Gave in and started on Cymbalta..does anyone have flushing?

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Rianna
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   Posted 9/10/2005 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on Cymbalta three days ago and it has been rough going.  Pretty much have been laying on the couch trying to deal with side effects.  Today, I started to feel better and the depression lifted!  For such a tiny little capsule, this is a pretty good drug!  The only thing is that my hands and feet sweat and my hands feel itchy - I am on the extended release tablets.  I am also flushing on my face, neck and chest.  I also feel tired and have been sleeping a lot..but can't sleep at night.  My Doctor said to take it in the morning instead.  Does anyone else have this side effects..does it go away in time? Thanks for listening!

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   Posted 9/11/2005 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I took Zoloft for years. When I got off it, I was left with the most horrible, debilitating case of flushing/blushing that continues to get worse and won't go away (not even with surgery). For Cymbalta specifically, night sweats are common, and hyperhidrosis is also a potential side effect.

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   Posted 9/15/2005 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there - I started on Cymbalta yesterday and have the same effects as you.  I did not sleep one wink last night (took it about noon yesterday) and I have a "buzzing" or numb/flush feeling.  I am totally nauseous and haven't eaten since I took it!  I hate it so far.  I called my dr office and nurse said to ride it out and call back in 2 WEEKS!  I am spending way too much time reading up on it on the net and getting scared about it's effects.  The packaging said to take it at night so I will try tonight before bed to see if it will make me sleep.  If I lose another night sleep I will be pissed cuz I have three kiddos to take care of.  TIA
Keep me posted on your progress :-)

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   Posted 9/15/2005 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried Cymbalta but had a very bad reaction to it - first came the horrible gastro-intestinal pain, then diarrhea, vomiting and hives. I had such high hopes for being on it too to help with pain as well as depression.  But I had to come off it immediately.  And yes, I had face flushing and itching too.
 
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   Posted 9/18/2005 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the flushing as you dscribed too. I remember when I first took it I could not sleep for the first couple of nightsand was SO tired. Then all of that changed and I was able to get sleep at night and be alert in the daytime.

I would check all of the posts on Cymbalta and if things continue to get worse, like the eating problems then I would call the DR. BEFORE the 2 weeks are up.

What Cymbalta did do for me was to allow me to think clearly for the first time in years! My family noticed that my personality was back to normal before I was having a bi-polar problem. I have many interests now.
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   Posted 10/7/2005 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Cymbalta since it was first FDA approved. It helped my mood swings, but lost all sexual desire and ability to care (couldn't even cry at the saddest movie) Then I wanted to stop smoking...what the dr. didn't tell me is that smoking decreases the way cymbalta acts in your body.......so when I quit it was like an instant cymbalta dosage change.....irritabilty, hostilaty, and very aggressive. This scared the crap out of me. I went to the Dr. and he told me to stop the drug and wanted my to start welbutrin..(the same thing as zyban, the stop smoking drug) My dr. didn't tell me to taper myself off cymbalta, i quit cold turkey and am going crazy! brain zaps and numbness in my hands and lips for the last 5 days. I told my husband to help me with the children because i feel i can;t control my actions when it comes to losing my temper and violence. God knows i love them. this drug and it's withdrawl symptoms are crazy...Please be cautious when taking it. I feel like i should leave the house until my withdrawls go away so i don't hurt anyone.
Wish me luck that this al works out.

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   Posted 10/7/2005 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter is on cymbalta now, so I've been looking ahead to when she comes off it.

One person said the doctor prescribed xanax (don't know if it was the newer long lasting or old) for the withdrawal period and that it worked perfectly. Another said that stretching the time between doses worked.

The MSDS says the pellets are extremely corrosive to eyes and the throat, so don't try splitting the capsules.

Does anyone know the range of time withdrawal takes? I haven't found that anywhere.

bev

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   Posted 10/7/2005 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Xanax is used to help with starting or withdrawing from an anti-depressant however xanax can cause withdrawals as well so you should do your homework and work well with her and her doctor.
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   Posted 10/7/2005 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I should have said the doctor is critical too. We just happen to have a really great one, who's easy to talk to and knowledgeable, so I didn't think about it.

bev

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   Posted 10/7/2005 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Bev,
I just wanted to let you know that I'm sorry if I scared you about it... that wasn't my intention at all. It took my doctor a very long time to put me on a benzo (I am on xanax xr) because he wanted to try everything else first. He is really conservative when it comes to these meds. I am already up to 150mg of Zoloft which is extremely higher than the average dosage and although it is really good for my depression, it wasn't doing much for my anxiety so my doctor finally said that I should go on xanax and I was put on the med. I have read a lot about it and the withdrawals off it scare me so I will be really following the docs orders closely if and when its time to come off of it.

You are such a wonderful and caring mom... I just thought I would add that. :)


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   Posted 10/8/2005 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
No, you didn't scare me. I was already scared and still am. It's an educated sort of scared, like knowing enough to know I shouldn't play with electricity. I see this as doing exactly that, playing with the wiring in my daughter's head.

