Cymbalta for 2nd time

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   Posted 8/28/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new here and never posted in a forum, so forgive any faux paux. I recently quit taking Cymbalta and had the worst side effects ever. My doctor had me try several meds that did not work, so I'm on Cymbalta again.

The first time I was prescribed Cymbalta I had a horrible time adjusting. I took 30 mg in the am and felt like I was in a fog, blurry vision and no sleep. Ambien, nothing helped. Eventually I adjusted and it worked great. I regret thinking I knew more than my doc and asked to go off.

I've done a lot of research, this site and wacky meds were the best info wise. I began taking 30 mg last night with a 100 mg Trazadone. Slept great and upon waking, I did not have those horrible anxious thoughts, depression right away. I did yawn and was sleepy but if this is all that happens, thank You God!

I am nervous the side effects will worsen but since I've been laid off work (thus the added anxiety and depression) I thought this was the perfect time to go back on it.

Going to continue to try to take it at night, praying it won't be like the first time. OH not only was I less anxious but had less pain until later in the day. The pain is from a car accident.

Thanks so much to everyone for their thoughts and experiences. This is a wonderful site.

BrianJ (bne)
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   Posted 8/28/2012 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Abizzygirl,

and welcome to the forum! There are no 'faux pauxs' here. It's good to hear you went back on your meds. Many people try to stop and invariably find it to be a mistake. If your Doc prescribes something and you take, always consult him/her before stopping. As you found out the side effects of stopping 'cold turkey' can often be terribly unsettling.

Remember that nearly all meds take some time to be fully effective and your system also takes time to adjust - particularly to sleep meds. I take Amitriptyline at bed time to help me get to sleep (it also helps with the Fibro pain) and it took a while for the drowsiness the next day to wear off but over time it has abated. Perhaps you will find the same with your Trazadone.

Just know that it all takes time. With regard to being laid off and the anxiety that comes with it - I was in this spot some 10 yrs ago with a family, house etc - try to stay in the moment, take one day at a time. Things ALWAYS work out!

If I find myself worrying I ask these questions: 'Can I do anything about the problem right now? Will it cause me trouble today?' The answer is more often than not, No. So then I give it up, let go of the worry and live in the moment. Worrying about something you cannot change is painful and unnecessary and will only add to your anxiety.

The Serenity Prayer has been used over and over but has true merit:

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."

Again, welcome to the forum and please, return whenever you like even if it's just to vent. There is a Daily Check-in 'sticky' forum here and I encourage you to use it. The people here are the best of the best in every way and have helped me more than they'll ever know. Keep coming back!

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You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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getting by
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   Posted 8/28/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

And welcome to the depression forum. I really liked what Brian said in his post about living in the moment. I think it helps so much especially where anxiety is present. When we continously go back to the what ifs and so forth. We have to take things as they come, and only as they come. And try to relax and go with the flow.

Do keep posting. Know we are all here for you...

Hope that you feel better...

Remember it takes six to eight weeks for antidepressents to reach their full potential. By then most of the side effects are gone. Unless you are like me, and they come later on. Which probably wont happen. The meds would work fantastic until about 8 weeks into it, then I would get the side effects. Most people get them within the first two weeks. Then they go away. Not my luck. But I have been on pristiq now for quite some time and it is working well.

Take care...

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/29/2012 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Brian and Karen for you responses!

Brian mention daily check-in but when I got there it was locked. Is there another place to go? Brian, I have gone through what you're experiencing for 12 years and in that forum, I'd love to reply.

Karen, medications work differently for me. They usually begin quite quickly, with side effects hitting within a day or so. Good and bad. Last night I didn't not sleep as well and am extremely exhausted but am able to push away anxious thoughts easier. I guess it's really mind chatter that I have a terrible time shutting off and I become very negative and deressed and close down.

Thanks to you both for your replies.

Depression, anxiety, chronic pain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain~
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