been on cymbalta for 10 days-just started experiencing dizziness

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   Posted 8/7/2017 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking 30mg of Cymbalta 10 days ago for my depression. I initially didn't have a whole lot of side effects but last night I took my 10th dose around 9pm and at 11pm started experiencing weird vertigo and just an overall weird head feeling. Just went to sleep figuring it would go away and I woke up with the same weird feeling. I have really bad anxiety as well and this is just increasing that anxiety. Is it normal for a side effect to come out of nowhere? I am fairly new on the medication and I'm not sure if my body is just getting used to it or not. Thanks in advice for your replies!

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   Posted 8/7/2017 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leeleee423,

Welcome to the depression forum.

It probably is just your body getting use to the medication. But as with any medication, it is always good to let the doctor's office know what is going on. Especially if it is bothersome or worrisome.

I hope that the Cymbalta works well for you.

Hang in there...

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 8/7/2017 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Leelee - I just googled "cymbalta vertigo" and got a bunch of hits. Most are from online medical encyclopedias like rxlist and webmd. But if you try it look for links to other depression forums and threads you will find other people reporting similar experiences.

I have been on Effexor for three months now, never took an A/D before. Side effects started after a week or two then changed after a month. Looking in other forums I found others with the same side effects, which were listed as "rare" on the usual medical websites, but other people said they had it so I didn't worry. Told my doctor so he could document it.

What I read and hear from others is that Cymbalta is a good A/D and is widely used. It is frequently prescribed for those with chronic osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, and I was given a choice between Effexor which is more of a head drug for PTSD and such, or Cymbalta which is more of a nerve drug, but both are related and very similar... and are very effective. But it does take some time to level off and also to find the right dosage for each individual.

Good luck Leelee.

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   Posted 8/7/2017 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Medications impact each of us differently. Itg can take time to discover which kind of AD reacts best with our chemistry, other medications,etc.

30 mg. is a very small dose of Cymbalta. Generally, side effects within the first month will change and/or resolve themselves. It is your body getting used to the new medication on board. It can be frustrating to have to wait to find out whether or not the medication will work well for you. But hang in there.

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   Posted 8/7/2017 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I was on Cymbalta 300 mg per day for 3yrs. I did experience dizziness.

I started to drink 32oz of water a water, it helped tremdously.

I am now on Effexor, same side effect, still drinking the water. it still helps.

We are all different, it may pass for you. Talk to your doc.

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