Cymbalta and appetite?

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   Posted 5/27/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
So for those of you on Cymbalta, I was wondering if any of you found your appetite decreasing? Since the very first day I've found that my appetite has decreased to the point I'm eating about half of what I used to. Not that that's a bad thing. It's actually a very good thing. :) I don't own a scales, but I've already noticed a change in my face (the first place where I notice either weight gain or loss). My husband went out of town and when he came back he's like "Did you eat anything at all?" He thought there was no change in the refrigerator contents. LOL. I had eaten, and had eaten a minimum of 2 meals a day (my average for the last 30 years) and some days even 3. I just didn't go out of my way to cook because it was just me. I was just wondering if anyone else had noticed this.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed a decrease as well, my hubby keeps telling me I need to eat more than what I am putting on my plate but usually can not finish that. Like you its not a bad thing.....yet : ) I have only been on cymbalta for a couple of weeks though maybe mine will settle down soon.
Take care

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   Posted 5/27/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have decreased appetite but I have only been on it a short time. Supposedly, it is 'weight gain neutral' so I am thinking the lack of appetite will go away. Partly, for me, I think I am still experiencing some of the early nausea that people talk about. I am taking advantage of it for now. LOL.

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   Posted 5/27/2011 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had nausea on the first day I took 30 mg, and on the first day I took 60mg, but otherwise no more. I'm not experiencing any nausea, and I do get hungry. Just when I eat, I don't eat as much. Some foods don't seem to interest me quite as much, but really not enough to say it's significant. But yeah, I don't mind at all. :D I kinda hope it hangs around, myself.

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   Posted 5/28/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Teresa,

I lost about 30lbs while on Cymbalta - but I seem to have reached a plateau. When I first started taking the Cymbalta, I had nausea so bad, I was afraid to move. I kept thinking "if there is any movement from my body today, I am going to hurl". Which would be tough to do...I had stomach surgery that left me unable to physically vomit. I don't think hurling would be fun.

anyways, that's my long winded answer. Hope your body starts to settle down permanently.

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   Posted 5/28/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been wondering about the weight issue with Cymbalta, I am on 60 for 6 weeks now, no help in the pain department, but it has helped depression -- yeah! I have lost 20 pounds during my current bipolar "episode" and was hoping that I would be able to keep the weight off, on Depakote too and that is supposed to make you balloon with weight, on low dose so we will see. I kept 10 pounds on from each child after they were born, so in essence I have lost 2 of my baby weights, I have one to go :) but if I can stay at this weight I will be happy, down a dress size, did not think that would happen! We will see though, I do wish Cymbalta would help with my pain as that is very intense, I had hopes but nothing yet. Since it has been 6 weeks I am sure that if it was going to stop pain it would have by now.

What dose are you on and how long did it take to help with pain? I am not excited to up my dose any :(
Bipolar II - Second Opinion Diagnosed 4/11/2011
Fibromyalgia - Diagnosed 12/2009
Zoloft 1996-2002?
Paxil 20mg 2002?-2011
Paxil 30mg 1/28/11-4/4/11 -- back down to 20mg :(
Switching Meds:
4/11/11 Paxil 20mg; Cymbalta 30mg nightly
4/18/11 Paxil 10mg; Cymbalta 60mg nightly
4/24/11 No Paxil; Cymbalta 60mg nightly
Depakote upped to 750mg 5/17/11
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   Posted 5/30/2011 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm I wish I had that for a side effect when I took Cymbalta 5 years ago. I had an increase of appetite. I gained about 20 lbs, but once I stopped the Cymbalta, I lost the weight. This is the reason why I refused to continue taking it because I was gaining too much weight so I stopped it. Terrible withdrawals, but manageable. My aunt is taking Cymbalta. It helps her a lot w/ the FM and depression, and she has gained a lot of weight on it as well, but the feeling better overrules the weight gain so she will continue it. Good Luck...

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   Posted 6/1/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teresa,
I started Cymbalta in April, and I too experienced a decrease in appitite... which for me is not a bad thing as I'm still trying to shed baby weight from 3 years ago!  I've found that there are days when I am more hungry... usually the week before my period, but since my doctor just changed my pill to one that you take daily for 3 months, and only have 4 periods a year... it's hard to tell if that is going to continue, or if the decreased appitite will continue too. 
In any case... hope the Cymbalta works for you... took me abotu 3 weeks to really get used to the side effects... now I feel much less dizzy and nausiated than I did when I first started it, and it does seem to help wiht the Fibro pain and the anxiety as well.
Good luck and gentle hugs.
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