Cymbalta Question

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   Posted 12/18/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm feeling a little better lately on the Cymbalta, I've really been able to focus and do things that I wasn't able to prior to starting the medication.  I was in a really bad way before I started on the antidepressent, I was shaking/trembling/racing thoughts/unable to sleep/you name it.  Glad to say a lot of that has passed now for me.
One of the issues that I still do have though is that I'm REALLY hungry lately.  Been feeling like I have to eat a lot lately for some reason, and find it really hard to feel full.  Could that be the Cymbalta?  I know some people say these antidepressents can cause weight gain.  Did they mean weight gain from eating the normal amount?  Or that they often increase your appetite?

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   Posted 12/18/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I found that I had increased appetite while I was on Cymbalta.
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   Posted 12/18/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike,
I just looked in my pill book and it says loss of apetite and weight loss, but yet I have read where so many people gained weight and had increased appetite.  So I guess people react differently to cymbalta.
I would use healthy food choices if it is making your appetite increase, maybe fruits and vegetables.  Stuff that wont make you gain weight.  Also maybe your appetite is increasing because you feel better.  This makes me want to eat an apple.  I have been eating like a pig for two days, don't know why, maybe it is a storm moving in. lol...
I am glad that the cymbalta is working well for you.  I know that it is hard to wait for a medication to reach it's full effect, but it sounds like it was worth it to me.  You sound a lot better in your last few posts.  I am happy for you.
Keep up the good work.
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   Posted 12/20/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
me mike, a healthy appetite, of which is good, esp with being a type 1 diabetic. i eat when hungry and or when my sugars are getting low, however i seem to be more on a regular routine with the cymbalta. we need to eat smaller meals but a few more than the norm. metabalism seems much better on this than the pristiq and heaps better than the effexor!! i got the munchies on effexor. as karen says, we are all different. glad you are picking up.
cheers, jamie

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