Pristiq Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Take Pristiq?

You should not take Pristiq if you:
 
  • Are allergic to Pristiq, desvenlafaxine, or any inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
     
  • Are allergic to venlafaxine (Effexor®, Effexor® XR), a closely related medication.
  • Are taking linezolid (Zyvox®) or intravenous methylene blue. Pristiq should not be started in people taking linezolid or IV methylene blue, but a person already taking Pristiq may be given linezolid or methylene blue, if absolutely necessary, and only with very careful monitoring and only if Pristiq is stopped during treatment.
  • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. Also, you should not take an MAOI if you have taken Pristiq within the last seven days. MAOIs include:
 
 

Pristiq Warnings and Precautions: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which Pristiq should not be taken, as well as several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before starting the medication. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific Pristiq warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
 
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