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   Posted 6/21/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone here dealing with anxiety able to deal with it with benzos alone?  I can't.  I'm feeling really nervous cause I have another drs appt today.  I've been on cymbalta for the past year and don't think it helps at all.  I've also been on klonopin at night.  My anxiety has been under control for the past year and a half and then a couple weeks ago it came back.  I started to see this new doc and he has me taking klonopin two times a day.  This is getting rid of all the anxiety.  It takes some of the edge off but it makes me sleepy.  I don't want him to tell me to take more.  Can it be the darn cymbalta.  I've been on paxil, lexapro, effexor, and wellbutrin.  Paxil was the only help but it caused major weight gain which caused major depression.  What now?  Do you think if i switch from cymbalta to something else I'll be back to normal.  I hate this so much.  I am the type of person who runs from my problems and I can't run and hide from this.  This anxiety is taking its toll on me and I really don't want to live with this constant fear.  I mean 6 years ago when this 1st started I got back to my old self.  I even went on a cruise.  I used to be afraid to leave my house and I went on a cruise.  I can't imagine doing that right now.  How do I get back to that girl?

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   Posted 6/21/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there
YES i do find that just benzo's work for me and there are others here that are on them as well if you can ask your doc to add a different  benzo to your cymbalta it might help
Just my opinion
Others have not c/o too much about tiredness with other benxos
I hope someone will come along and give you more info
Stay with us hun

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   Posted 6/21/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

I take cymbalta.....................I take 60 mg 2 X per day.  My Pdoc said the literature on cymbalta is coming back indicating the original 60 mg max dose was found to be under dosing.

I also take Trazadone 150 mg for sleep and am weaning off the benzo, that is just my mix.

What works for me may not work for someone else, so please do see your physician to gain for a new perspective on your meds.

Stay with us................and keep posting.


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   Posted 6/21/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   

it helps to gradually up the antidepressant doses as often a higher dose will work

benzos help too but the dose must be got right

you also need to learn CBT, that is new ways of calming and relaxing yourself

antidepressants dont cause weight gain or loss, its an old wives tale

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   Posted 6/21/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
...of course you've been on medication long enough to know that you should never change your dosage outside of the supervision of a doctor.

Because antidepressants effect the way your mind functions, there certainly can be change in appetite. As my pdoc says "The mind is an incredible thing when it works the way it's supposed to."

I sounds me like you had good results with the Paxil - but maybe you didn't address some of the other dimensions of your emotional health. Medication is just one aspect. A good counselor, self help, etc combined with the right antidepressant (and the right dosage!) to allow your brain to function the way it's supposed to is a recipe for improvement. Don't give up...things can get better!
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