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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 6/29/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  Before taking Cymbalta, I lost 47 lbs.  Since starting Cymbalta, I have put some weight back on.  I am very concerned about this.  My cholesterol is finally where it needs to be.  Everything runs in my family from heart disease to diabeties.  I watched them go through hell from this and I don't want the same for myself.
 
I went to my doc the other day and explained what is going on.  I asked him to decrease my med. from 60 mg once a day to 30 mg so I can loose the rest of the weight.  I know medication is only part of overcoming A/P.  I bought a book on A/P that I'am beginning to read.  Don't get me wrong, Cymbalta has helped me and I want to continue it but I am giving this a try. 
 
Thanks for reading.  Wish me luck!
 
Hugs,
Mary

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   Posted 6/29/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   

sorry but IMO your med causes no weight gain or loss

find out the usual dose range from doc or a pharmacist, it wont work if you take less than the minimum


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   Posted 6/29/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Mary

I take Cymbalta at 120mg and I cannot say that it has caused me to gain a lot of weight, maybe 10 lbs. but I know that is because I eat the wrong things.

The verdict seems split on this issue but it is not known for huge weight gains from what I have read on other sites that discuss meds.

I can certainly understand how you feel, loosing the large amount of wieght you have, you don't want to gain it back.

Discuss this with your physician and I hope you are able to come to a conclusion. Bless you.

Gentle Hugs, Mary.  yeah

 


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ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 6/29/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
We shouldn't be surprised when our appetites are effected by the SSRI/SNRI class of drugs. Afterall, by design they impact our brain chemistry! Some people lose weight, some people gain. I vote for mental health first, and use your better state of mind to make good decisions about dealing with the weight gain/loss . : )

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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Wishing you all the best my ray of sunshine

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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses.
 
I started 30 mg Saturday night.  So far I'm not feeling too bad.  If I need to go back to 60 mg then I will.  But I wanna give this a chance!
 
Hugs,
Mary

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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mary,

The other Mary (Kitt) would like to start decreasing the Cymbalta but I am waiting until August when I see my pdoc.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing?  I have a special interest in your decrease.  yeah

Thank you as always for you sincere post and for belonging to our family.

Gentle Hugs


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Kitt
 
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
How is the Other Mary LOL?
 
I know you are taking Cymbalta and I will definately keep you posted!    Have a relaxing night dear:)!
 
Hugs,
Mary

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   Posted 7/3/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
harry4 said...
sorry but IMO your med causes no weight gain or loss

find out the usual dose range from doc or a pharmacist, it wont work if you take less than the minimum


More incorrect information, Harry. I hate to call you out because you do contribute a great deal to the forum, but please research things a little before you answer.

The PDR states: "Side effects may include: Appetite changes, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, insomnia, nausea, sexual difficulties, sleepiness, sweating, tremor, urinary difficulties, vomiting, weakness"

More frequent side effects are listed first in the PDR.
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   Posted 7/3/2007 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Harry
Many many MEDS do cause weight gain or weight loss

for me VALIUM make me eat or I can go for days w/o anything and have gone to 88 lbs /tube fed

So yes I do agree that meds are different for everyone BUT they can and do cause weight differences

** a good ex: is Prednisone.....**
THis is one of the reasons I do not take ssri's as I have a prob with thinking I am BIG.......no I am not anorexic BUT.....

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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/3/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I did a lot of research on Cymbalta. 
 
I talked with my doctor, surfed the internet, went to Cymbalta's website, among other things.
I weighed the pros and cons and gave this a lot of thought!
 
Thanks again,
Mary

Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/8/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a little over a week since my Cymbalta was decreased.
 
Overall I feel good.  The first few days I had some tightness in my chest and felt a little jittery but I expected that from the decrease in the medicine.   I am reading a book about A/P and continue to do breathing exercises that help keep me calm.
 
Also, my eating habits seem to be like my old self.  I don't have the feeling of wanting to eat all the time and the cravings have diminished.
 
Hopefully this will continue to work!  Thanks.
 
Hugs,
Mary
 

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   Posted 7/10/2007 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Will keep you in my heart thoughts and prayers

At least sweetie you are being PRO active and tryin to find ways which I give you alot of vredit for ..........

Keep us posted plz on how things ae going

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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/10/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lyn.  I appreciate it!
 
You are always in my thoughts and prayers as well.
 
Please keep us posted on your doc visit.  Luv U Much!
 
Hugs,
Mary

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   Posted 7/10/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Mary

Good Morning.  You are the pioneer here as you know I want to cut back on the Cymbalta starting in August.  I am weaning the Valium yet but the 2 may cross over as I don't think I can come off the Valium completely by August. So you will be the first to walk on the moon and I hope I can drop the dose down too then we can wear moon boots together

You are such an inspiration. Thank you for that.

The Other Mary



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/10/2007 11:02:09 AM (GMT-6)


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/10/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Awwwww Kitt, thank you for your kind words!  They mean the world to me!
 
When the time comes for you to cut back, you will be fine.  I know you will.
All the good Karma you give others is gonna come back to you!
 
You are an inspiration as well.  I often think about stories I read here and they help me through difficult times.  I especially remember when you had jury duty and the way you handled it.  It gave me hope!   Thank You!
 
Luv,
Mary
 
P.S.~I'll get our moon boots ready!
 

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