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Hi everyone,  I am new here, have been on Pristiq for 10 day 50 mgs, feeling spacey and confused...This is my 3rd anxiety episode...had one 5 years ago, when I was able to come off Pristiq during 3 weeks of alternating days gradually. ..but my sleep was OK then...want to reduce Pristiq , but unfortunately I still take 1 tablet Immovane at night, also for 10 days...not sure what to do next, so I could keep my sleep and take less Pristiq...GPsaid to cut in half, but the tablet split in 4 irregular bits....25 mgs not available in Australia...

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Welcome Licinia,


I'm sorry to hear that you are having unwanted symptoms from your medications. Unfortunately this is common and one of the main reasons for this site, we help people to safely taper off their psychiatric medications and promote safer, healthier ways of dealing with problems and difficult human emotions.


It sounds like this is not your first time taking these kinds of medications. Many people find that over time, with more drug exposure, and stopping and starting different drugs, unpleasant symptoms increase, while benefits decrease.


I'd highly recommend reading Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker. Psychiatric drugs can cause harmful side effects and long term, they can worsen health, increasing the risk of other illnesses. They don't cure anything, but work by creating a chemical imbalance in the brain, which alters natural brain function. For some people, these changes may seem helpful. But evidence is starting to show that long term, they cause more harm than good. From personal experience, my own research, and reading thousands of anecdotal stories, I've come to the conclusion that psychiatric drugs should only be used in the most serious of cases and then for the shortest possible amount of time.


You may find some information about taking a lower dose of Pristiq here:  Tips for tapering off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)


And here is our topic for how to manage emotional problems without using drugs, this includes sleep issues: 

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems


I hope you find something of use in those links.

If you wish to safely taper off your medications we can help you with that. If so, please would you put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature.

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Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.




I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?

VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?

VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?

VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes




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