Thanks for putting this post out there. It had a lot of information and is really making me rethink this med (pristiq).
Here's my situation:
I have unipolar depression, and was diagnosed with major depressive dx recently. The last episode I had was 1991, so bascially have been okay in between, but do tend to start feeling depression descending, without a full blown episode actually materializing. I've always been able to keep it at bay with excercise, diet, meditation, spiritual practice and humor.
Not this time though-- just like way back then. I can hardly move and am not functioning.
Back then, I took Doxepin, and had NO withdrawal effects, none of the brain zaps that anyone is describing and complete relief from my depression. Two disturbing side effects were fatigue (so I started taking it only at night), and weight gain (which I lost when I stopped taking it). I had (and still have) horrible reactions to SSRI's even at the first dose but continuing to get worse as I stuck with them (which I was only able to manage for a grand total of 4 days). So those don't work for me.
Okay, so I am a virgin to all of this withdrawal symptom nonsense, and I think I might like to keep it that way. Especially since I only seem to have periodic serious bouts. Life is pretty good in between and I'm thinking I may be using a drug where the cons outweigh the pros (for me anyway). The depression is serious enough to require some intervention at this point though. Does anyone think Strattera might be appropriate? I am really impressed by the knowledge I'm seeing here, and am open to listening to feedback for sure.
I've only taken one dose of the Pristiq. I'm feeling some mild side effects: headache, hunger, fuzziness in the brain, elevated anxiety levels.... nothing too strong yet, but I've only taken one.
Thanks again for forwarding this information (I think Sduibek???). Still trying to figure the forum out. Not rocket science, but I am slightly challenged at the moment