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americandancer
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   Posted 9/23/2006 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone here take cymbalta for anxiety/panic disorder?  The only threads I could find when I searched were from one particular person, who it did not work for.  I was hoping to hear some responses from other people who have tried it for anxiety.  Thanks!

T Bird
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   Posted 9/23/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi American Dancer,

I take Cymbalta. My Primary dr asked me to try it cause I get psycosomatic pains that she can never find a reason for. I also have depression and anxiety. It has helped my anxiety greatly. I am able to do what I need to do to fix whatever is causing my stress or anxiety. I still have a lot of anxiety but I'm doing behaivoral work to combat that. T Bird

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   Posted 9/23/2006 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Americandancer,

Welcome to HW you will find a great family here. I have heard this med mentioned in the past, but I have no experiance with it. I am sure others will be by to share experiances they may have had.

Good Luck.
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missie1227
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   Posted 9/23/2006 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   

hi- this is my second go around with cymbalta and the doc has ordered  60 mg which i think is too high to begin with.

i feel my brains were fryed on this stuff i took one pill yesterfday and had such dizziness felt horrible thought i was gooing to die BUT it ddi help my pain issues!!!!

only problems are the side effects from it whic i find hard to live with rashes on my skin, upset stomach, dizzy, etc.

were it not for that i think i might have some life back for myself...still searching,,, tried zolfolt bad news for me on it nothing but sleeping all day, i am now on xanax .50mg twice day, cymbalta ( i ahve to break this does in half b/c 60 mg to start with is way too high for me so i am goiong to break oopen the cap and take half out at a time and put rest back into cap.

and norco 10-325 for pain in neck from 11 screws and 4 metal plates and pain in right hip from harvested illac crest. thisis not easy at 50 i look 'okay' when i can clean up but feel 100 inside


9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


americandancer
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   Posted 9/23/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for the replies.  I don't take it for the pain....in fact, it seems like most taking it for anxiety or depression, also have pain symptoms or fibromalygia (sp?)  I don't have any pain symptoms and I don't think I have any depression, or if I do it's from the anxiety.  Here's hoping it works for us all!
missie, I had stopped cymbalta once before after being on it for 7 weeks.  My anxiety was still there, so I thought it just wasn't working for me.  But, I've started it back up at the full 60mg again.  I agree it is a high starting dosage, but it's not so bad.  I mostly have the stomach issues with it and I know those will go away after the first week or so, for me anyway.  I have xanax also to take with it as needed.  Be careful trying to halve the capsule.  I am always leary of trying to mess with capsules vs. splitting a pill.  Good luck and keep me posted!

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   Posted 9/24/2006 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest having your doc in on the dosage changing really,can you not tell him/ her that you feel this dosage is way to high for you right now n you get bad feelings with it ? .hope it works out for you
Missie this might also be because of the Narco and other meds you are on I am thinking it is .05 for the xanax ?
americandancer Welcome I have seen quite a few posts about this med and I know others will respond weekends are always a bit slower til at least Sunday night ........so hang in there you will get some input ad post often get to know us and us you .....Lyn
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missie1227
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   Posted 9/24/2006 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   

hi--- not sure but what i did today was open the cap and take out half of the beads and created 30 mg instead of 60 mg which was way too high...i didnt know he put me on 60 mg to begin with until i got home from the phar and looked to see and it was 60 dollars for 3 months supply for me from my insurance this is an expensive drug to be on.

i felt dizzy and also have underlying seziures disorder which they tell me cymbalta can make worse so i had to do this - he says it is okay to do to take out half of beads inside and put back in cap.

 but i take xanax .50mg twice daily but today i could not get outta bed it made me so tired. but i am also very upset b/c of family problems also so i am not happy today extra unhappy.  cymbalta does help with some of hte pain issues though if i can take it with the skin rashes, he tells me ( doc) try to stay on it anywy even though you have the skin rashes b.c that may go away, and i am running out of options here as i tried many different AD and either they work for a little while or stop.

