Pristiq users: please give your input?
Several questions: 1) What, if anything, sets Pristiq apart from other anti-depressants? 2) Are you satisfied with your experience with the medication? 3) How long did it take to start helping you, if it did at all? 4) What side effects, if any have you experienced? Please elaborate on any and all information...
Asked by Whitney Muffoletto 3 months ago.
Several questions: 1) What, if anything, sets Pristiq apart from other anti-depressants? 2) Are you satisfied with your experience with the medication? 3) How long did it take to start helping you, if it did at all? 4) What side effects, if any have you experienced? Please elaborate on any and all information you might have. Thanks. Answered by Leo Torelli 3 months ago.
Pristiq is the active metabolite of Effexor XR and for that reason they are very similar. Pristiq's only real advantage over Effexor XR that I know of is that it does not require titration like Effexor XR. This means you begin on 50 mg which is the therapeutic dosage. With Effexor XR, most patients begin on 37.5 mg, then increase to 75 mg, and if necessary then to 150 mg or higher. For most people this is not a problem because improvement is still seen over the course of titration. I'm not aware of any studies which show Pristiq becomes effective more quickly than Effexor XR. To my knowledge, no comparison studies have been done between Pristiq and Effexor XR. The reason I tell you all of this is because it's going to be difficult to find a Pristiq user. In the U.S., both Effexor and Effexor XR have gone generic so Pristiq is Wyeth's new antidepressant. Because generics are so much more affordable even with insurance, I'm not sure why a doctor would prescribe Pristiq over Effexor XR. So with that said, I can only tell you about my experiences on Effexor XR. Effexor XR is an SNRI which means it affects both serotonin and norepinephrine. SSRIs are known to make many people drowsy, but SNRIs ans NRIs like Effexor, Pristiq, and Wellbutrin are known to have stimulating effects which for me has been life changing. When I am depressed, I can barely function physically. Even standing to shower can be too much, so I have to take baths--that's how bad it is. So Effexor XR is just amazing for that. For me Wellbutrin XL did the same, but it didn't seem to have as much positive effects on my mood as Effexor XR does. Side effects vary from person to person but one of the major ones which all SSRIs and SNRIs have is sexual dysfunction. Some people can tolerate this better than others. There are also side effects which are experienced when beginning treatment such as increased anxiety or appetite changes which are likely to go away within a month. Effexor XR is actually indicated for the treatment of social and general anxiety, so after a month or so you should actually feel less anxious. I am definitely satisfied with my experience on Effexor XR. I have been on it three times in my life, one of those times being an adolescent. (Effexor XR did not exist when I was an adolescent so really I was on Effexor at that time.) I have also been on Elavil, Paxil CR, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin XL. For me, Effexor XR has been far superior to all of these except for Paxil CR which was very similar to Effexor XR for me. Many people seem to have problems with Paxil CR though. Before considering Pristiq, I would read the commentary on Wikipedia which I think is very good and refutes some of Wyeth's claims. I am not a doctor or pharmacist, but for me personally Pristiq just doesn't seem to have any *real* advantages over Effexor XR. Your doctor may disagree. Also, Effexor XR is indicated for depression, social anxiety, and general anxiety while Pristiq has not received approval for the treatment of anxiety. Don't be fooled by Wyeth's use of "MDD" either. Major depressive disorder is just another name for clinical depression which Effexor XR treats too. This is a technique used by drug companies to get consumers to believe their new drugs treat new illnesses. Hope this information helps. If your doctor tries to prescribe Pristiq to you, I would really try to understand why they are choosing it over Effexor XR. I'm very curious to see how sales for Pristiq will do. Also, if you get a prescription for Effexor XR, ask your pharmacy if they carry the generic. It is relatively new so some pharmacies might not but when I went to get my Effexor XR refill the other day, the pharmacist informed me they had the generic in stock. Best wishes in your battle dear <3 Just a funny side note: The Pristiq tablets are gorgeous. They look like little pink square candies. Yet another ingenious way to try to sell more drugs... Answered by Taren Cuva 3 months ago.
Effexor Vs Pristiq Answered by Rita Stever 3 months ago.
