Effexor vs Cymbalta

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nutmeg20
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   Posted 11/10/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
   I had not been doing well on the 150mg of Effexor and so my psychiatric doctor has now suggested I wean slowly off of the Effexor while going on Cymbalta at the same time. I am willing to do this. I will start tomorrow as I saw him today and he gave me alot of samples. Does anyone here have any opinions on Cymbalta? I do not know much about it.
thank you!

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   Posted 11/12/2006 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi nutmeg,  I am sorry to hear that the Effexor has not been working well for you.  I take that and it is one of my greatest fears that it will poop out on me one of these days.  Anyway, I am sure that your doc told you that Cymbalta is the newest antidepressant on the market and is showing great potential.  It sounds as if he is a smart man in that he is over lapping the two medications which is perfectly safe and will greatly decrease your side effects from going off the Effexor (which does have some of the worse side effects from stopping it).
Here is the prescribing information for Cymbalta which looks a little daunting but it is very much so indepth and will tell you everything you possibly would want to know about it.  I hope it works for it.  Please let us know how it goes...Take care
 

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nutmeg20
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   Posted 11/12/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Elisha!
  Thank you so much for your response..that gives me hope! Yes, he did tell me that Cymbalta is very new, and he said that his patients have had very good reports about it.
I will look at the site that you sent me and study it.
thanks again, and I will let you know what happens.
 

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   Posted 11/14/2006 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad it was helpful for you nutmeg.  Please do let us know how you do and know we are always here if you need anything at all...Take care :-)

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Lor78
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   Posted 11/14/2006 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I am currently on cymbalta and have been on it for about 6 months. I personally think it works great. I've been on tons of meds my whole life and this is the best I've felt in a long time. I also take lamictal and wellbutrin. This combination is right for me. I hope it works just as well for you.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/16/2006 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I switched slowly from Effexor to Cymbalta because the Cymbalta is supposed to have an added benefit of helping to relieve chronic nerve pain.  I've been on it for a good six months now, and I haven't noticed any significant decrease in pain I could attribute to the Cymbalta.  I have heard other people have gotten benefit of some pain relief, so I guess it works better for some people.  The only way to know is to give it a fair try.
 
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IsThereHope?
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   Posted 11/16/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
effexor didn't work for me either...

my friend is on cymbalta and really likes it, i never tried it...

good luck to you, hope you feel better soon.

corvettelover
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   Posted 11/17/2006 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi , I'm on Effexor , 225 mg.  I am having trouble sleeping, but drink too much caffeine.  nono I am really in a quandry as to what  is really the problem.  I do know that when I try to go to sleep that blaming or worrying messages  bother me.  sad ny suggestions would be much appreciated.  I am 60 yrs. old , retired, and have a new grandbaby girl tongue ( who is gorgeous!).

greyhoundlover
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   Posted 11/17/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Nutmeg, I, too, had been on effexor and wanted to quit taking anything, so I slowly came off the effexor, then felt I needed something to cope. My dr. prescribed cymbalta which I have been taking only 3 weeks and I haven't slept since I started taking it. Yesterday I decided not to take it and last night I slept like a baby. I am like corvettelover, just couldn't get my mind to stop working long enough to go to sleep or if I did sleep for ten minutes or so (kept looking at the clock) I dreamt such crazy stuff. Now, I don't know what to do, I didn't take it today either. The first week I took 30 mg. then increased to 60. I have an appt. in a couple of weeks, but don't think I am going to take it anymore. I like my sleep too much. I told my husband I had a choice of either being a b---- or sleep, I choose sleep, he will just have to put up with the other. Hope it works for you!

AngMichelle
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   Posted 11/17/2006 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I will start effexor tonight for the first time. I tried cymbalta several times, because I too have chronic pain, but it made me so sick to my stomach and just not feeling good. I have been on prozac before and it worked well, but eventually not as effective. I hope the effexor helps. My only worry is that it is more of a "stimulant" and I have insomnia really badly, so hope it doesn't effect that. Would you who have taken it, suggest taking it at night or in the morning? I usually take all my meds at night, just wondering what worked for you.

