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   Posted 3/5/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if anyone can give me some feedback on taking Cymbalta.  My doctor has suggested I take it but am worried about side effects.  So has anyone taking it gained alot of weight?  Constipation???  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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   Posted 3/5/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont have any experience with this med but I am sure someone will be by later to post for you.
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   Posted 3/5/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   

if its expensive for you I would try a cheaper antidepressant which likely will be as good

if you can find any antidepressant that works for your anxiety it will help a lot and side effects are generally worth living with

no one can predict what, if any side effects you may have, they usually stop after a few weeks when and if the med starts working

antidepressants dont cause any weight alteration
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   Posted 3/5/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I take it for chronic pain and depression, and while it doesn't work, I don't have any side effects after the fatigue faded after a week or two. If anything, I've lost weight due to decreased appetite. Withdrawal is supposed to be pretty brutal.

Dx: FMS/CMP/DDD - 2 ACFs with more to follow.
Rx: Cymbalta, Soma, Baclofen, Ambien, and lots of Lortab. Percocet if I'm a real wreck.

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   Posted 3/6/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Cymbalta works much like Effexor XR (at higher doses) and is similar in side effects. Like any antidepressant, it is effective, but everyone is different in how they do on it. Unfortunately, like Effexor, it can be very difficult to wean off due to its short half-life.
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