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tiredofthis
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   Posted 7/26/2005 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  has anyone been on cymbalta.if so can you tell me anything about it

MaWie
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   Posted 7/26/2005 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
I've been taking cymbalta for a couple of months now. What do you want to know about it specifically?
-MaWie

John316
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   Posted 7/30/2005 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
t.o.t.....Well, Ive been on Cymbalta now for 2 weeks and it seems ok....I am "treatment resistant"......oh great....Heres what I mean....I have Social Anxiety Disorder.....this has been easily treated by just about every drug I have taken...(except Wellbutrin...more on that later)...ok fine....but I have this nagging depression that never goes away...I have always been an emotional, excitable, full of life, like really into things, type of person...now, everything is gray, dull, lifeless...nothing excites me....so I go from med to med trying to find the right one or combo that will do the trick....well I was on Lexapro and Wellbutrin and my anxiety was so bad I had to stop the Wellbutrin...made me jumpy...I hate that...so anyway my p-doc says that he wants to switch me off the Lex and on to Cymbalta...so I figure...what the heck....I really was not feeling the breakthrough on depression that I desire so much...now it has been 2 weeks and I must say that I find myself occasionally getting excited about things again....I play guitar and Im really into it now...Im a Christian so Im starting to get excited about God again...my motivation is a little low but that is because Im on a small dose of Klonopin...like 1 or 2 mg a day usually at night...I started that because the Wellbutrin really made me not feel good...Ill be weaning off that in a week or two so I expect the Cymbalta to have an even better effect....Im always leary though because I have been fooled by meds before but I think this one might be the one....anyway I must be feeling better, I dont usually ramble like this but we do have something in common so if you ever want to chat, feel free to e-mail me...Id be interested in what the med is doing for you...ok, bye.....In Christ, John

Post Edited (John316) : 7/30/2005 6:53:53 PM (GMT-6)


Cloudy30
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   Posted 7/30/2005 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am actually in the process of weaning off effexor (which gave me a few headaches and nausea) and adding on cymbalta and so far everthing is going okay. 
 
I am also taking other medication with it because I like many have had a hard time finding the right mix too.  So far so good.  One day at a time right   

Cloudy30
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   Posted 8/14/2005 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
A couple of weeks ago I was weening myself off Effexor and getting on Cymbalta and I wanted to update my progress and see if anyone else had any input etc.
 
Getting off effexor proved to be a bit of a challenge but once I was off of it, I found that Cymbalta worked really well for me.  I am also taking wellbutrin with it as well and if Cymbalta continues to work well my psychiatrist is thinking about taking me slowly off the Wellbutrin.
 
Now for the night drugs I take.  She told me if I didn't need seroquel to sleep I didn't need to take it. I am trying to find remedies for that but I haven't quite yet if any one has suggestions that would be great.
 
I love the idea of not taking as much medicine and it is also cheaper!

John316
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   Posted 8/18/2005 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Cloudy 30....A lot has happened since my last post...the Cymbalta wasnt breaking through as I had hoped....I have now tried every SSRI/SSNRI except 1....Zoloft...I dont see the point at this stage....anyway my p-doc put my on Lamictal and Seroqeul as a possible stepping stone to Parnate...still with me? ha-ha........well....I am much better!...it looks as if the Lamictal has broken through the depression "wall"...and the Seroquel was just too much...slept great but felt drunk the next day...on Trazodone now and it is much better...just curious....as far as I know you can switch from 1 SSRI to another without weaning...I guess it doesnt matter now though...to sum it all up...Wellbutrin was n/g made me too anxious...Cymbalta was great except I just couldnt get motivated to do anything....I suggest Trazodone over Seroquel.....Lamactil broke through the motivation "wall"......I am treatment resistant...loks like to SSRIs anyway....Lamictal working good.....heres the funny thing.....I am really being treated for Social Anxiety Disorder but that is NOT treatment resistant....and is more like just a phobia in 1 or 2 situations....but the depression hangs in there...doing great on Lamictal....Cymbalta is a good med!.....at work...gotta go....In Christ, John

loquaciousnjguy
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   Posted 8/20/2005 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started taking Cymbalta on Thursday (3 doses to date) and it has made me somewhat drowsy. I do feel some of the edginess has been alleviated, but it's too early to tell. At work I felt a small bit addled, but not to the point of not being able to function.

