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sugarfootz
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   Posted 3/5/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Considering trying Cymbalta---its one of the few I haven't tried.    Any input on side effects,   did it work for any of you??     I have gotten sooooo phobic about new meds but its reached a point where I must do something other than cry and feel depressed.       You know it would just be so wonderful to just wake up and actually look forward to the day instead of dreading facing another one.      Please throw some input my way.   Experiences with Cymbalta in particular.     Thanks so much!

ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/5/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sugar
I have not taken cymbalta myself but I did find a couple of web sites with some good info..


I hope this helps!

www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/cymbalta_ad.htm

drugs.healthdiaries.com/cymbalta-side-effects.html

Good luck and I hope it works for you.

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deesention
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   Posted 3/9/2007 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had my first dose today. This would be the first dose of the first drug I have ever had.

I took it about an hour ago.... curently feeling slightly light headed.

ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/9/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't be discouraged. It usually takes at least 2 weeks before the meds take full effect.

Just stay strong.

Shy
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purpleheart
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   Posted 3/12/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It made me feel better but there were side affects mine was weight gain and messed upn periods. But it did make me feel better and I wasn't exhausted like the others.

Kanobi
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   Posted 3/12/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Started 3 days ago. Anxiety comes and goes moments of perfect clarity where I feel like myself then others with anxiety. Switched from Lexapro 3 days ago,so some of what I am feeling may be lexapro flushing out. Giving it a shot. When things are clear I feel like myself, just hoping to get to that point soon. Good luck we can bounce experience off one another if you would like since tomorrow will be day four, no other real symptoms to report other then waking up a couple of times a night. redface
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


Brenda M
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   Posted 3/12/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
i took cymbalta for 1 year after being depressed my entire life..33 years....
i can tell you that i felt better in a matter of days , not weeks
the only side effects i noticed were 1)if i missed 2 days on the 2nd day i felt really funny and my pupils wouldnt stay...normal, they would get big and small, over and over. it was wierd and 2) i was tired alot but it wasnt like the exaustion i felt from the depression. at least i actually felt like getting up out of the bed
cymbalta helped me deal with stuff in my life that otherwise would have killed me .
  
    my depression was so bad before i started taking it that i had planned out my death where it would look like an accident so my son wouldnt have to grow up knowing his mommy killed herself.
 i cried ALL the time and honestly wanted to die just to stop from feeling that way because i knew it wasnt supposed to be that way.. noone is supposed to pray for death all of the time.
  i can also tell you that i havent taken it in about a month and a half and i still feel fine.so im assuming i just needed to even out whatever was "off" inside my body, i can also tell you that it is strange to not be sad all of the time.
 sad isnt a good word though i felt ...hollow, like all of my soul and insides had been removed when i was around 4 years old i guess
 but i love it, and if my depression comes back i will not hesitate to get put back on it..
 hope this helped. if you have any further questions for me , just let me know ok.. ill help you if i can
     whatever you decide i hope you find something that works for you
                                                        love brenda
 

Kanobi
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   Posted 3/13/2007 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the post I am taking t for GAD and depression day four today still feel a little edgy able to sleep last night hopefully that is a good sign. I just want to not be on edge all the time awaiting my next anxiety attack. All my issues seem to center around awaiting the next attack and when it comes I get depressed about it. Anyone else have this issue..... eyes
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/13/2007 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah...most people with anxiety or panic attacks will tell you that.
But,once the med fully kicks in I think you will find that your mind will rest a little easier.
You have to take one day at a time with healing,and try to be positive.
When you start thinking about having an anxiety attack try keeping busy to keep your mind off of it.
Doing something as simple as dusting or taking a walk..


Good Luck
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redrose
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   Posted 3/13/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Brenda:

I'm glad you are doing so well. Be alert to symptoms, though. Sometimes it takes as long as 6-8 wks. for the drugs to leave your system and then you can begin to experience depression symptoms again. This happened to me.

Redrose
Undiagnosed symptoms for many years. Dx in 12/06. Sm. Bowel resection (60cm.) 1/07
currently on 50 mg. Imuran, 40 mg. pred., vicodin for continuing pain


Brenda M
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   Posted 3/14/2007 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   

i know...but so far so good.. that and it took me  my entire life to say.. look somethings not right inside my head, so if i do start to fell depressed again then it wont be like pulling teeth for me to get myself help

 thanks for your concern             love brenda


Kanobi
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   Posted 3/14/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Day 5 still edgy in the a.m see to be alot better in the afternoon, hoping it will level out soon.... eyes
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


abc123
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   Posted 3/14/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on the 60 mg dose for three or four weeks. Just a couple of days ago, I didn't think it was working for me. For the last two days, though, I've had a perm-a-grin. I'm talking everyone's ear off. I feel like doing things again. I like my job again. This feels so 'weird.'

I hope it's the drug and that I stay this way. I think I could get used to it.

Stephanie
Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow, scoliosis, unlevel hips
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Zanaflex, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Lortab and Percocet.


Kanobi
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   Posted 3/14/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the post currently on only 30mg for first week then upping to 60 is that how you started gradual dose???

Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


abc123
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   Posted 3/14/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Exactly.
Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow, scoliosis, unlevel hips
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Zanaflex, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Lortab and Percocet.


Kanobi
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   Posted 3/14/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you suffer from any anxiety, and when you started did they remove you from another drug cold turkey and start cymbalta. I was told to just stop the Lexapro and switch to the cymbalta not sure if that is having an effect in my anxiety... eyes
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


abc123
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   Posted 3/14/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been on an anti-depressant lately. The only one I've ever taken was Prozac, and I didn't have any problem stopping it abruptly.

I know Neurontin isn't an A/D, but it may still apply. I went through a brutal withdrawal from it because I took so much for so long. I was frighteningly depressed amongst other things, even though I was weaning off of it slowly. My doc thought the Cymbalta might have eased my issues had I started it before I was so long into reduction. Maybe the same with the Lexapro - as one lowers levels in your system, the other will increase, and thereby reduce withdrawal?

Hopeful thinking, anyway.
Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow, scoliosis, unlevel hips
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Zanaflex, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Lortab and Percocet.


Kanobi
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   Posted 3/14/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information, it is really appreciated. I just need to be patient I guess I have never been good at waiting for these med's to kick in. I have been reading Dr. Burns book Feeling Good lots of good information in the book for anxiety and depression should you or anyone else want some good reading material. He talks about being med free. I just don't know how that could be at this time in my life. Not sure I have the will power to some folks have to fight this issue.....Trying to be more positive in myself. eyes
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


abc123
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   Posted 3/14/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
FWIW - I think being med free is over-rated. If you need it, you need it. Why suffer if you don't have to? I'm not trying to earn my manly points these days.

Stephanie
Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow, scoliosis, unlevel hips
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Zanaflex, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Lortab and Percocet.


Kanobi
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   Posted 3/14/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again for the positive feedback I have never been one to want to pop pills runs in my family a pill will solve everything, however I am slowly coming to the realization that a pill may be necessary for me to be happy and if that is the case it really is no different then someone who needs to take colesterol medicine, or heart medication, or diabeties medicine to live a healthy life. I just want to do away with the ebbs and flows of this affliction. eyes
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


midnightfire582
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   Posted 4/7/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on 30mg of Cymbalta for about six months now. I was on Zoloft before taking Cymbalta, and the Zoloft worked fine for me. The Cymbalta doesn't do anything at all for me that the Zoloft doesn't already do. I have no clue why my pshychiatrist putme on it or why he's keeping me on it but whatever. Point is, I haven't had great experiences with Cymbalta, but it hasn't reacted badly at all either.

IBS FROG
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   Posted 4/7/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started Cymbalta yesterday, 30mg for 2 weeks and then 60 for the remainder of the time. I hope it works but I hope I dont gain weight, I dont need another thing to stress about.

froggy1011
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   Posted 4/7/2007 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Cymbalta too, it was prescribed to me just yesterday, and so far no effect except increased lightheadedness and dizziness. (except I always feel like that so maybe it's not the meds) I too hope there is no weight gain, that would just kill me. (not literally) I hope it works though. :)
froggy

Kanobi
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   Posted 4/8/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Currnetly on cymbalta 60 mg kicked in in about two weeks had one really good week then anxiety seems to have crept back, One month and 2 days since I started unsure if I should continue. Psy prescribed Buspar as well last friday, to see if that will help. Anyone had any experience with Buspar. I guess I could try it for a couple of weeks to see if it works. Previouslly on celexa 10 mg before my anxiety came back not sure I should have ever moved off of that drug. Switched from Brand to genaric and not sure if that caused some of the anxiety to creep back. Only raised it to 20. When things were good on celexa no underlying anxiousness... With the cymbalta so far seems to always be a slight tinge of anxiousness just enough to make you uncomfortable. Discussed a switch however I am going on a vacation with my wife in two weeks afraid a switch right now might put me in a bad place during our trip, even though the Psy says my discomfort should be limited since I am switching to another SSRI and not quiting cold turkey... Any thougthts appreciated...
Cymbalta 30 mg
Toprol 25 mg
20 Days since my last Xanax


abc123
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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit Prozac twice without a note of withdrawal symptoms. Cymbalta and Effexor are supposed to be nightmares, though.

I started Buspar on Friday. I don't feel any different yet, although my hands and feet aren't as sweaty as usual. Still anxious, shaky, and had a mini panic-attack today. If I'd been at home, I'd have taken a Xanax; since I was at work I 'just' let it pass. Xanax makes me an idiot.

Buspar is rumored to take a couple of weeks to a month to really kick in. I hope to be fixed up before then.

Good luck with this one too.

Stephanie
Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow, scoliosis, mis-aligned pelvis
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Zanaflex, EC Naprosyn, Ambien CR, Norco 10s, Percocet 7.5s, Buspar, Xanax, Loratidine (for pain believe it or not), Seravent, Albuterol, herbal supplements and vitamins, Lidocaine injections, Botox injections, and something new with each appointment.

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