 

 

 


9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


americandancer
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   Posted 9/24/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
missie, I'd talk with your doctor. I know they make 20mg capsules now. Maybe he could give you some samples. Did you have this reaction the 1st time you took it!
Howlyncat, thanks for your reply. I'm hoping others will let me know how it worked for them.

Levelle
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   Posted 9/25/2006 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hello, ive took cymbalta before i started taking zoloft, i took it for a month and didnt want to anymore. it made me stay up allnight and my appetite decreased drasticaly. O yeah i was on 50mg a day for a month, til i changed. maybe you should try a diff dose for awhile, then if it seems not to be working well, ask for a differnt anti depressent, also ive noticed cymbalta gave me more side effects then the other ssri's ive taken. Thats just from my  personal experience yours might be differnt, but theres always other options, just try differnt ones if you feel you need so. Levelle

americandancer
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   Posted 9/26/2006 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
What did you change to?

americandancer
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   Posted 10/1/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   

 

    bump....

Anyone had cymbalta work for their anxiety disorder?


missie1227
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   Posted 10/2/2006 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   

hi it helps my pain issues but makes me more anxeity riden so i have to take it with xanax to control the extreme anxeity i get with this the rashes went away, so that is a plus but i stay awake all night and now my regime is this norco for pain cybamtla for pain xanx to combat the anxetiy and ambien cr to help me sleep owed to the insomina from the cymbalta

 

waht a life


9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/2/2006 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Americandancer I would go to the resources in yellow see if you can find anything in there and I am getting this back up to top hoping someone can help usually Harry posts about many differents meds long time anxiety sufferer and is recovered ...........
Take care
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/2/2006 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Missie sounds like you might need your drug regime re checked and done over as this seems to be too much from what you are saying and you also make it sound as though you are going round and round and have no feelings of feeling better for it
I wish you al the very best
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me2moody
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   Posted 9/30/2012 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor gave cymbalta samples 3 days ago at 30mg. She told me to take one a day. The first day I could feel it, I was like drunk and my eyes seemed to lock in and stay stuck like being hypnotized by fire. I didn't want to move, I didn't want to even chew the food in my mouth. I hated it and told my husband I hated the pill and was not taking it anymore. He encouraged me to try it a week. Well the second day I took it and I could feel it take affect in an hour, it does something to your head that makes you feel like just staring off and not moving away from what you are starring at. It wasn't a fun high, it was annoying to me. By the end of the second day I started to feel happy, it was kind of like I had taken a pain pill and felt like a little heaven came my way. I started to smile and couldn't get the stupid grin off my face, I actually felt happy and I wanted to call people I never wanted to call before. No anxiety at all since I have been on it. I decided it was a little too strong for me so I decided to only take it at night since starring off into space and not wanting to move would be okay at that time. I noticed that when I take it that I feel so spacey for about 4 hours and then I get the feel good from it.

My mom passed away almost two years ago and I still cry over her and miss her so much, however, after starting these pills I don't seem to think on her as much or cry. My horrible stressful and scary dreams are calming down and they are good dreams now. Since I have noticed some improvements I think I will stick it out for a couple more weeks and see if it will get better. I can sleep with no problem, I can even wake up earlier in the morning. So far I think it might be worth it to give this pill more time to level off. I am thinking about trying Lithium orotate along with it. I will call my doctor first.

I think if it can keep my mind off of my mom and keep my anxiety down I think this pill just might be the one for me.

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   Posted 9/30/2012 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi me2moody and welcome!

I am glad that you are starting to get some relief from your Rx. Great job on sticking it out through the first awful day! I hope that you continue to get benefit from this, with less of the initial side effects.

I am so sorry to hear about your mom.:( I hope that you continue to heal, even as you are mourning her loss. It is tremedously hard to lose a parent, I know.

I hope that you will continue to post with us here. Feel free to start a new post to introduce yourself if you feel comfortable doing so.:)

Talk to you soon,

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me2moody
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   Posted 9/30/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Scaredy Cat said...
Hi me2moody and welcome!

