Available only by prescription, Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine succinate) is a medication used to treat depression in adults. This long-acting antidepressant comes in the form of extended-release tablets. Pristiq only has to be taken once a day and is available in two strengths (50 mg and 100 mg tablets).
Pristiq belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs for short. SNRIs help to balance certain chemicals in the brain (known as serotonin and norepinephrine).
Although most people tolerate the tablets well, Pristiq is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this antidepressant, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Possible side effects may include nausea, headaches, and insomnia.
(Click Pristiq for a more in-depth look at how this antidepressant works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what else to discuss with your healthcare provider before using this medication.)