I took venlafaxine (effexor) which is like Pristiq, it is a very good antidepressant, it helps with both depression and motivation, it made me feel faint and dizzy but some people have no side effects, it can cause problems when you come off it. Answered by Herschel Barkenhagen 3 months ago.
prisitq has been the most effective of all the anti-depressents ive tried. and keep in mind, its been many. overall, i'd say it helps. im not completely cured of my depression, obviously, but its done me a lot of good compared to other meds ive been on. and so far, i cant rememeber really any side effects from it. im not sure exactly how long it took to start working, but i know i felt a difference after just a short while of being on it. id recommend it, i truly believe its helped. even if just somewhat. Answered by Yu Stroub 3 months ago.
Is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) an appropriate drug for GAD?
I suffer from general anxiety disorder and my doctor just prescribed Pristiq. No where in the info can I find where it helps control this condition.
Asked by Thomasina Heckard 3 months ago.
Pristiq would absolutely be an appropriate drug for GAD. Basically, Pristiq is just a stripped down version of Effexor (by stripped down I mean they isolated and synthesized just the active metabolite in venlafaxine) so it has many of the same effects as Effexor. Effexor is approved for GAD and Pristiq will be too...it is just so new right now. Basically, norepenephrine is a neurotransmitter that is often associated with stress and anxiety, so that coupled with the SSRI should, in theory make it very effective for GAD. That said, if you can avoid taking SSRI's of any kind, you will thank yourself in the long run. They (SSRI's) can be a handful to get off of (take a look into SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome). I have been on SSRI's for the past 9 years for Panic Disorder and I recently switched from Paxil to Cymbalta, which was almost enough alone...but not quite. So now I take a mix of Cymbalta and Pristiq. I have been on this combo since September and feel great physically, but often get upset because I am on so many drugs I feel like I will never get off them. No matter what you end up trying, I would suggesting starting on the lowest possible dose. Sometimes doctors have a habit of starting somewhere a bit higher than minimum. It is a shame you can't just get away with the occasional xanax or something. Just remember with SSRI SNRI type medications they can take a pretty good amount of time to start working properly and sometimes the "start-up" side effects can be a little intimadating. Just hang in there and try to be as patient as possible. Best of luck to you! Hope you have a great, anxiety free, 2009! Answered by Earl Langseth 3 months ago.
I would be anybody's friend, I don't presume to judge people by what they do and what they don't put into their systems. Would I encourage others? Depends on who they were and what drug we're talking about. For example, although it's not for everybody, you only live once and not to have experienced mind alteration with something like mescaline or peyote is too bad, because something like that can show you there is more to existence than the nuts-and-bolts of reproducing, raising kids, and going to work every day. Just one example. Do I do drugs? Not right now, no. Have I ever done drugs? Hahahahahahahahahaha Answered by Petra Hessling 3 months ago.
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How to lose weight on pristiq?
im trying to lose weight..i am currently taking pristiq 50 mlg. and occassionally 1 mg of klonopin. im trying to find really good foods to eat, since pristiq makes you gain weight and makes you hungry all the time. any suggestions? i know the typical apples, bannanas and vegetables..but anything that you have tried...
Asked by Trudi Parr 3 months ago.
im trying to lose weight..i am currently taking pristiq 50 mlg. and occassionally 1 mg of klonopin. im trying to find really good foods to eat, since pristiq makes you gain weight and makes you hungry all the time. any suggestions? i know the typical apples, bannanas and vegetables..but anything that you have tried that helps? thanks! Answered by Shelby Vljeric 3 months ago.
Although Pristiq is effective for treating depression for many people, the drug does have some side effects. Nausea, dizziness, sweating and constipation are the most common side effects. Weight gain is not listed as a common side effect of Pirstiq, but the Mayo Clinic says weight gain is a possible result of any antidepressant. Losing weight while taking Pristiq is similar to the weight-loss process under other circumstances. Step 1 Keep a food diary for several days, writing down everything you eat and drink. According to the Mayo Clinic, some people eat less while depressed, and antidepressant treatments can cause the appetite to return. This can result in unexpected weight gain if you do not notice that you are eating more. Step 2 Reduce your calorie intake. It takes 3,500 calories to gain or lose a pound, and the recommended amount of weight you can lose each week is 1 to 2 pounds. This requires you to cut 500 to 1,000 calories each day. You can cut these calories by reducing portion size, eating low-fat foods and avoiding high-calorie beverages. The Mayo Clinic says that antidepressants often cause carbohydrate cravings, so it is especially important to watch your carbohydrate intake. Step 3 Engage in a total of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. The National Institutes of Health recommends 2 1/2 hours of moderate intensity aerobic exercise weekly, which can be broken down into intervals of at least 10 minutes. Examples of moderate intensity aerobic exercise include brisk walking, swimming, dancing or tennis. You should also do strength training twice a week, in the form of resistance training, weight lifting or Pilates. Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat. I hope this information helps, But to Get More HELP, visit on Link Below: Answered by Daina Sperger 3 months ago.
