treated.

What causes depression?

Although no single cause of depression has been identified, it appears that genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors may play a role. Scientists are actively seeking new knowledge in this area.

Who gets depression?

Depression is a common condition. An estimated 35 million U.S. adults have experienced depression at some point during their lifetime. The disease affects men and women of all races and economic levels. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men.

Although anyone can develop depression, the conditions seem to run in families. Whether or not depression is genetic, the disorder is believed to be associated with changes to levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.

What is major depressive disorder?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is commonly known as depression. MDD can be diagnosed by a health care professional when a patient reports at least 2 weeks of sad or “empty” feelings or loss of interest in activities accompanied by at least four additional symptoms of depression. See all symptoms of depression

Depression is treatable
Depression is a serious illness, but it’s a treatable one. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the majority of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. And almost all patients who treat their depression experience some relief from their symptoms.

If depression is affecting the way you feel about yourself, treating it may help. PRISTIQ®(desvenlafaxine) is FDA approved to treat depression in adults. Ask your doctor if PRISTIQ may be right for you.

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