• Lori September 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    A dear family friend just passed away due to suicide while on this drug for a about a week. We are all completely shocked because this WAS NOT the rational behavior of the man we loved. Even in the doctor's records, my friend stated that he was there to help with his marriage, not so much that he needed drugs. So why give a police officer a medication for severe depression? We saw this friend every day and never showed signs of depression which I have experienced. So add the number from 17 to 18. My friend left behind a beautiful wife, three kids, and a police family that loved him dearly. It is a shame that pharamacutical reps push these meds on "family doctors" to give to patients – to "try out" especially when the patient clearly tells the doctor that they are not depressed and do not exhibit symptoms of depression. I pray they take this medication off the market.

  • Solomon August 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Wow Lori, I was a police officer for almost 10 years and after taking Pristiq for 5 days I went through a tramatic experience where I almost killed myself. I had never experienced this behavior and I have never gone through this since. I wonder if there is any connection?

  • liz November 12, 2010 at 10:55 am

    my husband took pristiq for 3 days and killed himself on the 4th day – October 25, 2010.

    • admin November 15, 2010 at 5:17 am

      Hi Liz, My sincere condolences–I can't even begin to imagine what you've been going through. It is truly a tragedy that the very drugs that are prescibed to help many manage through their darkest hours also come with the risk of a possible increase in suicidal thoughts. And unfortunately, while patients are supposed to be closely monitored by their physicians when first going on these drugs, it either does not always happen or is unrealistic for a doctor to have such close monitoring of a patient. I realize I don't fully know the circumstances surrounding your husband's suicide–but if you would like to have a lawyer who specializes in antidepressant lawsuits (Pristiq is an SNRI as opposed to an SSRI, which also are associated with thoughts of suicidality) you can submit your information on this form and a lawyer will review it. It's a free service to our readers with no obligation on your part. It may just be worth it to know whether you have a case. I realize, too, there is no replacing your husband and there is seemingly little solace in reviewing any legal options, but you may want to consider it. Again, I am very sorry for your loss, and I truly hope your husband is now at peace.

  • Valeri December 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    My husband killed himself six weeks ago. This doesn't make sense to me. He had everything to live for; a new business, new granchild, good health. His new doctor put him on Pristiq a year ago, and he has seemed to go down hill since. I don't understand why he was put on this medication. Since it was a suicide, the insurance is not going to pay. I have no where to go from here.

  • David Chowes October 15, 2017 at 8:41 am

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    They produced the award winning book on manic depressive disorder. It is considered as the definitive volume on the subject.

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    David Chowes … N.Y.

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