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Thursday, December 25th, 2008
8:35 am
Early side effects
So I took my first Cymbalta about 16 hours ago. Already I feel strung out and jittery, have a headache and a dry mouth. I experienced these side effects on Effexor (and worse) and eventually stop taking them because of it. My question is are these only early side effects that go away within a week or so, or do they generally persist? I was started on 60mg, is it possible I should have started on a smaller dose and if so would there be the possibility of less side effects?
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
3:09 pm
Hey everyone. My name's Jacki, and I've been on 60mg of cymbalta for manic depression, anxiety, AND fibromyalgia for probably about 6 months now.
I'd say it's helped a bit, but some days I feel like it does absolutely NOTHING. I still have my days where all I do is cry and feel completely miserable, like I'm teetering on the edge and I don't feel safe alone with myself...
and days where I can barely move because of the pain. I don't understand this, because I'm also on 50mg of tramadol for the pain.

There was about a week when I couldn't afford the $80 co-pay for my cymbalta, and let me tell you, I felt like I was in complete hell. I went about a week without it and by the end of that week, all I could do was lay in bed crying and clawing at myself. If someone dared talk to me, I'd end up screaming at them to not come near me or leave me alone. When I told my doctor about this, he was pretty pissed because I didn't call him, as he would have given me samples. Adbruptly not taking the medication was probably the worst thing I could have done. I never thought withdrawls from meds were REALLY that bad. Apparently it's right up there with being dopesick.

I still feel as though if I never got put on cymbalta, I'd be much much much worse right now.
So basically my feelings on cymbalta are mixed. My mania is still a life-ruiner, but cymbalta has dulled the physical aspect of it a noteable amount. It's only a pill, and I guess it does all it can.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
1:30 pm

I just started cymbalta today. The paxil wasn't working, so here I am.
Just introducing myself - I'm Megan from So Cali.
& I'm sure I'll have lot's of questions and want to talk about your/my experiences with this drug.

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
6:04 pm
Hello all.
I quit taking my Cymbalta almost three weeks ago right after I quit my job (I know, this just gets worse and worse) but I had been wanting to go off it for a while because of a lot of reasons, but mainly I'd been on it for over a year and was on Effexor before that and Lexapro before that and it's been years since my brain was left to its own devices. I admit, I was curious. I just wanted to see what would happen, if all of the crazy would just come back or maybe things would be okay or something.
So I did the stupid thing and just stopped talking it. I know, I know, you're supposed to taper off. It was stupid. I thought of all kinds of ways to justify it: I would be free to wallow around the house for a while since I didn't have a job anymore and I just wanted to get it over with, it couldn't be THAT bad, people do it all the time with heroin, etc... What's the point of dragging it out, you know? I don't even have a psychiatrist right now to talk me out of it (I semi-recently moved to another state).
Anyway, it really wasn't that bad. I mean, I definitely wouldn't recommend it but it was nowhere near as bad as all the stories on the interweb said it would be. At least for the first two weeks. The nausea was bad, there were crying spells, the vertigo/zaps were no worse than skipping a couple days, but I didn't want to die or anything.
Except now it's definitely worse. The zaps are done, which is really nice, and I don't feel sick anymore. But now EVERYTHING makes me cry. EVERYTHING. The father's day ads on tv were killer. I'm also shivering a lot and it's at least 80 degrees out. We don't have AC -- it's nice and toasty in my house and I am shivering.

Is there anyone else here who is actually off Cymbalta or working on going off it or stopped taking it for a while and now is taking it again or whatever? Is there anyone else who stopped taking it the idiot way? Even if you did taper off, how long did the withdrawal stuff last for? I know everyone is different but I thought after three weeks I'd be okay. I'm just trying to get some kind of estimate.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
6:11 pm
As I'd posted a couple of months ago (was it really that long? I can't remember), I've wanted to go off Cymbalta once finishing grad school. I went on Cymbalta my last year of undergrad because I had my own issues related to perfectionism which increased the amount of stress I put on myself and I just couldn't handle it anymore. Looking back, the doctor could have put me on Effexor and saved me a lot of money instead, but oh well. He was one of those doctors that had drug rep stuff all over his office, and I bet he gets a huge payoff for writing scripts for the newest meds like Cymbalta.

Now, 2 years wiser with a masters degree under my belt and a much more steady life situation, I've done a lot of work for myself and I think I'm ready to handle what life throws at me without the use of medication. I've never been diagnosed with clinical anxiety so to speak, but I've had characteristics of generalized anxiety as well as OCD.

I'd been on 60 mg/day for the past 2 years, and a week ago with my doctor's permission, I'm on a lowered dosage of 30 mg/day. I'm going to take this dosage for about 3 weeks so I can get a feel of whether my body really seems to need it or not on a daily level. So far, so good. I've felt no difference except for I've found myself just generally feeling GOOD on this lowered dosage for no real reason. It's nice. I'm looking forward to getting off it completely. My doctor did give me one refill of 30 mg in case I find myself needing it, but at this point, I don't see myself needing it. Like I said, I have a much more stable life situation right now with significantly less stress and a much stronger support system so I think I have better resources for coping with extreme stress.

Good luck to everyone on Cymbalta. I do think going on it was helpful for me because it was a way for me to learn how to cope with things while the meds stabilized the brain chemistry. But also, most of my stress always revolved around how much pressure I put on myself in regard to school stuff. Now that I'm done with my advanced degree, I don't see why I'd put that kind of stress on myself anymore. I have a great job with some fabulous ladies (I'm a counselor and not to be too sexist, but there's not too many male counselors out there), and there's support for me at work if I find myself feeling overwhelmed. But I feel a lot more confident in my abilities now and don't strive for perfectionism in the way I used to.

