Mental Health Home > Desvenlafaxine Succinate Drug Info

If you have depression, you may benefit from a prescription drug called desvenlafaxine succinate (Pristiq®). Available as an extended-release tablet, the medication is released slowly into your body over time. Due to its long-acting nature, desvenlafaxine is taken just once a day. Common side effects include dry mouth, headaches, and nausea.
 
Although the medicine has been shown to be effective in treating depression, you may have to wait several weeks before you see an improvement. Your healthcare provider may also recommend counseling or therapy in addition to desvenlafaxine.
 
It's important to review this drug's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. Desvenlafaxine may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions, such as problems with your heart, liver, or kidneys, or if you are taking any other drugs.
 
(To learn more about this drug, click Desvenlafaxine. This article contains helpful information on available strengths, what to do if you miss a dose, and taking the medication safely.)
 
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