What is Desvenlafaxine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Pristiq Exsira

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Desvenlafaxine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It is an extended release formulation believed to treat depression by affecting the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters associated with depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 254 178
Major depressive disorder 219 146
Anxious mood 106 73
Fibromyalgia 42 33
Bipolar disorder 23 12
Pain 12 10

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 55
Moderate 69
Mild 91
None 162

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Desvenlafaxine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 14
Nausea 13
Decreased sex drive (libido) 10
Tiredness increased 10
Increased energy 9
Dry mouth 8

Show all 128 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 45
100 mg daily 31
25 mg daily 8
150 mg daily 3
200 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
12.5 mg daily 1
2,500 mg daily 1
10,000 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 90
Side effects too severe 62
Doctor's advice 46
Expense 42
Other 34
Change in health plan coverage 11
Personal research 7
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 212 patients who've stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration

Currently taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 323
Usually 38
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 43
Not at all hard to take 293
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 16
$50-99 38
$25-49 66
< $25 111
Not specified 139

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desvenlafaxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 26
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 15
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 13
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 11

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Desvenlafaxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 9
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 5
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 3
Sertraline (Zoloft) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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28 patient evaluations for Desvenlafaxine

Jan 23, 2018 (Started Dec 19, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Takes a while to work. hoping for the best.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 27, 2017 (Started Dec 19, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It takes awhile to start to work. My Dr. set me up on 25mg but I feel I should be on a stronger dosage. Will take that up with her at my next appointment.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Mar 22, 2017 (Started Jun 19, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 50 mg is for everyone but can go to 100 but usually no difference at all.. I was on effexor and then cynbalta both which didn't work out for me and then this one did.. all 3 are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. ... It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 25, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (agoraphobia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I DID NOT REALLY REALIZE THE ANXIETY AND AGORAPHOBIA WAS BECAUSE OF THE PRISTIQ UNTIL RECENTLY.

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