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Precautions and warnings with desvenlafaxine should be reviewed before starting treatment, including information on who should not use the drug. You should not take desvenlafaxine if you are allergic to any components of the medicine, have taken an MAOI recently, or are allergic to venlafaxine. Precautions and warnings with desvenlafaxine also apply to people with bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking desvenlafaxine succinate (Pristiq®) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Heart problems
- Seizures or epilepsy
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A history of stroke
- A bleeding disorder
- Low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia)
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.