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   Posted 10/5/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone. Since I was 12 (I'm 25 now) I have been dealing with depression but never really took medicine to make it better. I have been prescribed all kinds of anti-deppresants but most of them gave me horrible side effects on the first dose so never took them nearly long enough time to work. Well now my doctor game me Cymbalta to try and begged me to give it a chance. Well I have taken 30mg daily for the past 9 days and have had barely any side effects from it except a little drowsiness that wore off after 3 days. Well my question is, how will I know when it's working? What can I expect to feel?? I know the world isnt gonna suddenly turn into some wonderful place for me, but well things get better?? I'm just wondering. Thank you for listenling.

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   Posted 10/5/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Hellokitty,

No it isn't like some giant fireworks, but you can expect suttle changes. It will be like many pounds lifted off your shoulders when you don't have the dark thoughts anymore. You will be happy and less troubled. Hopefully you wont dwell on past or future, these things you can work on with self therapy to help you along. You don't get high or anything, but you will experience more joy. Cymbalta also helps with any physical pain you might be having with depression. It usually takes four to six weeks to get the full effects and it wont be all at once, it will be gradual. I am glad that you are giving it a try. Any side effects should go away in two to four weeks.

Good luck with the cymbalta

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   Posted 10/6/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone here is very glad that you are giving your meds. a try .Please keep it up for at lest 6 weeks then ask yourself how you feel.For me I still have some low day`s but compared to what I use to feel my low days now were a pretty far day before and most of my days are real good now.If you add the fact that I have constant pain now thats pretty good.Hope you stick with it and if this one dosnt work out try something new there is alot of meds. out there.My prayers well be with you.
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   Posted 10/6/2008 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kitty most meds for depression do take time to really get into the system and as Karen mentioned the effects are gradual .Try them out for atleast a couple of months and it`s great that you are not experiencing any side effects as most of them do have some.
Is there a chance you can get to see a councillor just to be able to talk to someone is great and really does help .They can also give you different stratogeries on how to deal with every day situations.
I wish you luck .
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   Posted 10/6/2008 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I think Karen hit the nail on the head by saying "No it isn't like some giant fireworks, but you can expect suttle changes". It will take 4-6 weeks to reach full effectivity though so you have a little way to go yet. I think its great that you have finally found a med that suits you and that you are willing to give it a go. Congrats on that front.

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