From what I've read so far it takes a few weeks, as do most antidepressants due to their short half-life, to really take proper effect, so I will try to remain patient.

John, it sounds like you suffer from Dysthymia, which is a low-grade pervasive and chronic form of depression. It differs a little from Major Depression in that it's not an acute smack-you-in-the-back-of-the-head kind of depression. It's insidious and sneaky, and it just seems to stick to you like - pardon the pun - crazy glue.

xhalo6x
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   Posted 8/20/2005 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i started on cymbalta a few weeks ago.  i started at 30mg and then went up to 60mg and all i felt for a while was nauseous.  then i seemed to get used to it, and had a constant headache on the 60, so my doctor switched me back to 30, and i seem to be doing ok on it. 
 
my only issue with it is that it's new and hasn't been tested on pregnant women.  if anyone knows of any good alternatives that have been tested, i'm open for suggestions.  
 

Cloudy30
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   Posted 8/23/2005 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Isn't amazing that everyone has different chemistry?  I had tried Lamictal and got the rash. The doc took me off of it immediately. 
 I am not taking Cymbalta alone either.  Cymbalta actually totally helped me with my energy.  Its the best I felt in a long time
 
Currently I am taking Cymbalta and Wellbutrin during the day and Topomax and seroquel at night. To me it seems like my own pharmacey store but I have to be open to different treatments.
 
Also I used to take Effexor as well but I wheaned off of it because Cymbalta seemed to work well enough.  The psychiatrist and I are talking about wheening off of Wellbutrin slowly as well. 
 
The Topomax is a moodstabilizer and for hard to treat depression they often recommend it.  I was a little hesitant at first but its working.
 
Its good to hear what other combinations there are out there.  Thanks for all of the updates.

Ursula
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   Posted 8/27/2005 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on Cymbalta (30mg for the first week) yesteday and I got no sleep at all last night and felt pretty awful all day (nausea, sore throat). Does anyone know how long these symptoms last or if they never go away? I was taking Wellbutrin at the beginning of the year and felt wonderful, but then my hair started dropping out. I was hoping that Cymbalta would be like Wellbutrin but without the hairloss.

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 8/27/2005 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Ursula!!

I'm glad you found us, but I haven't taken Cymbalta, so I don't have any advice for you. With many drugs, the side affects subside between a few days and a couple weeks.

Keep us posted!

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betsyrockett
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   Posted 8/29/2005 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ursula,
I'm new here, but pretty familiar with Cymbalta. I've been on it for almost a year for my ongoing, severe depression and at first I seemed to have some highs and lows but just a few months ago a friend asked me how 'the whole depression thing' is going. I stopped and thought how I haven't even really thought about it because I wasn't feeling bad!! I realized I've been stable for quite sometime now!

As for how I felt when starting it - I recall it being horrible for the first week, but I've felt this with most SSRI's I've been on, so I assume it's the SSRI part of Cymbalta causing the problems. Regardless, within a week or two I felt pretty darn nice.

I hope it works out well for you! Keep me updated!

luvmdo
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   Posted 8/30/2005 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all!  I tried Cymbalta for about 6 weeks.  It caused weight loss for me yeah !  Whoo hoo!  I needed that!  So I loved that part of it!  It also seemed to help with the depression somewhat.  My only complaint was that it caused me to have night sweats like a menopausal woman!  It was awful.  I was having EXTREMELY VIVID dreams, and waking up sopping wet!  The dreams weren't always bad, either, just very vivid. 
 
I've been off the Cymbalta for about 6-8 months now and have tried doing without anything, but I don't like me much anymore!  I am going to see a psychiatrist on the 7th, and I am going to ask her about possibly trying the Cymbalta again, since I know what I am in for this time.  I think it may be worth the sheet laundering.  I have tried about every other depression med out there.  Prozac made me meaner than a rattle snake, Paxil was great, but killed the sex drive and caused weight gain, Wellbutrin worked for a while, but then quit working, and Zoloft, Effexor, Lexapro, those all helped a tiny bit, but caused such weight problems that it wasn't worth it to me.  So, here we go again.  I wonder sometimes if we will ever figure out the right thing for me!  But anyway, if asked, I would say, for ME ONLY, I am pro Cymbalta - the benefits outweighed the side effects, I think. 
 
Has anyone else here had the dream / nightsweats thing with the Cymbalta or other anti-depressants? 
 