Intense1
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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
okay-new to this site...i am a 37 yr old male, that has some type of nerve damage...caused me to go into depression after 4 years.  They have not diagnosed me yet but i am in that process...anyways...i have been on cymbalta for over a month and i think it is awesome...i couldnt bend, sleep(from the pain),couldnt throw a ball, or it would yank my nerve, couldnt lift, couldnt drive for too long, or sit...some mornings, couldnt roll out of bed from the pain and stiffness...the stabbing pain, the tighting, not being able to breath sometimes...ran out of insurance...had to deal with many symptoms of whatever i have...now i have insurance and the cymbalta has taken it all away.
Yes-for the first two weeks, into maybe the third...it has some aweful side effects, but for the results, it does outweigh for me... 
Now the reason why i am here...
They are taking me straight off cymbalta and putting me on effexor...what is the difference between the two...  Does effexor take nerve pain away?  I am wondering if they are more on my depression than on my nerve pain...heck-if i didnt have the nerve pain, i wouldnt be depressed...any suggestions on this switch?
Thanks yall,
TW

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi TW,

I don't know about cymbalta much, but I do know it is a close cousin to effexor. But from what I understand, the effexor is stronger. I had asked about cymbalta (due to fibromyalgia) and the psychiatrist said it would not work as well for me as the effexor. So I do think that it helps with nerve pain. If you are unsure you should tell your doctor your concerns, as to the nerve pain.

Oh yes, welcome to HealingWell. There is an introductory thread if you would like to post on it. I will bump it up to the top.

I hope that you do well on the effexor. There are a few here that are on cymbalta and maybe they will post on your thread. I don't know if they will be able to compare the two though for you. If you are interested you can also post on Chronic Pain forum to see if anybody there has taken the two medications to compare.

Best wishes to you.

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Intense1
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you fro the quick response...that is kinda what i was wanting to know too...if it is a pain "releaver" like cymbalta.  i just hope the transition is okay...tomarro is my last day on cymbalta...thank you again...hope you well...i just try to keep my hope...

Thanx..Tobby


sleepyclairebear
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   

hi im on cymbalta 30mg for 3 weeks now. i have insomnia...sleeping pills dont seem to help. I took effexor before and it had even worse side effects including panic attacks.

During the day i have to drink so much cafeine to stay awake. I get soooo tired during the day.

Anyone with the same symptoms? SSRIs dont work for me any more. I tried most of them.

 

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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sleepy,

In other words you can't sleep at night and you can't stay up during the day. I take adderall to stay awake during the day and ambien to sleep at night. It is like we get our days and nights mixed up. We should work a night shift. But then I would get tired at night probably. lol.

Welcome to Healing well. I think that you will like it here. Everybody is so understanding and compassionate.

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing. there is an introductory thread if you would like to post there. I will bring it up for you.

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Intense1
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   Posted 3/16/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   

okay, dok got the results, said that if i keep in the same field, i will be on his table soon enough...welp...my lower spine is shifted and pinching my nerve 24/7...as for the cymbalta...still havent made the changeover yet to the new meds...cymbalta is okay BUT...it seems to be wearing off a little(for me personally)...i will update later...anyways...i am in HVAC and i think i will be moving into the office to help ease my pain...thank GOD for that one....prolly due the transition after my vacation(REALLY needed)....Take Care...

TOBBY


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   Posted 3/26/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Zoloft 150 for about 3 years. It kept me level, not wonderful but pretty good. I sought out a Psychiatrist (Zoloft was prescribed by GP) when I felt the Zoloft might have run its course and I was experiencing ED. We tried Wellbuterin, which hasn't worked. In fact I am in a deeper hole now in the last week or two than I ever remember being in. I have made offers to my soon to be ex wife to go to counseling, I have no idea if I actually want to do that and I broke up with y girlfriend of 15 months who was absolutely perfect for me (on paper) but I just seemed to stop feeling anything for her. My Psyc over the phone mentioned effexor, but I see a lot of negatives about it and was considering Cymbalta. I'm a t a loss.

