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Treatment for depression may include a prescription antidepressant medication, a combination of more than one prescription medication such as an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication, and/or psychotherapy, which is commonly referred to as "talk therapy."
One prescription medication that a doctor may prescribe is an antidepressant medication called Pristiq (desvenlafaxine).
Before you start taking Pristiq, it is very important that you speak with your healthcare provider about the proper way to take the medication and be aware of any potential side effects.
Pristiq belongs to a class of medications called SNRIs or serotonin-norephinephrine re-uptake inhibitors. It works by affecting the levels of two brain chemicals – serotonin and norephinephrine – which are believed to play a role in depression.
Unlike other antidepressants that are approved for multiple mental illnesses, Pristiq has only been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults. It carries a black box warning that it should not be used in children.
Pristiq is available in tablet form in two different dosages: 50 mg and 100 mg.
Like any medication, Pristiq may cause side effects in some people. Antidepressant medications such as Pristiq may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some people, especially within the first few months of treatment.
The most common adverse reactions seen in clinical trials of Pristiq include nausea, dizziness, excessive sweating, drowsiness, insomnia, constipation, decreased appetite, anxiety, and specific male sexual function disorders.
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