I've been dealing with anxiety for several years now. I was on Lexapro for about two years and it was a wonder drug for me. I felt normal again and loved it. Only problem is I gained 60 lbs and it wasn't stopping. I've been off now for a little over a year and symptoms have been creeping back. I am now on Wellbutrin and that helps some, but I am still getting worse and not better. My doctor has prescribed pristiq since it's not supposed to cause weight gain. (I've actually read a lot of people actually LOSE weight...that would be a huge bonus). But...reading the possible side effects scares me to death. I really shouldn't read about these drugs because they just increase my anxiety! I've even had pharmacists tell me not to read the info they give out because it will scare you to death about any drug. I should have listened! I had a minor heart issue earlier this year which seems to be fine now, but this drug could cause a racing heart, it can also increase blood pressure, which I have issues with too. A lot of the side effects are temporary, but it scares me. I just took my first one tonight and I am just sitting here waiting for something bad to happen. Most of the really bad side effects really only effect like 1% of people taking it, but knowing me, I would be the 1%. I guess I don't really have a question, I just need to get these feelings out and knew you all would probably understand. Thanks for listening.