Depression, even the most severe forms, is usually treatable. As with many illnesses, getting treatment for depression early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment are medications (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). People may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, Pristiq is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative. Examples of alternative depression medications include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Pristiq Alternatives to learn more about substitutes and click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much Pristiq may have overdose symptoms such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry mouth
- Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
If you happen to overdose on this medicine, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Pristiq Overdose for more information.)