I did this, switch from Paxil to Cymbalta. I started by taking my paxil every other day (twice) and then skipped a day... and the next day took my first cymbalta instead. I did really well switching, no withdrawal or side effects. The cymbalta started really well for me.. but I had loss of appetite the first 2 weeks and I would maybe eat once a day, no interest in food. And then, after that I would eat and get sick. Stomach ache and throwing up, so I stopped eating all together. I lived off of gatorade exclusively for 2 weeks. When I tried eating after that I seemed okay for a few days until I had to get off the cymbalta(i was having severe panic attacks) and the withdrawal caused the same thing to happen all over again, I couldnt eat for another week. I have lost just over 10 lbs from not eating so much and I still dont have much interest in food. I just started Prozac and so far havent gotten sick or anything.
Switching shouldnt be a big deal really, at least it wasnt for me... I think they are fairly similar so perhaps that helps soften the blow. I just hope it works a lot better to you than it did for me. It was the first time EVER that I had had side effects that bad from a medicine and had to call the doctor and get off immediately. I have never had any problem with ANY medicine until that one. But, we are all different and it could be the perfect one for you! Just have to try and see..
Good luck! And I hope it works well for you!
Lyrica (15 months-quit Feb. 09), Paxil (10 months-quit 6-4-09), Started Cymbalta 6-6-09(horrible effects on me), Rozerem, Melatonin Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks-currently in therapy-new pdoc-possible Borderline Personality Disorder...
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