What is Desvenlafaxine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most Popular Types: Pristiq

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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 Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
210 90
126 50
75 32
42 22
19 5
11 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Desvenlafaxine"

Severe
45
Moderate
37
Mild
44
None
70

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Desvenlafaxine

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Show all 108 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine)
Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 221
100 mg daily 140
150 mg daily 14
200 mg daily 11
1 mg daily 5
1 other daily 2
25 mg daily 2
75 mg daily 2
300 mg daily 2
2 mg daily 1

Dosages based on patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 70
Side effects too severe 54
Doctor's advice 33
Expense 30
Other 24
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Not indicated 3
See all 165 patients who’ve stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration

Currently Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 38
Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 22
1-3 months 33
3-6 months 21
6 months-1 year 35
1-2 years 27
2 years or more 19
Adherence
Always
163 83%
Usually
24 12%
Sometimes
3 2%
Never
6 3%
Burden
Very
14 7%
Somewhat
15 8%
A little
26 13%
Not at all
141 72%
Cost per month
$200+
6 5%
$100-199
9 7%
$50-99
25 20%
$25-49
35 28%
49 40%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desvenlafaxine after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR…) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yentreve…) 2
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Lexamil…) 2
Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt, Zedan…) 1
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lovan, Fluxene…) 1

See all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Desvenlafaxine and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yentreve…) 2
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Effexor, Venlafaxine XR…) 2
Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, APO-Citalopram…) 1
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lovan, Fluxene…) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal, Lamictal XR, Lamictal Blue…) 1

See all 6 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

25 patient evaluations for Desvenlafaxine

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
59 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See zoomer's full Desvenlafaxine history

Mar 15, 2015 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 6, 2011 (Started Mar 10, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The efficacy for Bipolar1 is major because I am experiencing a significant decrease in the depressive episodes.(not having) Therefore, what a major wonder this anti depressant is doing so far. especially, because life circumstances kind of warrant depression..HA! and because I have had no side effects. I switched straight across from 120mg Cymbalta to the 100mg of Pristiq overnight. Last summer when starting Pristiq I attributed many side effects to the med. Maybe looking back, I was at a different place physiologically. I know we change and meds stop working or old ones do work that didn't work before. Hope you all find success..
Cost: < $25 monthly

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arachnoiditis555
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 39
Condition: Arachnoiditis 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Arachnoiditis

See arachnoiditis555's full Desvenlafaxine history

Jun 20, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: For me, this med worked pretty well for my depression, but it destroyed my libido. I have been off it for about a month, and my libido still isn't the same as it was before I started taking Pristiq. Not even close. I've tried other anti-depressants, and most did have a slight negative impact on my sex drive, however Pristiq has been devastating in that area. I'm wondering if the "old me" will ever return in respect to libido.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Motivatories
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Motivatories's full Desvenlafaxine history

Nov 14, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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