Pristiq Weight Gain Answered by Chantell Natividad 3 months ago.
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Increasing Depression med...pristiq?
Thanks Gardens...., I actually would have to pay for it either way the same amount. I appreciate you looking out for me though! Thanks Bunches!
Asked by Maxie Hurta 3 months ago.
Pristiq is just brand name Effexor. If you are paying for this stuff, take Effexor instead, there is very little difference (in the body, Effexor is converted to Pristiq by the liver, the drug company just did this process for you and charges way more for it). Anyway, if you google info about effexor, you will get more info, since pristiq hasn't been on the market long. The dosing will probably be somewhat different. usually if you are not "well" you try increasing the dosage up to the limit you can stand the side effects. Answered by Sofia Sim 3 months ago.
What time to take Pristiq?
I'm in the process of switching from Lexapro 20mg to Pristiq 50mg, starting Pristiq tomorrow. What is the best time to take it? Morning or night? I'm used to taking Lexapro at night, will Pristiq keep me awake? When can I expect to notice the changes? Lexapro has worked fine for the last 2 years, but it has...
Asked by Lanita Borsellino 3 months ago.
I'm in the process of switching from Lexapro 20mg to Pristiq 50mg, starting Pristiq tomorrow. What is the best time to take it? Morning or night? I'm used to taking Lexapro at night, will Pristiq keep me awake? When can I expect to notice the changes? Lexapro has worked fine for the last 2 years, but it has killed my sex drive. For my husband's sake I'm switching to Pristiq. Hopefully it works! =) Answered by Keeley Gullett 3 months ago.
I take my Pristiq in the morning. I don't think it really matters what time you take it (I have not experienced any side effects like being too awake or excessively drowsy) But, I do think it's important to take it at the SAME time EVERY day.When I don't, I can just tell the difference in how I feel that particular day when I take it a little later. I started with 50mg for about 6 months then increased to 100mg after I sensed that the 50 mg wasn't working like it did in the beginning. I have been on the 100mg for another 6 months and feel like I am doing well. ( I primarily take it for PMDD- severe pms- but also suffer from mild depression) I have found that Pristiq DOES NOT have the sexual side effects like other meds have. I have taken Prozac, Celexa and Wellbutrin and have experienced negative effects on sex drive, but so far so good with the Pristiq. It took me about 2 - 4 wks to really feel a difference when I first started taking it, but with any kind of med like this that's going to be the norm. What ever you do, DO NOT just stop taking your medication if you don't think it's working for you. I ran out of Prozac & Celexa (been on them for 2 yrs & wanted to switch because of the sexual side effects too) before my appointment to switch to Pristiq and I suffered severe discontinuation symptoms for 2 wks before I was told by my psych dr thats what was happening to me (my primary dr who had prescribed the original 2 anti depressants to me had seen me when I was sick and said that it was just a virus and was very wrong) Going through discontinuation symptoms is horrible...one of the worst experiences that I have ever had and would not wish anyone to have to suffer through. But with that being said....... I hope you have luck with the Pristiq, It has definetly worked for me. Answered by Dani Hoppesch 3 months ago.
Pristiq withdrawals? (Organic chem/Pharmacists/Physicians/Pr... or Current Pristiq users)?
I am taking Pristiq 50mg once a day, and i have taken it for about a year. It really helps, however I've noticed that whenever I miss two doses I get these pulses of electrical current throughout my body and eventually I start to feel sick from it. I asked a pharmacist about it and he said I shouldn't be...
Asked by Corrine Huland 3 months ago.
