New to Cymbalta: Looking for Advice

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I just started taking Cymbalta about about a week ago, and although I feel much less anxious and depressed, I am having some uncomfortable side effects: nausea, dizziness, and headaches to name a few. The biggest change I is that I feel quite calm and centered, even when surrounded by stress (I have a very stressful job), but I also feel VERY out of it. I'm normally a very focused and organized person, but all week I've been feeling like a bit of a zombie - often walking into rooms and forgetting why I went in, misplacing my keys and wallet, etc. This morning, I headed off to work in my car and, for several seconds, had no idea where I was or needed to go. It is all very odd and scary.

Has anyone had a similar experience with Cymbalta? If so, did things get better or worse? I hear this stuff is very hard to get off of, so I don't want to keep taking it if this forgetfulness is going to stick around or even get worse.

Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kwlom,

I am not really familiar with cymbalta, but if this is a side effect, it should go away. It usually takes four to six weeks for a medication like this to get to it's full effect. But the side effects should go away, I think, in a couple of weeks. So try to wait it out. If they get too bad, I would talk to your doctor who prescribed the medication.

Welcome to HealingWell. I see that this is your first post. I am glad that you have joined us. We have had many threads on cymbalta, you might want to go back to some old posts and read them.

I think you will like it here, we have some wonderful members on the board. Everybody is kind and compassionate. They always try to put themselves in your shoes when they give advice.

Take care, stay with us.

Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Kwlom.

Welcome to Healing Well.  I have been on Cymbalta for about two years now and it has made a big difference in my life.  Like you, I experienced side effects probably for the first two weeks.  I felt nauseous, light-headed, had some headaches and was a little bit shakey.  I also noticed that I got tired a little easier.  But as time went on, these symptoms started to disappear.  After about 2 weeks I was no longer nauseous, and after about a month my headaches went away.  However, I can honestly say I never felt like a zombie.  And as for the forgetfulness, the Cymbalta made it better.  I have noticed that whenever my depression gets worse I have trouble remembering things.

Typically it takes about 4-6 weeks for your body to become accustomed to medication.  However, if you still feel uncomfortable or fearful of the side effects you could always check in with your prescriber again.

Good luck and keep checking in if you need more help or just need to chat!


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   Posted 2/27/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and I do hope we can meet your needs.  You will find the members warm and caring.

As far as Cymbalta, I have been on it for about 1 1/2 years.  I am weaning off of it as I want to try to be med free for awhile and see how I do.  I have not had a lot of luck with any of the AD's (SSRIs or SSNIs) the last 3 years but before that I did very well on  AD's.

I will hope this med works well for you and yes it does take 4-6 weeks to get to the full therapuetic effect so do be patient.

Keep talking with us as we are all here for you.

Again a warm welcome.



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