Re: Stopping Pristiq
I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a hard time. Finding the right medication is like finding the right doctor. No two people will fit just the same.
I too, have tried multiple medications (welbutrin, prozac and paxil) and had no success with any of these. I wouldn't say they are "bad" drugs. They just didn't work for me. I had some side effects with each of them: no energy, wanted to sleep all the time, no appetite, lost weight, nausea, mood swings, no sex drive.
Then I tried Pristiq and I didn't really notice any benefit until I'd been on it for a few months. I found that I had lots of energy again, I was motivated and excited about things and I got my appetite back. I don't know if it was due to the pristiq or just me but I did seem to have some heart burn and reflux for the first year but I've had stomach problems off and on my whole life so I wouldn't be to quick to associate it. I haven't had any trouble with the heart burn/reflux for the last 9 months, so its really hard to say but I tend to think it was not related.
Weaning from Pristiq is something I have not done before but just recently started with my Doctor because I just found out I'm pregnant. I get a little light-headed and dizzy after two days off. I sometimes also feel like for a split-second the ground is moving and I'm not. It doesn't really effect me too much and I can still function but I know some people are really bothered by these side effects. Occasionally I will have a dark spot in my peripheral vision, but that doesn't happen often.
While I was taking pristiq, I was also on birth control pills. I always blamed the pristiq for my low sex drive, but wouldn't you know, I stopped taking the pill and within a few days I was so much more into sex. I started having sexual dreams and feeling excited about it through out the day. My husband was so happy and so was I. I got pregnant while still taking pristiq and was having sex at least every other day, sometimes much more so I blame the birth control pill.
Hope this helps.