Cymbalta 120/180mg

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Twopeople
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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I have been on Cymbalta for the past 3-4 months. I mostly take 120mg but when I feel myself slipping (about every 3 weeks) I increase the dose to 180mg for 1-2 weeks. This seems to kick in and works quickly. This is on the advice of my psychiatrist. I would have hoped to have stabilised on 120mg at this stage. Has anyone else experienced this roller-coaster.
Thanks for listening
Two People

faithfully4you
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Two People~
Welcome to our forum.  It is here where you will truly find comfort and great advice from people that truly care about you.
 
I took Cymbalta for awhile but unfortunately it didn't work well for me.  I am not sure of the type of depression or to what degree it is but I have had depression for over 20 years.  I have been on ver 40 different meds including Lithium way back when I was diagnosed in 1986.
 
Here I am all these years later and I am on Lithium again.  At first I felt hopeless like my mental health stabilization was going full circle with no great repreave and I thought for a while that it was hopeless.
 
I am treatment-resistant and have done the med route and ECT and VNS, I still fight everyday.
 
Therefore, to get  me stabilized there is a great amount of trial and error for me.
 
Currently I am doing ok where my depression is in check and I feel able to function more than I have for several years.   My doctor has me on several meds but there is a combination of 2 that have been shown to be 80% effective for major edpression.
 
It is Lithium and lamictal.  It has helped me, ask your doctor about it.
 
Hope this helps
Teresa
 
 
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results 
 


getting by
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   Posted 2/11/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Teresa,

Is the VNS for vagus nerve? They are talking about using that for fibromyalgia too. What is it like?

hugs,
Karen
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


faithfully4you
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   Posted 2/12/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gettingby~
Yes it is a vagus nerve stimulator.  I have had mine for about a year and a half.  To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it and how effective it is.  It is hard to explain what it feels like.  It feels different all the time.  The biggest thing I have noticed is that when it goes off, I still have a choking sensation and it is pretty uncomfortable sometimes.  There is a website called VNStherapy which you can get more information.
 
Hope this helps
Teresa
 
 
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results 
 
 " Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."
English proverb
 
 If I could have one wish, it would just be this, I could take you to my soul and show you all the love there is."
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getting by
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Teresa,
I remember reading about it in a magazine, it was being used for treatment resistant depression and they were looking for people to try it on for fibromyalgia. The fibro treatment was free at the time of the study. But you had to live close by to do it and I think it was in New Jersey. I hope that it works for all.

hugs,
Karen
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies

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