Need help with symptoms from switching antidepressants

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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was put on 60 mg of Cymbalta for postpartum depression about 15 mths ago. I hate the side effects so dr switched me to Lexapro which I have taken before but the transition is killing me. I went down to 30 mg.Cymbalta first for 2 weeks then went to 20 mg of Lexapro. I feel so sick-dizzy and completely nauseas! I can't feel like this since I have a toddler to care for. I feel awful!!!!!
Please help on what I can do to lessen these side effects. Does anyone know what is causing this because Lexapro has never given me these side effects? Thanks so much!!! 

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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Krissy,

Welcome to the HealingWell depression forum. I am so glad that you have joined us. You have come to a wonderful place. I, myself, have not taken cymbalta, but I understand that going off of it is hard. You have to go really slow. I think that the best thing to do would be to call your doctor and let him/her know that you are having a rough time with the transaction. He may want to wean you slower. At least let him know what is going on. Also your concerns with having a child to care for.

Hopefully it wont take too long for your other medication to kick in. I switched from effexor to pristiq and it went rather smoothly, but they are so much alike that it didn't become a problem. I have gone off of effexor before and I had the same symptoms as you did. It was horrible. I ended up going back on it. Then finally in the past months went off. But I had gained a lot of weight from it. I lost 8 pounds since going off. I am glad.

Keep us posted with what is going on, there is usually somebody close by to chat with.

Take care.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 2/27/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much! I still don't feel well cry  Do you know if Cymbalta comes in lower does than 30 mg. because you can't cut the capsule in half so I don't know what I am going to do. Hopefully someone who sees my post might know. Also prestiq is a new antidepressant right? Is in a SSNI like Effexor and Cymbalta? Thanks for the welcome!

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   Posted 2/27/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
pristiq is a derivative of effexor, just less sedating. i am on cymbalta, 120mg. i only am aware of 30mg tabs and 60mg. keep talkin' with your doc. healing compassion 2 u. jamie.

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