Does Cymbalta really work for you?

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Rosebud2
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   Posted 12/18/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband has been diagnosed with severe depression. He hid this from me until after our marriage. Now all he does is lay in bed doing absolutely nothing. He refuses to seek help. I've contacted his doctors, the police, nurses, and crises intervention. All said they would not do anything as he is not a threat to himself or others.
I feel not bathing for 2 weeks, not eating (maybe a piece of toast all day), losing so much weight, and a complete lack of interest in anything constitutes a harm to himself and stated this to all of them.
He takes 120 milligrams of Cymbalta a day. He also is on the durasegic patch--50 that he changes every 3 days, Ambien (for sleeping yet I told the doctor that he sleeps 18+ hours a day with just the Cymbalta).
I just want to know if anyone else has had these side effects.
Thanks for listening.

ShynSassy
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   Posted 12/18/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Rose
How long has he been on the meds?
Cymbalta is a good med,I have seen alot of positive results from it. But,keep in mind that different meds affect different people.
It takes 4-6 weeks for the meds to take full effect. If he has been on the med longer than that then it is time to contact his doctor.

It took my doctor about 5 tries to get me on the right combo that worked. I really think that is somewhat normal...

Good luck and keep us updated.
Shy


Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


Rosebud2
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   Posted 12/18/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
He has been on Cymbalta for about 3 months. I've contacted his doctors to no avail. He has been on anti-depressants for about 4 years now. And, believe me when I say, he's been on soooo many meds.
What scares me is that the doctor he goes to does not ask for the unused meds back (so the doctor can throw them away). Instead you are allowed to keep them. The doctor just prescribes you something different if you complain about what you are on...and he does a lot of complaining if you get my drift....

ShynSassy
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm
Might need to think about a second opinion.
I am big on this: we pay you,therefore if we do not feel that you are giving us the attention that we need then we are finding someone else.

I doubt your husband likes being this way,and I would think a fresh outlook would make him relieved.
I am sorry that you are going through this...Depression hurts everyone involved.

If you are worried about the new meds vs the old ones...I would make the old ones disappear
Shy


Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


Rosebud2
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Problem is that he goes to the VA. Free doctor and almost free meds.
I feel his problem is much deeper as he told me when his Medicare info came in the mail, "I am not enrolling as I can get all my pills at the VA and they are cheaper there."
When I had him covered under my medical coverage also, he would not get a second opinion as he kept saying the VA would drop him. All he cared about was his pills.

ShynSassy
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember those days... the pills were my lifeline.

Is he going to a counselor also?
Shy


Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


Rosebud2
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 12/18/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
He sees a psychologist, a psyhchiatrist, a VA doctor, and a pain doctor.

ShynSassy
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3036
   Posted 12/18/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
What about you my friend?

You can only help him so much. You can only put yourself on the back burner so much..
It is probably time for you to get some much needed attention.

Remember this, you did not cause his depression. And you can only do so much.
I really think you could relate to wifeofdepression..it really sounds like you two are going through the same thing..

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=19&m=994139

At some point you have to keep yourself healthy..and have a healthy environment..hearing that someone does not want to be with you is not healthy at all... remember do not settle for less.
Shy


Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


Wifeofdepression
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 144
   Posted 12/20/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Rosebud,
How are you doing today??? I hope it is a good day!!!
Do something for yourself--hot bath or read a page or two of a novel...Try to escape for 10 minutes.
Wife of D

Rosebud2
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   Posted 12/20/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Wifeofdepression,

Thanks for asking. My friend and I went Christmas shopping today and I spent some time with my mom.
It was a little better.
Hope your day was better, too.

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   

HI Rose,

Im glad that yesterday was a little better for you. Its all about taking small steps, one day at a time. Glad you got xmas shopping done also... shops will be packed this weekend!

Darren


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