Anyway, I was wondering-for people who have tried all three: Cymbalta, Effexor, & Pristiq-did Pristiq cause less food cravings than Cymbalta or Effexor?
Was on Effexor, eventually massive 400mg (?) doses. Gained 50 pounds over the course of several months. Weird experience as I'd never been over 145 pounds and was up over 185 and it was *all* in my gut. I also had the brain-zaps if I skipped doses, delayed or impossible orgasm, wicked constipation (which I've come to believe contributed to weight gain). I stayed on it for so long, because it was the first med that calmed my mind calm down to the point where I could make decisions, but then after a few years the Effexor eventually it just stopped working ... and I was fat.
Did Stattera for a brief period, but wasn't too happy with it other than it seemed to nearly eliminate the Effexor brain-zap withdrawal symptoms.
Tried Ritalin and that family. Finally found Dexadrine to be the least annoying of the bunch.
Did Cymbalta. It worked of a few years. Far fewer side effects than Effexor, but it too eventually crapped out ... all at once and HARD. No weight gain or specific food cravings.
Started Pristiq. It took *forever* to work, probably close to two months, but I stuck with it and bumped briefly from 50mg to 100mg and then back down again when the sexual side effects (again delayed or non-existent orgasms) kicked in. Now on 50mg in combination with dexadrine as a paradoxical-mind-calmer for me and I'm very happy. Very few side effects, although if I'm anticipating I might get lucky I tend to avoid taking the meds after noon that day. I get the brain-zaps if I skip for more than two days, which can be really, really annoying, but they recede fairly quickly for me if I take a dose. REALLY annoying if I am away from my pill bottle though!
I started January 2009 and have put on less than 10 pounds compared to the 50 pounds I put on with Effexor.
BIG CAVEAT ... Pristiq and Effexor both led to binge drinking. If I drink, I have to stop at one or two ... or twelve. No in between. Often one drink would lead to 12 in short order.
Cravings. I don't remember craving anything in particular, but I'd put the difference in weight gain under the "Food & Cravings" label, so I thought I'd put in my two cents.