With no personal knowledge of any of the drugs used or how people react, I flipped out when she told me the counselor suggested drugs. I decided I couldn't stop it. I wanted her to be under the care of a doctor I knew and trusted (I don't know the counselor). So I got her in with a doctor I've known and trusted implicitely for 30 years. (I'm not the kind to trust doctors.)

He prescribed cymbalta. I read the mfg document, the MSDS, and as many threads and articles as I could find on the internet. I read about miraculous results, I read about disasterous results--and everything in between. With soooooo much variation in personal responses and the way cymbalta and flips from good to bad quickly, I'm still scared--and no one scared me. It's just sensible to be scared for someone you care about.

That said, the results with my daughter have been nothing short of miraculous. She is a delightful and assured now. She is cracking jokes, laughing and having fun with people. After a string of intense relationships that made her sad, seeing her like she used to be is wonderful. She is thinking more clearly than she has in 10 years.

Now if the combination of drugs and counseling work, maybe in the future she won't loose herself in a bad relationship again. I can hope. At the same time, I remain cautious. I'm going to keep checking on her progress and do my best to make sure that she sees the counselor or doctor if anything does go wrong. I am also educating her about cymbalta a little at a time. We will cross the bridge of getting off it, when the time comes, but I will be finding out all that I can about that, between now and then.

For the bulk of the past ten years, my daughter has waivered between I'm an awesome mom and the worse mom in the world. She has directed more tears and anger than joy my way. It's nice to hear something complimentary about me. Thanks. I do like we all do, care, hold my breath, and hope for the best.

bev

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   Posted 10/8/2005 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rianna,
I've been on Cymbalta for over 6 months now. I'm on 80mg (a 60mg + 20mg). Most of the side effects that I had at first, such as being restless and whatnot, have been dialed down a lot. The other side effects that haven't gone away are sweating more profusely when I move around a lot (I work as a package handler) and getting sunburned more easily. Cymbalta has helped me in actually getting around and about in doing things. I'm still dealing with a lot of the issues that contributed to my depression, but with the AD and talking to my pyschologist on a weekly basis - things don't look as bad.
Hang in there.
-MaWie

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   Posted 6/17/2012 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
I just started back on cymbalta and my night sweats and insomnia are back. However, for me, the benefits of the med way outweigh the irritating side effects.
The only reason I went off cymbalta was the price without insurance. I have in the past have hhad really horrible experience with lyrica and recently savella. I am very happy and feel so much better on cymbalta. It helps immensly with my pain and depression. I have been on it (with the exception of a few months without insurance) since it came out. I have tried paxil, zoloft, effexor, you name it and cymbalta is the only one that has worked for me.
For those having mild side effects stick with it. Those having severe effects this is not the med for you. Hope everything works out for the better for everyone.

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   Posted 6/17/2012 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

And welcome to the forum. I hope that the cymbalta continues to work for you.

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   Posted 6/17/2012 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
meds are so wacky. I started cymbalta in November, good effects right away (within a week) and no bad side effexts. But, it stopped working after 3 months.
Soooo, i asked for effexor (both snris) and I was so sweaty, nauseated I did not think I could make it. I got some otc liquid called an anti-emetic and it helped...I lost alot of weight too...but after 6 weeks , I am feeling much better
 
I guess like someone else said, if you CAN handle the negatives thru trial period, hang in there. Effexor is kinda my last hope.
 
I really hope you can stick with cymbalta...best of luck
 
Maggie

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   Posted 6/24/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
just one more opinion on Cymbalta.

i have been on it for about a year. no real side effects that i am aware of, sometimes some numbness in limbs that goes away when i move around.

i hope it will work for you.
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   Posted 8/27/2012 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i have been trying to try Cymbalta for months now. After all the other antidepressants cleared my system,I was starting on 30mg,got nausea and dizziness and then got used to that level after 3 months, then tried 60mg. After a week or so,I got the worse lower back pain for most of the day, then by evening, i felt better,and a lot of my other pain went away for the day. I couldn't go to work feeling like this so I cut back to 30mg for now. Will this ever get better??? Also I have like hot flashes like when I was in menipause, only 100 times worse. I sweat and sweat and sweat. then stop for a while. Thanks eyes

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   Posted 8/27/2012 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Cymbalta is a drug that takes some getting use to. To get over some of the worse side effects I have learned to take the med ( 60 mg 2 x day) with 16 oz of water. Then I eat a yogurt. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO COAT THE STOMACH WITH THIS MED. I stopped flushing 3 months in, never had the hand sweats or itching. It never kept me awake, but it still does make me sleepy.

I hope this gives one of you some small solace to hang in there, if not call your doctor, there are many more drugs out there to try!

Trina
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   Posted 8/27/2012 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

Welcome to the depression forum.

I am sorry that you are getting side effects from cymbalta. I would try what Trina said and also talk to your doctor about it. It may take some time for the side effects to go away. But drink plenty of water if you are sweating a lot. You don't want to get dehydrated.

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