Most people respond well to Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine succinate), a type of prescription antidepressant. However, before you begin treatment with Pristiq, safety issues for this medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, it is important to know that all antidepressants can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior; you should seek medical attention if you experience anxiety, hostility, or panic while taking this drug.
It is also possible to develop other side effects during treatment. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects included:
In addition, it may not be safe for certain people to take Pristiq, such as those who:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make this drug
- Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks.
(To learn more about taking this product safely, click Pristiq Warnings and Precautions or Pristiq Side Effects. These articles also offer details on how often side effects occur, other risks to be aware of, and who should avoid Pristiq entirely.)