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Who should not take Pristiq?

Pristiq should not be taken by people who are allergic to any of its ingredients or to the drug venlafaxine. Pristiq should not be taken by people currently taking any medicines containing venlafaxine or desvenlafaxine, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or any other medication or herbal supplement, such as St. John's Wort, that interacts negatively with Pristiq. If your family has a history of bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses, you should talk to your doctor before taking Pristiq. A history of seizures, heart problems, abnormal electrocardiograms or high blood pressure may help your doctor decide if Pristiq is right for you. People with a history of high cholesterol, lung problems, liver problems or stomach problems, shouldn't take Pristiq. Do not take Pristiq if you have low blood sodium levels or drink alcohol. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Pristiq could harm the developing fetus and it is found to be excreted in breastmilk. Pristiq is not approved for use in children.

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