Psychiatric Medications: Effects and Side Effects

April, 2008 | Vol: 6 Issue: 4

In this issue

Learning Objective


Pristiq vs. Effexor

After many years of trying, Wyeth finally received FDA approval for its new antidepressant, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine). Don’t get too excited, though – Pristiq is simply the active metabolite of Effexor and it’s unclear whether it adds anything of value to our current quiver of antidepressants.

Serious But Rare Antidepressant Side Effects

We typically warn our patients about common side effects, such as headache, GI distress and sexual dysfunction when we start SSRIs. Here are some of the side effects that we don’t necessarily talk to patients about, but should be able to recognize and discuss in particular contexts.

Research Update

Expert QA