50mg To 100mg Of Pristiq

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Brett Gottlieb Says:

I was doing realtively well at 50mg for about 3-4 weeks, All of a sudden the med pooped out on me and I found myself taking ativan everyday to compensate. My doc intitially told me to take half of a 50mg pill. My pharmacist told me not to do that s it is time released. Instead we upped the dosage to a full 100mg. I had some dififuclty staying alseep last night. Must have woke up 10 times. Anxiety levels are very high when not takign the ativan. It is a very difficult way to live. Is the 100mg doage dangerous? I think that I get very very high anxiety from the anxiety meds themselves. I had a friend at age 20 die from RX pills her doctor told her were safe. Since then, I have always had the fear of medication and it produces profund anxiety whiel transitioning. The only med that ever gave me any relief was lexapro, but it left me always exhausted and quite fat! Pristiq has given me more enrgy, and the yawning is gone. However, I do feel like I am in a brain fog, and can only be lifted out of it with ativan (.5mg 1x-day. Can somone out there please advise? If Pristiq continues to not help with the anxiety, what else can I do to fix this problem? Everyone always says exercise helps, but exercise is a HUGE anxeity/panic attac trigger for me. The elevated heart rate always makes me feel like i am having a heart attack even though my Carido doc says I am in perfect health. I have visions of young athletes dropping dead on football fields and I just think it could be me.

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Verwon Says:

What type of doctor are you seeing? Are you using a regular general practitioner or a specialist?

It really sounds like you should be seeing a mental health specialist, of some type, if you aren't doing so. Your fears, such as that which you expressed over the elevated heart rate, aren't realistic and you should be seeking some help with these types of issues.

No medication is fully going to fix these problems and handle all of this anxiety for you, you need to learn proper coping strategies.

Learn more Pristiq details here.

As to the Ativan, it may be contributing to your anxiety, rather than actually helping. I had a similar problem with it and it didn't change, until I stopped taking it and stayed away from it for several days and I was taking 0.5mgs or less daily. These medications can cause paradoxical reactions in some people. So, you should discuss this possibility with your doctor.

Learn more Ativan details here.

What other medications and therapies have you tried?

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Ms Amber Eve Says:

Have been on lexapro, zyprexa and both made me put on a lot of weight. Have been on pristiq for 2yrs, no weight gain but sometimes headaches and not being able to sleep. So I went on a low dose of endep to help with that and have been okay although a bit sleepy in the mornings. Definitely do not try to stop pristiq suddenly, you will get dizzy spells and feel awful, a lot of tears and confusion. I guess weening off it is my goal but it really did change my life after a major depression from a dv relationship and subsequent mental breakdown.

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