God bless!

confusednuros
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   Posted 8/31/2005 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad to have found this site! A wealth of information seems to be available from those who know the in's and out's of antidepressants better than anyone... people who need and use them. Seems the doctors don't know as much as they should.

I started off taking Serzone 10 years ago or so. Worked great. Loved it. Then it started causing liver problems and I believe was finally pulled off the market. My doctor wouldn't let me take it anymore and put me on Lexapro. Was on that for a year. Gained 60 lbs. and felt pretty sluggish and out of it most of the time. I requested something without the weight gain side effect and was put on Wellbutrin XL about a month ago. Worked fine for the first 2 weeks at 150 mg. Then I noticed I was starting to feel that familiar depression feeling again so I went up to 300mg a day. Big mistake. I have turned into a BIT*H. I can't believe the anger and feelings of hostility I have! So.. called the Dr. and am now going to switch to Cymbalta. Thing is the dr. didn't give me any idea of HOW to do this. Just threw the samples at me and said to switch.

My question for those of you who have made this particular switch... how did you do it and how is the Cymbalta for you compaired to the Wellbutrin XL?

I've taken 150 mg of Wellbutrin for the past two days and am considering just stopping it cold and going on the Cymbalta at 30mg in the morning.

Suggestions ???
 
 
By the way luvmdo.. I had the night sweats while on the Lexapro.  It was awful. 
 
On the wellbutrin I have lost 20 of the 60 lbs I gained.  I'm just a raving bit*h!
 
 
 

ShariSam
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   Posted 8/31/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has been on Cymbalta for about 4 months now. She is 18 and we have both noticed a complete change in her personality. She has become incredibly self-centered and literally cannot relate to anything that isn't about her. Some may say that's normal for a teenager, and yes, she has had times of being that way in the past, but this is beyond normal. Other people in the family have noticed as well. Has anyone else experienced this kind of side effect and if so, what did you do? I am planning to speak to her doctor, as she has recently begun college several hours away, but wondered if any of you could give any insight to this particular side effect. Thanks.....

luvmdo
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   Posted 9/1/2005 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Confused - just thought I would let you know that my husband is THE MOST LAID BACK PERSON I KNOW - BUT.... the dr. put him on wellbutrin a couple of years ago to help him stop smoking, and all of a sudden - BAM - agitated, mean, horrible, not even the same person at all!  I had to stop taking wellbutrin to start on cymbalta.  I went back down to the next lower dose for a week, then the next lower for a week, then started taking it every other day for about a week or so, then quit.  Then I gave my body a couple of weeks for it to completely clear out before starting on the lowest dose of the Cymbalta.  I don't know if that helps any or not.  If you only have one doseage of the Wellbutrin, I would ask my doc for samples of the 150 mg to wean myself off.  I myself am absolutely against going off any anti-depressant cold turkey.  I've tried it, and the general side effects like dizziness made me crazy, not to mention the mood swings, ect.  Best of luck!  Let us know how you like the Cymbalta!
 
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watercolour
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   Posted 9/6/2005 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Hi!   I'm new to the forum.  Haven't figured out how to make the type bigger for those who have trouble reading smaller type.  Sorry.
Anyway,  I asked my dr. for Cymbalta not only because I have depression but because it is supposed to be a new treatment for periphial neuropathy which is so very painful.  I have many chronic illnesses, someday will go into them but not now.
I've had trouble with so many anti-depressants.  I now take Trazadone to help me sleep (I have fibromyalgia).   It does nothing for me as an anti-depressant.  I also take Luvox.   It doesn't seem to work very well but I don't have side effects from it except possibly it also helps me sleep (I take it at night only).  I get cardiac symptoms from many antidepressants.  Have ended up in the ER twice from two different ones.   Was wondering if anyone has had fast or irregular heartbeats from Cymbalta ?????   I will be starting it the day after tomorrow.   Going off the Luvox but staying on my regular medication for neuropathy for now and maybe can wean down from it.   It'd be great if I could replace two drugs with one but trying not to get my hopes up.
Thanks for listening.  This looks to be a great forum from reading the posts.
Oh, I thought luvmdo's post was interesting.  My husband was on Prozac only and still depressed and having difficulty sleeping.  The dr. put him on Wellbutrin also and he has been agitated and mean at times, not much like himself, and still has trouble sleeping.  Hmmm.
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tapdancer
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   Posted 6/27/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am switching from Effexor XR 300mg to Cymbalta 30 mg.  I got down to 37.5 mg of Effexor (this has been a nightmare going off Effexor).  After 4 days on the 37.5 I switched cold turkey over to 30mg Cymbalta - Dr. Orders.  The first couple of days were not too bad, I am on day 3.  Today I have been crying alot, anxious, irritable.  Any insight would be appreciated.  Is this withdrawl from the Effexor still or a Cymbalta thing.  How long will it last?  I had an accident and haven't been able to work for a few years due to pain, depression and anxiety.
 
