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Can my child take desvenlafaxine?

Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is prescribed to treat depression in adults. In general, children younger than 18 should not take desvenlafaxine, because antidepressants have been found to cause some kids, as well as young adults, to become suicidal. Experts aren't sure how large the risk of a child becoming suicidal while taking antidepressants is, so it's important to carefully weigh the potential benefits of giving a child an antidepressant like desvenlafaxine against this possible side effect.

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