I am taking Pristiq 50mg once a day, and i have taken it for about a year. It really helps, however I've noticed that whenever I miss two doses I get these pulses of electrical current throughout my body and eventually I start to feel sick from it. I asked a pharmacist about it and he said I shouldn't be getting any withdrawals from it as it is a low dose, but the only time I get these pulses is after I have missed two doses, so that is the only thing I have been able to narrow it down to. I also used to take Wellbutrin XL about 6 years ago, but stopped because my family said that I was forgetting things more than usual. This same thing happened after missing 2 doses of Wellbutrin XL except the pulses were more intense and I felt really really out of it. I looked at the molecular structures of both Pristiq and Wellbutrin XL (to see if there might be a similarity), but the only thing I could find was that they both have and amino on them (however one has a tert-butyl and the other just two methyl groups attached). Otherwise Wellbutrin is named as a ketone and Pristiq as an ROH, I would say that the benzene rings are similar, but one has a halide and the other has a hydroxyl group attached, which is a significant difference. I realize that Pristiq is new and that they really don't know a lot about the mechanism of antidepressants anyways; and that I am asking for a lot in regards to structure, but I really would appreciate any help that I could get, as this time I have only missed one dose and I am already starting to feel the pulsing of electrical current through my body. If I have to I will call and ask my doctor, but I like to try and research it myself if I can Any research article suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks for your time and input! Answered by Gussie Schnibbe 3 months ago.
Pristiq isn't as new as it looks. You've compared Pristiq and Wellbutrin's structures. Compare, instead, Pristiq to Effexor. Pristiq is O-Desmethylvenlafaxine, Effexor is Venlafaxine. Pristiq is essentially the same drug with the O-Me at the Ortho position on the benzene ring altered to an -OH group. In the body, Effexor is metabolized by CYP2D6 into Pristiq, essentially it is a prodrug. These two drugs have very similar properties - they are virtually identical in all but a very small number of cases (such as slow CYP2D6 metabolizers). What you are describing is known conventially as 'brain zaps', it's a phenomena associated with abrupt cessation of an antidepressant. It is more common with antidepressants that affect noradrenergic systems (Wellbutrin, Cymbalta and Effexor/Pristiq). Effexor is absolutely notorious for this effect, and is well recognized as the medication most likely to cause it. Drugs that are more pure in their actions against the serotonin systems, such as the SSRIs, can also cause it, but they have a significantly lower incidence of it. Pristiq's half life is 11 hours. So after missing two doses, you approach the 5 half life mark where it's generally agreed that for meaningful purposes, the drug is completely gone. These sensations are not harmful, physiologically, but they are extremely unpleasant. They can make stopping or changing medications problematic. Slow tapering of Effexor (and its identical twin Pristiq) is generally a good idea, and should ideally be cross-tapered with the medication you intend to replace it with. Wellbutrin is somewhat of an oddity. It has one of the absolute, hands down most complicated and migraine-inducing metabolisms of any drug on the market. If the medication works for you, it might be good to look into taking steps to make sure you don't miss doses (actually a good idea with any medication). Weekly pill-sorters, consistently taking the medication at the same time of the day - this is something your pharmacist can help you with. Answered by Lorena Sodano 3 months ago.
I recently changed from prozac to a snri. I was on the highest dost of prozac & had to wean off it over 2 weeks with a 3 day period at the end with nothing because prozac has a long half life. I would check with your pharmacist as they usually have more idea than drs themselves. Answered by Dagmar Deklerk 3 months ago.
Pristiq for depression?
My doctor recently put me on pristiq for depression. Has anyone else been prescribed this? Good results? And side effects? Thanks!
Asked by Perla Hellman 3 months ago.
Pristiq is basically Effexor, which has gone off patent. Effexor is converted to pristiq in your liver, so to get a new patent, the drug company just did it for you so your liver doesn't have to bother. If you have to pay extra for pristiq, take effexor instead. It did not help me, and it caused severe sexual side effects (could not orgasm). I don't remember any other side effects, offhand. A lot of drugs don't work for me, so don't let that get you down - give it a try for the 3 weeks or so it takes these drugs to kick in. Answered by Carline Gucman 3 months ago.
i've got have been given never heard of that. what type of medicine is it? i've got have been given been taking drugs contained in an identical group as Prozac (Paxil is probable one among those) and not something seems to artwork. The stuff i'm on actual now leaves me actual on the fringe of rigidity assaults and melancholy so as that's now no longer very useful yet i've got no longer been waiting to get off it simply by fact of reality even the medical docs admit that that's amazingly addictive. I neglected taking it for 2 days as quickly as, and by way of the 0.33 i grew to grow to be a screaming mess. Answered by Tennie Diers 3 months ago.