Dont know if what I am typing is actually a question... Just needed to reach out confused

moonatic
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   Posted 3/26/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi nutmeg20, I take cymbolta, 60mgs, psych. says it goes up to 80mgs, It is also suppose to help with pain as well, after 60mgs, Wich i just went up to, The 20th, yet to see pain relief, depression I'm not sure, because I think meds., work differentially for everyone, I'm 4"11, 5ft, not sure of weight, not to much of appatite ( sure thats spelled wrong) But my point, Everybodys, body, mind are different, and affects at different rate, I also have a few illnesses i take meds., for to, illnesses also have own affects, And all together i take 7pill, 1injection med., There are some chance of side affects, as with any meds., ask your psych., about them, usually i think average 2-3 weeks,it starts taking some affect, But again depends on your body set, not sure how it's working for me totally just yet, i was on 40mg, now 60 so, i guess i'm still finding out for myself, I can think of some of the side affects, But i don't want to scare or deter you, But as i said and i'm sure you know already,any side affect can be scary, or not, you may have 1-2, or not any, Sorry your other med., didn't work out, I hope the cymbolta works out for you, if you want keep in touch, I'm a great listener, or should i say, great reader, writer,:) feel free to message me whatever, good luck, Peace,Hugs, moonâ—‹

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   Posted 3/26/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   

moonactic,

Nutmeg has not been on the site since November of 2006............not sure how this old post got back into circulation.

Thank you for sharing however as others will find your info helpful.

Kitt



 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 3/26/2009 2:25:00 PM (GMT-6)


JeannieM
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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I started on Cymbalta 30 mg 6 days ago. So far so good, other then some constipation. I was on Celexa right before the Cymbalta. Celexa more or less stopped working for me and my new doctor explained to me that Cymbalta is a combination of drugs for depression and anxiety (both of which I have) where the celexa was just a SSRI, thus my need to add ativan to the mix.

I was on Effexor for about a week before the Celexa. I say only a week because of the panic attacks, just general mood swings and the urge to kill someone (not myself and not anyone in particular..I was just that out of it on the Effexor).

Good luck. My doctor gave me a 14 day supply and a script and coupon for another free 14 day supply because my insurance does not cover the Cymbalta without prior authorization so we are fighting that right now. I will say, even though I'm only on it 6 days, I feel it has made a positive difference in my life.

Jean

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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry I didn't even look at the date on the post.

DowninPA
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Back from Psyc... Lexapro 10mg... Any thoughts?

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   Posted 3/26/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Jeanie

It is fine to bring up old posts, I just did not see where it had started up again.......but I see it now.........call me dim idea

I am on Cymbalta so the topic caught my eye of course.

Thanks and forgive me for pointing out the date.............I thought someone was looking for Nutmeg. blush

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 3/27/2009 8:48:37 AM (GMT-6)


Intense1
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   

okay- since the last post:

my insurance company was fighting the bill on the meds but the specialist that i see(neuroligist) told them it was cheaper than "the table"...so...i am okay'd for a year...kick'n...since i didnt feel the need to try something new...the cymbalta has its sides on me though but seems to work the majority of the time and i consider that a big trade off from the pain...i have set in motion my projects to finish and already got to start on them.  http://s620.photobucket.com/albums/tt285/zigzag71/ MY LITTLE RED TANK...I am so flippin excited about the meds giving me a new life to look foward to...i have always told myself(every day)...it could be worse...and would actually think how worse it could be...Things i have noticed with this medicine(never on anything, even ibuprofin)...besides the stomach issues(nausiated??spelln?) it seems stronger some days than others...than i realized i still have to watch the way i play...i had to slow down a considerable amount and having issues trying to slow myself at work, but working on that process. anyways...just thought i would update and i will not be going on effexor since cymbalta does a great job on two parts...pain for nerve and depression...everyones different though and i say just get through the sides and it mellows down.(i went through the pain for four years and a few weeks of sides=good trade-off)..going 4-wheelin this weekend with my son for the first time in a while...FLIPPIN awesome...

Take Care, TW


Intense1
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
oh-yeah...the reason why that insurance wanted to change me to effexor is cause it is a generic version of the ssri or whatever you call it but the bottom line on cymbalta is money...it is a eli lilly drug and generics are unavailable...
TW
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