Depression is a common occurrence in most people. While we usually say “I am depressed” or “I feel depressed” in certain life situations, clinical depression is a much different case. Depression is the occurrence of sadness, loss of interest in daily routines, difficulty getting sleep, most especially it can yield thoughts committing suicide. If such feeling disrupt your daily living and becomes persistent for a few weeks—most likely you are qualified to be suffering from depression.
There are drugs which many physicians prescribe for patients suffering from depression. Two of them are Lexapro and Pristiq.
What We Need To Know About Lexapro vs. Pristiq
Lexapro has the generic Escitalopram and is under the drug category SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. On the other hand, Pristiq goes by the generic Desvenlafaxine and is considered an SSNRI or Selective Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor. Both drugs work by modifying the brain chemicals most specifically Serotonin for Lexapro and Serotonin + Norepinephrine for Pristiq.
Contraindications in Taking Lexapro vs. Pristiq
Taking Lexapro has its limitations, your physician should evaluate you for the following conditions:
- Personal or family history of bipolar disorder;
- Kidney, heart or liver diseases;
- Seizures and convulsion;
- Thoughts of suicide;
- Diabetes Mellitus; and
- Those receiving Electro-convulsive therapy.
As for Pristiq, you need to be evaluated for the following disorders too.
- Kidney and Liver Disorders;
- Mania and Depression shifts; and
- Suicidal attempts.
How Lexapro vs. Pristiq Needs To Be Taken
Lexapro and Pristiq both needs to be taken in the exact amount prescribed by the physician. One must drink a full glass of water in taking the drug. Also, be sure to read the drug label for other more specific considerations in taking these drugs.
These drugs need to be taken in regular intervals. Never stop taking these drugs abruptly—your physician needs to adjust your doses accordingly before finally stopping this drug.
Remember that like most anti-depressants, one can feel the effects in about at least four weeks. Never stop taking the medication and miss any dose in order to get the desired effects within the expected time frame.
Side Effects of Taking Lexapro vs. Pristiq
Taking Lexapro vs. Pristiq also has their own sets of side effects which the patient, as well as the caregiver should be aware of. In taking Lexapro, one should be mindful of:
- Allergic reaction to the drug;
- Feeling of faintness and light headedness;
- Suicidal thoughts; and
- Easy bleeding/ bruising.
As for taking Pristiq, the following should also be considered:
- Allergic reaction to the medication;
- Hallucination and detachment from reality;
- Manic episodes;
- Problem achieving orgasm/ sexual difficulties;
- Abnormal bleeding; and
- Seizures and convulsions.
Special Precautions When Taking Lexapro vs. Pristiq
As for Pristiq and Lexapro, take note of the following drugs and avoid taking them while on these antidepressant medications:
- Diet and appetite suppressant drugs;
- Anti-neoplastic drugs;
- Drugs for heart rhythm disorders;
- Migraine medications;
- NSAIDS and pain relievers;
- Blood thinning agents; and
- Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
There are many other drugs which may react negatively when taking with Lexapro and Pristiq—be sure to have your physician check all drugs you take to identify their safety level.