When it comes to depression medication, now a day the most common type of medication you hear about is categorized as an SSRI. Well Pristiq, like Effexor is considered to be a SNRI. They work very differently on the brain and those who have not had good luck with a SSRI type of anti-depressant, will generally do well on a SNRI.
While the typical SSRI increases the amount of serotonin in our brains, a SNRI increases serotonin, but also increase the amount of norepinephrine is our brains. When this chemical is increased, it can reduce the amount of depression someone has. Many people who have been on SSRI’s for years and switch to a SNRI, claim that is helped to completely eliminate their depression.
Another aspect of SNRI’s that is different is the effect in energy. A SNRI has stimulant like qualities and is said to help to energy levels in those who are depressed. They work much quicker in the body than a SSRI and help to produce an almost instant increase in energy levels. Because of the ‘stimulant’ like qualities, this medication is typically not a good choice for those who suffer with an anxiety disorder because it can make the anxiety worse in the long fun.