How Does Pristiq Work?

Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine succinate) is a drug prescribed to treat depression in adults. If you have ever wondered how this antidepressant works, it's important to start by understanding Pristiq's effects on two important chemicals within the brain.
 
Pristiq is part of a group of medications called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs for short. SNRIs act on specific chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine. When the levels of these chemicals become unbalanced, it can cause conditions such as depression. Pristiq helps block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells.
 
(For more information on how it works, click Pristiq. This article takes a closer look at the drug's uses, effects, safety precautions, and overdose symptoms.)
 
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