It's a great medication, but it is generally dispensed for anxiety vs depression. Answered by Florida Tehney 3 months ago.
Pristiq and Concentration
Can Pristiq be used to treat non-depression issues, such as lack of concentration? Or is it mainly just for depression? I searched online and only found one or two places where they say it helps to treat that, but otherwise, the majority of places say that it is for depression and anxiety.
Asked by Duncan Kupiec 3 months ago.
pristiq is brand new on the market for treatment of depression..the chemical compound isnt so new. Wyeth (the drug company) has taken the active metabolite from their well-known venlafaxine (effexor-XR) and bottled-it up into "pristiq".. I work in this business, FDA approved it for treatment of depression...reasonable your depression could affect your ability to concentrate. ANY anti-depressant could help your ability to pay attention. I would encourage you to read up on pristiq, Im sure they have a webpage and read the expected effects and possible side effects before you chose to ask your provider for a Rx. Look into venlafaxine as well--since this is where they got the chemical compound from. Answered by Coretta Mctiernan 3 months ago.
Not sure about Pristiq, but I was in a car accident a few years ago and suffered a brain injury. I got better, but my concentration was terrible! The doc put me on Provigil and it was amazing! It worked fast too! Check into that. Answered by Luis Burnaman 3 months ago.
Pristiq & pregnancy? safe? help...?
Has anyone taken pristiq during pregnancy? It's like effexor, an antidepressent and anti anxiety pill. My wife was prescribed 50mg which is the lowest amount after we got very bad news about her father. naturally, we are afraid of taking any type of drug at 11 weeks but with 3 docs saying its okay we might,...
Asked by Dominique Klevene 3 months ago.
Has anyone taken pristiq during pregnancy? It's like effexor, an antidepressent and anti anxiety pill. My wife was prescribed 50mg which is the lowest amount after we got very bad news about her father. naturally, we are afraid of taking any type of drug at 11 weeks but with 3 docs saying its okay we might, but thought it prudent to ask... Answered by Teressa Billus 3 months ago.
DA being pregnant classification C. This medicine could be risky to an unborn toddler, and would desire to reason addiction or withdrawal indications in a newborn. tell your well-being care expert in case you're pregnant or plan to grow to be pregnant for the period of scientific care. Vicodin can pass into breast milk and would harm a nursing toddler. do no longer use this medicine with out telling your well-being care expert in case you're breast-feeding a toddler. do no longer provide this medicine to everybody youthful than 18 years old. Older adults could be extra gentle to the effect of this medicine. Answered by Edra Fambrough 3 months ago.
Side effect of Pristiq?
Hi, just curious to see if anyone's had the same experience as me.A few weeks ago, my prescriber switched my medications because she thought that the one I was on wasn't as effective as it used to be. I switched from taking 20 mg Lexapro once a day (was on it for about a year, varying doses between...
Asked by Tandy Ruple 3 months ago.
Hi, just curious to see if anyone's had the same experience as me. A few weeks ago, my prescriber switched my medications because she thought that the one I was on wasn't as effective as it used to be. I switched from taking 20 mg Lexapro once a day (was on it for about a year, varying doses between 10mg-20mg, but mostly 20) to Pristiq 50 mg once daily. Anyways, I took the Pristiq for three weeks as a trial run, and at about the beginning of the third week I started to feel constantly nauseous and had extreme vertigo that lasted abouut 5 days until I called my prescriber and she told me to immediately stop taking the Pristiq. Has anyone else experienced a similar reaction to the Pristiq? What are your opinions on it in general (for treatment of major depression)? Thanks! Answered by Myrta Meisels 3 months ago.
