Duloxetine / Cymbalta - any wierd side effects???

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HSE
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
confused   confused   I have just been prescribed Duloxetine / Cymbalta. I don't know anything about this drug and wondered if anyone had had good results, wierd side effects or anything i should be worried about???
 
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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't be surprised if it makes you nauseas (sp?) at first. This should go away in the first week or two. I can be quite bad at first, but I promise it will go away. I have had pretty good results with it. I had to play around with the dosage a little to get it right. Are you starting out at 30mg? Take it in the am because it will give you energy, even though you may get tired in the afternoon. This is also an early start up side effect. Drink lots of water during the day as this is a time released med and the fluid during the day will help. This is a good med the longer you're on it. Stick with the start up side effects and they should go away pretty soon.

HSE
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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)   :-) Thanks americandancer - I am starting on 30mg - then up to 60mg a few weeks later. I can cope with sickness, and will remember to drink lots. Energy in the morning would be great - I have none at the moment.
 
I hate coming off one anti-depressent and then onto another one - it's a troubling time for me - very dark thoughts and extremely low moods.
 
How long have you been on Cymbalta?
 
 
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on it for maybe 3 months this go round.  I was on it quite awhile back, but stopped.  I found out it had helped more than I thought it did, so I went back on.  I think it is a better med for depression.  I don't know about anxiety - I have anxiety/panic disorder mostly, some depression. It definately stopped the panic for me, which I am so grateful for.  My anxiety still acts up, so I may need something to help that.  I am hoping the longer I am on it,the better the anxiety will get.  I like cymbalta for the energy,but I guess sometimes that energy turns to anxiety if not channeled properly.  I do like it overall and plan on staying on it.  I was on it maybe 6 months the first time.  I had no weight gain at all.  It really kills my appetite, which I love.  I do have constipation, though.  I am hoping that will go away too. 
 
Are you taking it primarily for depression or anxiety?

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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to ask...what med were you on before cymbalta?

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   Posted 8/3/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

See, why me............I am on the cymbalta but ladies my dose is 120mg per day and I gained weight, therefore the why me?  grrrrrrrrr.

I did not have any side effect however, no nausea and sure no loss of appetite.

I think it works ok, but I have some break through episodes where I can be down for 3-5 days and just have to keep on moving or I will be back in the pit.  I have been on it 6 months.

I tolerate large doses of meds with everything, so 120mg doesn't give me any big energy boost or make me drowsy.

Hope this info helps.

 


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americandancer
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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm....maybe the weight gain will start for me when I'm on it that long. Great.... Maybe it's because of your dosage, too. You definately think the weight gain is from the cymbalta? My boss is on it. I don't know for how long or what mg., but she has appeared to have gained weight - a good amt. since I saw her in May. She looks puffy, too. I think my face looks puffy, but I am not retaining fluid anywhere else, so I don't know what that means. Does your dr. think the cymbalta is causing the weight gain? Mine said it is just weight neutral, doesn't cause much of a loss. Most people talking about it on forums are complaining about too much weight loss! They could just be fooling around, though. Are you taking any other meds?

HSE, don't let us scare you. These meds are so different for everybody.

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   Posted 8/3/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a whole bottle in my drawer- that I'll never take one more of! 30mg is the lightest dose, and even that amount puts me in a dit-dot, slugged kind of state. For me, Life just wasn't meant to be such a struggle. I'm going organic with 5 MTP.
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   Posted 8/4/2007 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am also on cymbalta/duolexitine.
 
I am on 60mg a day and take it when i get up in the morning.
I have been on it for about a year now.  I was on 90mg but was told that i was taking a too high a dose.  (They are a bit slower over here in the UK with some medications).
 
I have never had any side effects and when i first started to take it it seemed to work well and then i dipped abit, well for quite a while and now i seem to be doing a little better on it.
But that could be due to the level of depression dropping and personal circumstances.
 
I hope you are doing well on it.
 
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Angel, did you ever have any weight gain on cymbalta?  I would think if you had a dip, that the increase in dosage would have made sense instead of reducing the dose.  I have heard of some taking as high as 120mg.  Maybe going from the 90 back to 60 caused the dip?  I'm glad you're doing better now!  Are you taking it mainly for depression or anxiety, too?

HSE
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   Posted 8/5/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Thanks for the advice everyone - I am coming off Reboxetine and starting Cymbalta next week - hoping for NO sickness or weight gain - I really like the idea of reduced appetite!
 
Wish we could pick the side effects we like and not get the ones that are awful!
 
i am having a tough time at the moment and Reboxetine stopped working a few weeks ago - I've been hanging on for a change. Had to see a new psychatrist at the NHS (I'm in England by the way) and repeat all my details again! She could have read my notes  - what a novel idea that is ???
 
Anyway - with the new meds I have also been put on the waiting list for Individual Psychotherapy - that should really help. Have done CBT and Family therapy and that has raised some ghosts that need dealing with.
 
Many thanks for all your help xxxx
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#Angel#
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   Posted 8/6/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Cymbalta was prescribed to me for major depression, but i do get anxiety aswell.
I have not put on any weight with it, i guess i am lucky there.
 

HSE, I hope it works well for you.


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Post Edited (#Angel#) : 8/6/2007 7:31:52 AM (GMT-6)


HSE
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   Posted 8/10/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)   :-) Thanks Angel - I get anxiety too - with me the depression and anxiety sometimes go hand in hand - some days one is worse than the other.
 
With 2 kids that need a lot of attention - I sometimes wonder when I get some attention or peace?!
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#Angel#
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   Posted 8/10/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I know just what you mean.  I am a single parent with 2 children, they are hard work.  1 has autism and adhd and the other is suffering the effects of it and therefore has her own issues.
 
Take care x
 
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HSE
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   Posted 8/11/2007 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Angel - how old are your children? Mine are 6 and 3 1/2 - a real handful. How do you cope with the autism and adhd? I hope your school is supportive.
 
That your other child is suffering because of the autism is understandable - you hang on in there - thanks for your support - I really appreciate it xx
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   Posted 8/11/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
My son is 12 and daughter 10.  Its my son with the autism and he will be starting a special school in september. (finally).
At times it is just impossible coping with them.
 
Take care xx
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   Posted 8/12/2007 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Angel,
 
From what I have read here, I think you (and others) do a wonderful job raising your children and should be commended. It can't be easy and there are some people who cannot cope with raising children without any disorders/disabilities.
 
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HSE
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   Posted 8/14/2007 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)   :-) I agree with Darren Angel - you are coping looking after your 2 children and I'm glad you have a place in a special school - that should make all the difference. Did you have to fight to get that place? your 'finally' gives me that impression!! Well done you!!
 
I have my husband home for 2 weeks on holiday with me and the kids - an extra pair of hands is an amazing help. Thanks so much for your messages - let's 'hang on in there' together ok??
 
Hugs xx
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