I am glad that you are starting to get some relief from your Rx. Great job on sticking it out through the first awful day! I hope that you continue to get benefit from this, with less of the initial side effects.

I am so sorry to hear about your mom.:( I hope that you continue to heal, even as you are mourning her loss. It is tremedously hard to lose a parent, I know.

I hope that you will continue to post with us here. Feel free to start a new post to introduce yourself if you feel comfortable doing so.:)

Talk to you soon,

Scaredy Cat


Thank you S. CAT, I wished I would of gotten on something years ago. I had two bad experinces with Paxil and Effexor and I just gave up. If it hadn't been for my husband and sister telling me to go to the doctor I probably would of went another 5 years with depression and horrible anxiety. I will definately stick it out a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the reply
me2moody

15yrpain
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   Posted 3/8/2013 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, new to the forum, but I was just perscribed cymbalta for my chronic leg pain of 15 years. Dr's still cant figure out why. Been a dancer all my life so sure alot is wear and tear- but cnat walk for more than3 minutes before excutiating pain. A bit confussed how a medication for depression can help with physical pain.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/8/2013 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome!

I am a dance teacher/choreographer...so I feel your pain, lol! Currently my lower back is not happy with me.;)

Here is the answer to your question in a nutshell:

How Does Cymbalta Work for Osteoarthritis and Pain?

Cymbalta is classified as a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It works by increasing natural substances in the brain, serotonin and norepinephrine, which are believed to stop pain signals to the brain.

Here is the link from which this came so you can read more if you like.
 
 
 
I hope this Rx works for you! Post anytime with us.:)

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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 3/8/2013 10:27:31 AM (GMT-7)


Lunakg1
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   Posted 3/13/2013 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I have GAD with Pure O ! I don't know if cymbalta will help you but what I can tell you is it didn't helped me , it gave me sleeping problems and memory problems. Right now after 6 months of taking it I stop it because i just could not sleep and it didnt help my anxiety, and I am feeling worse than when I had typhoid. I have never felt so bad in my life, if you can take it good luck. But I just want to tell you what the doctor won't tell you if it doesn't work and you have to quit it you are going to be in hell for about a month and half , i rather have anxiety than what i am feeling right now, nausea , vomit, pain, sadness, panic attacks, nervousness, dizziness, headache all day. So just please read other peoples experiences and before you take the cymbalta. Because I do believe I have never tried anything as toxic as this. If you do try it just please be aware of the quitting problems, and have someone to be with you and support you. Wish you luck and take care

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   Posted 4/25/2013 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had depression most of my life.Have tried different antidepressants but the only one that has helped long term is Zoloft.But it causes me to overheat and also weight gain.
Several yrs ago was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.Zoloft doesn't help the pain so I asked my Dr. to let me try Cymbalta.Been on it about a week.No help so far for the pain but I have been having bad night sweats and more dreams.Not bad dreams just more.Am still overheating and feel a little more agitated then I did on the Zoloft.
I don't know if I should get off of cymbalta or stick it out.I am afraid of withdrawal.I was on effexor for awhile and it was hard to get off of.Zoloft is not addictive and when I quit I had no problems.
It seems like Cymbalta is much more toxic.Was wondering if anyone else taking cymbalta is having night sweats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (Razzytazzy) : 4/25/2013 8:37:33 AM (GMT-6)


Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/25/2013 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Razzy,

I can't give you advice from personal experience...but I do know that one week is not nearly enough time to get an indication of how you are going to ultimately tolerate a med, and how it is going to help you or not.

This class of drug needs anywhere form 6-12 weeks to build up and level off in the system. Until then you may experience side effects, and even an increased amount of anxiety (ironic, I know) but if you can stick it out...then you will know how to proceed.

Working closely with your prescribing doctor should ensure that you find the right med for you, with the least s/e's.

I hope that you start to feel relief soon!

Post with us anytime, we are here to listen, understand and support!

Scaredy Cat

If it levels out and starts to be theraputic, then great! If not, then you know that you gave is a chance and move on to another Rx
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