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Paxil vs Pristiq, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 51

This is personalized comparison of Paxil vs Pristiq for a female aged 51. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Paxil (latest outcomes from 70,257 users) has active ingredients of paroxetine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression.

Pristiq (latest outcomes from 15,570 users) has active ingredients of desvenlafaxine succinate. It is often used in depression.

On Oct, 26, 2014: 8,899 female patients aged 46 who take the same drugs are studied in Paxil vs Pristiq

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female46IBS

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Paxil paroxetine hydrochlorideGlaxosmithkline
Pristiq desvenlafaxine succinateWyeth Pharms Inc

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 46 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Paxil (Glaxosmithkline)Pristiq (Wyeth Pharms Inc)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)Headache (pain in head)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Dizziness
AnxietyDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
DizzinessInsomnia (sleeplessness)
DepressionFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Condition Aggravated
Weight IncreasedAnxiety
Headache (pain in head)Drug Ineffective
Suicidal IdeationFeeling Abnormal

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Paxil (Glaxosmithkline)Pristiq (Wyeth Pharms Inc)
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Headache (pain in head)
DizzinessNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Dizziness
Tremor (trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body)Feeling Abnormal
Suicidal IdeationAbdominal Pain
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Disturbance In AttentionWeight Increased
Headache (pain in head)Fluid Retention (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the blood)
AnxietyNumbness In Hands Or Feet

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Paxil2.28%17.35%32.42%33.33%14.61%
Pristiq2.99%23.88%37.31%23.13%12.69%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine succinate) is often used to treat depression. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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