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
206 90
118 47
71 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
67

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

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Show all 107 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine)
Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 218
100 mg daily 136
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
Why Patients Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 69
Side effects too severe 52
Doctor's advice 33
Expense 30
Other 23
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Not indicated 3
See all 162 patients who’ve stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration

Currently Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 9
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 48
Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 21
1-3 months 32
3-6 months 20
6 months-1 year 35
1-2 years 27
2 years or more 18
Adherence
Always
160 83%
Usually
24 12%
Sometimes
3 2%
Never
6 3%
Burden
Very
14 7%
Somewhat
15 8%
A little
26 13%
Not at all
138 72%
Cost per month
$200+
6 5%
$100-199
9 7%
$50-99
25 20%
$25-49
34 28%
< $25
48 39%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desvenlafaxine after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt, Zedan…) 1
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR…) 1
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Lexamil…) 1
Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR, Faverin…) 1
Milnacipran (Savella, Ixel) 1

See all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Desvenlafaxine and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yentreve…) 2
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lovan, Fluxene…) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal, Lamictal XR, Lamictal Blue…) 1
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26 patient evaluations for Desvenlafaxine

arachnoiditis555
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arachnoiditis555
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: 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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Motivatories
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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not-my-real-name
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not-my-real-name
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
41 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Mild Depression

See not-my-real-name's full Desvenlafaxine history

Dec 10, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Mild Depression: Slight
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If possible, look for natural treatments. Consult a functional doctor, check your diet, relationships, etc. May be you're not depressed, but surrounded by dools

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