desvenlafaxine (Pristiq, Khedezla) (cont.)

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets (extended release): 50 and 100 mg

STORAGE: Tablets should be kept at room temperature, 20 C and 25 C (68 F and 77 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Desvenlafaxine is used for the treatment of major depression.

DOSING: The recommended dose of desvenlafaxine is 50 mg daily, with or without food. Tablets should be taken whole and should not be crushed, divided, chewed, or dissolved. Doses greater than 50 mg are not more effective but cause more side effects.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: All SNRIs, including desvenlafaxine, should not be taken with any of the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) class of antidepressants, for example, isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), selegiline (Eldepryl), and procarbazine (Matulane) or other drugs that inhibit monoamine oxidase [for example, linezolid (Zyvox)]. Such combinations may lead to confusion, high blood pressure, tremor, hyperactivity, coma, and death. Desvenlafaxine should not be administered within 14 days after stopping MAOIs and MAOIs should not be administered within 7 days of stopping desvenlafaxine.

Similar reactions may occur if desvenlafaxine is combined with other SNRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (for example, fluoxetine [Prozac] or paroxetine [Paxil]) or other drugs that increase serotonin in the brain, for example, tryptophan, St. John's wort, meperidine (Demerol) or tramadol (Ultram).

SNRIs may increase the effect of warfarin (Coumadin), leading to excessive bleeding. Warfarin therapy should be monitored more frequently in patients who are also taking desvenlafaxine. Combining SNRIs with aspirin, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other drugs that affect bleeding may increase the likelihood of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014


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