I have major depression, cptsd, ADHD, social anxiety, GAD and bipolar 2.
After being on Pristiq 150mg for over half a year and getting terrible brain zaps without missing doses, extreme apathy, Hypomania, no increase in happiness with only a slight decrease in general anxiety I decided to go off it. the withdrawals were terrible and I spent 3+ weeks on each decrease of the medication.
My psychiatrist has now prescribed me Effexor, building up to 75mg, very likely beyond that and I don't have much hope, i haven't started it yet because I'm afraid of just going down the same path, it seems like more people have side affects with Effexor as well as worse withdrawals.
Does anyone have experience with Effexor or transitioning from Pristiq to Effexor?