Switching from zoloft to cymbalta...

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   Posted 1/24/2013 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Zoloft 50mg in the A.M. and about ready to switch to Cymbalta 30mg once per day. This is basically my idea, my PCP doesn't know squat about depression meds in my opinion. Long story on why I still see her...live in Alaska....have depression and anxiety from Lyme disease...no specialists up here...blah blah.

I researched Cymbalta quite a bit and it seems most Lyme patients tolerate it pretty well. My Aunt is on it and finds that it works for her, and my cousin is on Pristiq (another SNRI, but not approved to treat GAD) and it works really well for her. So that's why I want to switch because the Zoloft is doing nothing, and every time I try to increase my dose I get really irritable.

Anyway...my PCP said drop to Zoloft 25mg for 1 week and then start the Cymbalta 30mg the next day. Does this sound right? Also she didn't have any suggestions on whether to take it A.M. or P.M. The Lyme makes me super sensitive to med changes so I want to do this as smoothly as possible. Any suggestions would be very helpful. I also take Seroquel 50mg at bedtime and Klonopin 1mg/day.

Thanks for the help!

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 1/25/2013 3:11:58 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/25/2013 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I gave your thread a title, you will get more responses that way.

Cymbalta also relieves pain so that should be good for you. It is just known for being a hard medication to switch off of. Or go off of. But you will probably be taking it for some time... My friend just got on it and is already feeling better. I hope it works for both of you.

The switch sounds pretty good. I am not sure but it seems 30mg is the starting point, or 20.

I am sorry that it is hard to find the doc you need. I take pristiq, I really like it. I found that it works well for me.

I hope that things work out for you. Do keep posting, know that we all care about you here. Have a wonderful day...

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   Posted 1/25/2013 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Sorry there are no Psych up there, guess you are not near Anchorage.

I take 200mg of cymbalta 100 in am and 100 at dinner time. cymbalta does have a side effect that will cause insomnia so you want to take in the am if possible.

I take so many other meds it does not matter in may case. So I take at dinner and my night time meds let me sleep.

drink lots of water with the cymbalta, it causes nausea and drys you out.

Hope this helps.
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