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I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This season has been really rough as far as depression and severe anxiety. I have been on just about every SSRI in the past, they used to ease depression/anxiety. In the past few years I have experienced horrible autumn & winter seasons. My pdoc is firm in her belief that I have SAD. She has prescribed Pristique. We started out with 25mg. and yesterday she increased the dose to 50mg.



It seems that I've heard quite a bit about the medication (ads and such). I don't think I know anyone who takes Pristique, though. I'm curious to know if anyone has experience with it?
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Pristique must not be prescribed to many people. I don't recall anyone IRL who is taking it and so far, no one here. I wonder why it isn't more commonly prescribed?
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I just started taking it. 50mgs now for about two weeks. I have been on just about everything. I am bipolar and depression hit hard. So far things are going well. Few side effects. I do not know anyone on it .
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Iíve been on it since January, 25 mg. Itís the only medication that made an immediate noticeable difference (prescribed for depression/anxiety). I had a mega-headache at first but it went away the second day.
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Whatever you do dont quit it cold turkey.
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I loved it. Worked well for me and I lost
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Itís very similar to SSRIíS However it works better for some so I wish you luck with it.
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when a former psych and I were discussing antidepressant options, she nixed Pristique. She prefers to prescribe Effexor, because she said the wide dosage range helps her find the "sweet spot" for each patient. I could see how other doctors might jump on easy dosing guidelines, especially busy psychiatrists and family doctors.

I've heard tapering can be rough, just like with effexor and cymbalta. Other than that...I hope it works well for you. good luck.
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