Hi Brooke, I too recently experienced nausea and vertigo while taking Pristiq. And today, I suffered some pretty severe withdrawal symptoms as well. Thankfully, I very quickly alleviated the withdrawal symptoms by taking a Prozac, which I had read 3 years ago was a good "buffer" drug to wean oneself off of Celexa, which I took for 2 months in 2005. As I recall, Celexa, Pristiq and Effexor are in the same class of drugs. I'm not a doctor, but I thought I'd share my experience with you in case it's of any help or at the very least a consolation so you know you're not alone. Here's my story. In general, I enjoyed my experience taking Prisiq; I did not even experience negative side effects. I tried it on recommendation of a friend who was raving about it. I figured, what the heck, I'm doing fine on my low dose of Wellbutrin (100 mg / day), but with the holidays coming up, maybe I'll switch and try Pristiq. I didn't notice a huge difference in my general mood from the Wellbutrin, but a little more energy and a little less anxiety, which was nice. For six weeks, I had been taking sample tablets of Pristiq I received from my doctor. I have an appointment to see him again tomorrow, so when my samples ran out on two days ago, I figured I'd wait and get more from him instead of paying to fill my prescription. Well, in my case, that was a big mistake. For the past couple days I've been feeling really off -- nausea, head cold -- I figured it was the flu. But today, I found myself struck by a bizarre, unexplainable panoply of symptoms, the likes of which I hadn't experienced since my Celexa withdrawal. The symptoms included: dizziness, nausea (but not food-related); disorientation; hypersensitivity; balancing issues; severe, uncharacteristic irritability; light and noise sensitivity; feelings of a migraine onset without the accompanying headache; shakiness and weakness in my arms and legs; and an intermittent humming sound in my ears. For 2 hours, my husband and I were baffled at my state of dis-ease. Finally I remembered having a similar experience with Celexa. Thankfully, when I had the Celexa problem, I discovered an internet posting from some kind soul who said that Prozac was a good buffer drug for getting off Celexa. According to her post, Prozac does not have withdrawal side effects. I followed the advice and the side effects of the Celexa alleviated within 20 minutes. Flash forward to today... An hour ago, I took a generic Prozac, which is called fluoxetine, (dug one up from an ancient bottle in the back of my medicine cabinet), and I feel FINE now, better than I've felt in days. Thank God. I'll take one tomorrow night and the next night, and God willing, I'll be successfully off this drug. I prefer not be on a drug that would cause this kind of severe withdrawal. If you're experiencing similar symptoms, I highly recommend the Prozac remedy -- provided your doctor agrees, of course. Lastly, of course you and I might not have the same brain chemistry, but I'd invite you to consider asking your doctor about bupropion, the generic version of Wellbutrin, which I had been taking for the past year to alleviate anxiety and stress at a very low dose (100 mg / day). FYI, I don't suffer from major depression as you mentioned in your post, but on-again, off-again mild general depression and some anxiety, probably from my work, which can be stressful. Sometimes I'll take anti-depressant/anxiety drugs, and sometimes I'll go for years without taking them. Bupropion is a very old, time-tested drug, unlike Lexapro and Pristiq. Bupropion has few side effects, no known significant long-term side effects and no withdrawal symptoms that I've heard of. More than one older, more experienced health or mental health professional has recommended it to me and my friends. Since it's available in generic form, it's very affordable. It's not always prescribed so much anymore because there is no pharmaceutical company offering free samples and other perks to doctors since its patent expired and it became generic. There is a new time-release version, but it caused me to have insomnia, so I prefer the older non-time release generic version (plus it's only $10 / month!). My friends and I also enjoy an occasional klonazepam (.5 mg orally disintegrating tablet) to take the edge off if we're really anxious about a work problem or deadline. These are drugs our doctors have prescribed to us on and off. They may or may not be appropriate for you, but I thought I'd bring them up in case you thought you might like to ask your doctor about them. Best of luck to you, Brooke! Sometimes stressed out science journalist / TV writer in LA Answered by Senaida Lapinta 3 months ago.
Pristiq Side Effects Answered by Robbie Simes 3 months ago.
Unfortunately everyone's body and brain chemistry are different, being male or female also brings differences. It sounds more like you were having withdrawal symptoms from the Lexapro, you should have been slowly weaned off of the Lexapro over a period of months instead of just stopping cold. Answered by Christiana Mccracker 3 months ago.