Pristiq Uses

Pristiq is used for treating depression in adults. It works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain (depression can result from unbalanced levels of these chemicals). The medication is not approved for use in children or teenagers at this time. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend off-label Pristiq uses, such as treating anxiety disorders, migraines, and ADHD.

Pristiq Uses: An Overview

Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine succinate) has been licensed to treat major depression. It belongs to a group of medications known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
 
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
 
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
  • Having little interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Physical pain
  • Suicidal thoughts.
     
Pristiq has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, many antidepressants often take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression, such as pain or changes in sleep, will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. It usually takes at least four to six weeks before significant changes in mood occur. It is important to give Pristiq a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
 
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).
 
 
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