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Pristiq Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- What are the possible side effects of desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- What is the most important information I should know about desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- How should I take desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pristiq)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pristiq)?
- What should I avoid while taking desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- What other drugs will affect desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Pristiq)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Pristiq)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include vomiting, agitation, fast heart rate, and numbness or tingly feeling.
What should I avoid while taking desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of desvenlafaxine.
Desvenlafaxine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Desvenlafaxine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)?
Ask your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others. Taking any of these drugs with desvenlafaxine may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Before using desvenlafaxine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by desvenlafaxine.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- linezolid (Zyvox);
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- metoclopramide (Reglan);
- midazolam (Versed);
- St. John's wort;
- tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet, Rybix, Ryzolt, Synapryn);
- tryptophan (sometimes called L-tryptophan);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), telithromycin (Ketek), and others;
- antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Extina, Ketozole, Nizoral, Xolegal), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- HIV/AIDS medicine such as fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), ritonavir (Norvir), and others;
- migraine headache medication such as sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig); or
- any other antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip), citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), sertraline (Zoloft), and others.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about desvenlafaxine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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