Thanks

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   Posted 6/28/2007 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tapdancer and Welcome to HealingWell! yeah
 
I dont know much about Cymbalta im afraid but this is a link to another thread which you might want to keep an eye on. http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=19&m=848442 Jonny is another member who is in the process of switching to Cymbalta. I would expect it to take a couple of weeks at least for the meds to settle down in your system before you start feeling the real effect since this is standard to most AD's.
 
I hope this helps and I hope you find all the support and love that you need here at HW!
 
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Rainn
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   Posted 6/28/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I know that I am new here and all, I was reading this particular area without registering and felt compelled to tell my story, so I registered on your site and found this area first.  If you don't mind, I would like to tell you my experience with Cymbalta before I check out the rest of your seemingly nice forum here.
 
I had a car accident in Jan. 05.  I was making a left hand turn onto the road that I live on.  The driver who hit me decided that he was going to pass me about the same time that I made the turn.  I was hit so hard that I never saw where my door window went to and I had to be cut from the vehicle that I was in.
 
I had hit my head on the door frame, taking 10 staples in my head.  I suffered from two bulging discs in my back and had severe nerve damage done to my shoulder.  I was also diagnosed with post concussion syndrome and had suffered from short term memory loss, knowing in my mind what I wanted to say but couldn't get it to come out at times which was extremely frustrating.
 
Anyway, I started taking pain pills for my back and all too quickly I got to the point where I was taking too many.  Long story short, when I made up my mind to just stop taking pain medication, after the w/d's were gone, the pain settled back in and a depresssion followed like nothing that I had ever experienced before in my life.
 
I didn't clean house, I didn't cook, and I didn't want to go anywhere.  All I wanted to do was lay on the couch and stare at the television.  I couldn't tell you what was on it, because I really wasn't watching.  All I did was stare at it and thinking depressing thoughts.  This went on for days.  My darling husband went out and bought me a much desired laptop that I had been dreaming of for a couple of years.  It sat in the box for weeks.  I just wasn't interested in anything.
 
Finally, I went to see my pcp and told her how I was feeling.  She put me on celexia.  A week later, I went back to her office telling her how horrible that this medication was making me feel.  I felt like I was all disconnected from my own body.  I was attempting to get up and around but I always felt that I was walking around in a fog and it was like I was watching myself struggling to get around.  I was moving but would wonder how since I felt that I wasn't exactly in my own body.  I don't know really how to explain it but if any of you have ever had that disconnected feeling then you will understand.
 
Anyway, I went back and my doctor changed my medication.  She started me off on Cymbalta 30 mg. for a week and then gave me another prescription for 60mg of Cymbalta to be taken once daily in the mornings.  Within a few days, I felt wonderful.  It took a little while for me to return to full capacity from where I was so out of shape from just laying around for a couple of years but it wasn't long until I returned to normal.
 
After about 6 months, I plateaued on it and have days that I really want to just do nothing again, but those are the days that I have to force myself not to go back into those dark lonely days of hell.  I have taken on new hobbies, and find things to entertain myself with on the days that I feel this way.  I asked my doctor if there was anything that could be done and was told that the 60 mg was the highest dosage that Cymbalta recommends a day.  So, I just deal with it.  The bottom line is, that at least I am up and around now and I do feel a whole lot better than I did a few months ago.  Life is much better than it was. 
 
Cymbalta was a life-saver for me.  Apparently like any other medication it works well for some and not for others, but I think that you owe yourself the chance to see if it will before you just dismiss it.  All medication is trial and error until doctors find what works for you so at least take a chance to see if it will work out for you.  I'm glad that I did.
 

tapdancer
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   Posted 6/28/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your your story.  We're you able to return to work?
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