From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Pristiq®, the brand name for desvenlafaxine, is a prescription medication manufactured by Pfizer Inc. for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. Classified as a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), Pristiq® is thought to increase serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain.
Pristiq® can cause side effects such as shaking, sweating, tingling or burning of body parts, dilated pupils, blurry vision, trouble urinating, inability to perform sexually, altered libido, exhaustion, unusual dreams, dryness of the mouth, reduced appetite, and bowel irregularity.
|Brand name for||Desvenlafaxine|
|Types of coupons||Pristiq® Savings Card, patient assistance programs|
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Pristiq Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
- Patients can save at the pharmacy by using the Pristiq® Savings Card. Those who are eligible for the program will get $15 off of each Pristiq® prescription for a savings of up to $180 per year. Signup is available on the official Pristiq® website. After filling out the required registration form, patients will gain access to a temporary, printable savings card. Then, Pristiq® will send out a permanent savings card via postal mail within one to two weeks. The card is available to patients with or without commercial health insurance, but those in public health care programs like Medicare do not qualify for the savings. Not all pharmacies participate in the savings card program.
- Some patients may be eligible for one of Pfizer's prescription assistance programs for deeper savings:
- Connection to Care: Provides free medications through health care professionals.
- Maintain: Free medications for the unemployed.
- Pfizer Pfriends: A drug savings card. The program phone number is 866-706-2400.
- RSVP, First Resource, Pfizer Bridge Program: Reimbursement programs for insured low-income patients; free medications for eligible uninsured and underinsured patients.
- Sharing the Care, Pfizer Hospital Partnership: Free medications through participating hospitals and community health centers.
Pristiq® is an oral, extended-release tablet that is usually prescribed in a once-daily dosage to control the symptoms of depression. This drug is not a cure for depression, but can help manage the symptoms. It can take weeks or more to start to work.
There are reports of children and adults under the age of 24 having suicidal thoughts or killing themselves while taking SNRIs like Pristiq®. The NIH warns that these antidepressants can change the mental health in all patients, even those over 24 years old. Pristiq® can also cause problems for patients with conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Chemically similar to the existing antidepressant Effexor, Wyeth, the drug's distributor, claims that Pristiq® has several advantages over its predecessor:
- Patients may begin taking Pristiq® at the therapeutic dosage of 50 mg, rather than beginning at a lower dose and ramping up to the therapeutic dosage.
- Pristiq® is less likely to interact with other medications that are metabolized by the liver.
Detractors view Pristiq® as a patent extender, as the Effexor® patent expired in 2010.