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Hi. I could really use some advice and I was hoping this would be the best place to ask for it. I've been on Pristiq for four months now. I started with 50 and after one month of that my doctor put me on 100 mg. I have since moved to Europe, where desvenlafaxine is not approved, and because of this have to discontinue this medication. Ive consulted my doctor prior to departure to Europe, and he gave me 2 sample packs of 50 mg pills to taper with when im starting to run out. I dont have those anymore because my girlfriend mistook them for her birth control pills and packed them when she went back to Canada. So right now, i have twenty-seven 100mg pills left, and somehow have to ween myself off of this drug which i know has terrible withdrawal symptoms. Can anyone give me any advice as to how to proceed now?

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Could you switch to venlafaxine (Effexor)?

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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Welcome, DPS.


I moved your new topic here from Tapering to serve as your Introductions topic.


After 4 months on Pristiq, and at a level of 100mg, you risk withdrawal symptoms by tapering quickly.


Please read http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/876-tips-for-tapering-off-pristiq-desvenlafaxine/

from the beginning and post any questions you have here.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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