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Pristiq vs. Effexor

Are Pristiq and Effexor the Same Thing?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Effexor (venlafaxine) are selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) type antidepressants used to treat major depressive disorder.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Pristiq?

Common side effects of Pristiq include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Effexor?

Common side effects of Effexor include:

  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • nausea,
  • constipation,
  • headaches,
  • anxiety,
  • insomnia,
  • strange dreams,
  • drowsiness,
  • increased sweating,
  • blurred vision,
  • dry mouth,
  • changes in appetite or weight,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • impotence,
  • difficulty having an orgasm,
  • increased blood pressure, and
  • seizures.

Abrupt discontinuation of Effexor may cause dizziness, headache, nausea, changes in mood, or changes in the sense of smell, and taste.

What is Pristiq?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used to treat major depressive disorder.

What is Effexor?

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant used for treatment of major depression.

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What Drugs Interact With Pristiq?

Pristiq may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for seizures or anxiety, other antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners, St. John's wort, tramadol, L-tryptophan, heart medications, or medicines to treat migraines.

Pristiq may also interact with diuretics (water pills), linezolid, lithium, metoclopramide, midazolam, antibiotics, antifungals, blood pressure medications, or HIV/AIDS medicines.

What Drugs Interact With Effexor?

Effexor may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for seizures or anxiety, other antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners, cimetidine, tramadol, L-tryptophan, or medicines to treat migraines.

Effexor may also interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), ketoconazole, linezolid, lithium, haloperidol, or risperidone.

How Should Pristiq Be Taken?

The recommended dose for Pristiq is 50 mg once daily, with or without food.

How Should Effexor Be Taken?

The usual dose of Effexor is 37.5-375 mg daily.

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References

Pfizer. Pristiq Medication Guide.
https://www.pristiq.com/
Pfizer. Effexor Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.effexorxr.com/

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