As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Pristiq. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Pristiq Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Pristiq can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Pristiq Drug Interactions).
Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Heart problems
- Seizures or epilepsy
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A history of stroke
- A bleeding disorder
- Low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia)
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Pristiq and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Pristiq and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Pristiq Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)