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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Desvenlafaxine

Severe
44
Moderate
38
Mild
45
None
71

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

Patients
14
Patients
13
Patients
12
Patients
10
Patients
9
Patients
8

Show all 110 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine)
Dosage
50 mg daily
Patients
220
Dosage
100 mg daily
Patients
139
Dosage
150 mg daily
Patients
14
Dosage
200 mg daily
Patients
11
Dosage
1 mg daily
Patients
5
Dosage
1 other daily
Patients
2
Dosage
25 mg daily
Patients
2
Dosage
75 mg daily
Patients
2
Dosage
300 mg daily
Patients
2
Dosage
2 mg daily
Patients
1

Dosages based on patients currently taking Desvenlafaxine.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
71
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
56
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
34
Reason
Expense
Patients
31
Reason
Other
Patients
27
Reason
Personal research
Patients
7
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
7
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
4
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
3
See all 169 patients who’ve stopped taking Desvenlafaxine

Duration

Currently Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
12
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
34
Stopped Taking Desvenlafaxine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
22
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
33
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
22
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
35
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
28
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
21

Adherence


Always
Patients
165
83%
Usually
Patients
24
12%
Sometimes
Patients
3
2%
Never
Patients
6
3%

Burden


Very
Patients
14
7%
Somewhat
Patients
14
7%
A little
Patients
27
14%
Not at all
Patients
143
72%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
73
58%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
5
4%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
10
8%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
25
20%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
35
28%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
50
40%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desvenlafaxine after stopping:
Treatment name(s)
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yentreve…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Lexamil…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lovan, Fluxene…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Pregabalin (Lyrica, Maxgalin, Provelyn)
Patients
2

See all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Desvenlafaxine and switched to:
Treatment name(s)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yentreve…)
Patients
3
Treatment name(s)
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Effexor, Venlafaxine XR…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Vortioxetine (Brintellix)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, APO-Citalopram…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Lovan, Fluxene…)
Patients
1

See all 9 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

26 patient evaluations for Desvenlafaxine

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Little
function: None
external_stress: None
Stickman: little
Description:F58y
FM:6y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See dmwhite113@gmail.com's full Desvenlafaxine history

Jul 25, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I DID NOT REALLY REALIZE THE ANXIETY AND AGORAPHOBIA WAS BECAUSE OF THE PRISTIQ UNTIL RECENTLY.

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
60 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
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: Not specified 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: Not specified monthly

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 40
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: Not specified monthly

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