I'll be glad to just be ME again.
Monday, May 19th, 2008
1:49 pm
Cymbalta and topomax?
Anybody ever mix Cymbalta with Topomax?  I'm ramping up to 60mg of Cymbalta with 200mg of Topomax a day.  It's been a week and I'm bouncing off the walls!! 
Friday, May 16th, 2008
10:51 am

Forgot to take cymbalta this morning... hope this day doesn't suck ...

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
2:33 pm
Side Effects gone...
Took just about a week for the side effects I was experiencing to go away... still have a bit of dry mouth but over all I feel much better!!!  Was not the best few days that is for sure... this stuff is pretty strong... but to anyone experiencing the same just give it a bit of time it gets better. 
Friday, April 25th, 2008
2:12 pm
Can anyone help or comment?  My moods are all over the place...  alternating between anxious and drugged out to feeling pretty good... its kinda driving me up the wall though...  I can't think clearly... has anyone experienced this?  Did it go away?  Please comment if you have felt like this on this drug.  Thankyou 
8:48 am
Day 3
 Kinda had a restless night... a little bit of anxiety.    Feeling not so good today... feel quite out of it at the moment.  Is this normal?

Current Mood: blah
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
11:08 am
Dilated Pupils

Hello all,  Did any of you notice that you got very dilated pupils when taking this drug?  Does it go away after a week or so? ... Second day... so far no crazy sideaffects...

2:29 am
hi everyone.  Today I started taking cymbalta & I've been reading a lot of  posts about weight gain.  Can someone help me out here?  Should I continue to take this drug?  I know I should because my doctor prescribed for me, but I don't want to be one of those horror  stories who gains 30 pounds!  I would much rather lose weight.  Stories/advice appreciated:)
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
9:23 am
First Day...
Hi All...

First day on Cymbalta... never been on any antidepressants before... not sure what to expect.  Hope it works.  

EDIT:  Feeling a bit spacey... no nausea or... bit of an itchy scalp maybe lol...
5:22 am
Hi everyone,

I've been taking Cymbalta 30mg just over a year now and it's been great. Not really any side effects....except I did lose weight on it, which I loved!

My doc recently upped me to 60mg and after reading some stories on here I'm a little scared that I'll gain weight.

What do you all think? Anyone lost weight, like I did, on Cymbalta???
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
5:33 pm
Greetings! Allow me to set the stage. I've been taking Cymbalta since February 2006. I was on 30 mg for about 4 months before I was upped to 60 mg because I was under a lot of additional stress at that time that my body couldn't handle on it's own.

I was not prescribed Cymbalta for depression. I was prescribed it for anxiety (general and OCD). I've done a lot of personal work in regard to my general anxiety as well as my OCD, and I'm at the point where I think I can manage it on my own without medication. I graduate from graduate school this coming May and once the stress of graduate school is gone, I don't see that I'll have nearly the kind of anxiety/stress I've experienced while in graduate school.

I want to get off of Cymbalta because I think I can handle my anxiety myself now without medication. There have been a couple times where I've gone a couple days without taking it because I didn't get my refill in time. Those couple times have consistently left me feeling better/happier/freer than I had felt in a long time. I genuinely liked the way I felt off the medication more than I felt while on the medication. Cymbalta seems to dull the sheer feeling of pure joy for me. It doesn't mean I can't be happy, but I've found I feel more pure happiness for no real reason (not manic-like or anything) off the Cymbalta than on it.

I took Nortriptyline for many years for a medical issue unrelated to depression, however stress and depression would make the medical issue worse. Long story short, I hated the stuff and just stopped taking it once I got to college. I didn't experience withdrawal effects from coming off a tricyclic. Granted, I've never tried permanently cutting off an SSNRI, but I'm wondering if you guys think it would be better or worse than permanently cutting off a tricyclic.

I've read the bad stories about stopping Cymbalta cold turkey as well as tapering it off. I'll still be calling my psychiatrist of course, but I wanted to get the opinion of people who have taken this specific medication and are personally familiar with how it's affected them. When I started Cymbalta, my worst side effect was a week's worth of nausea. Medication doesn't usually hit me with bad side effects going on them; I wonder if the same could be true in reverse.
Friday, March 21st, 2008
11:36 pm
hello! I just read in my informational insert that clinical studies have not shown any evidence that dosages larger than 60mg benefit major depressive disorder. my doc believes I have some sort of dysthymia and "double depression" going on, and put me on cymbalta about five weeks ago. she bumped me up to 90mg last tuesday and I have not noticed much of a difference, though I guess the jump from 30mg to 60mg was not immediately drastic either. also wondering if I am not feeling full effects yet in general as it settles into my system, but has anyone else taken more than 60mg and noticed anything interesting, improvement or lack thereof?

hope you are all doing okay.

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
11:45 am
For those who experienced loss of appetite when starting Cymbalta, how long did this last?

If my dosage is upped to 60mg should I expect the side effects I experienced on 30mg to be twice as bad, or about the same?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
11:22 pm
hello! its the "I'm new!" post! anyone else happen to be starting cymbalta or started recently? I took my first 30mg about six hours ago, heh, so far so good. after suffering from symptoms of depression and anxiety for, oh, all of my 28 years, things had gotten pretty bad again so I decided to try a psychiatrist. she was very nice today, by the way, and funny, I felt comfortable with her. we talked for a long time and weighed options, and I decided to try the medication route again. I tried paxil and then effexor about five years ago with the help of my medical doctor but those weren't stellar experiences. I have been trying yoga, exercising more often, paying attention to my eating habits and what helps, meditation with some relief but my physical symptoms have persisted. I am to take 30 for a week and then try 60 if all goes well, with a review appointment in a month. its been interesting to read all of the posts so far, I look forward to comparing notes as time goes on.


Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
3:48 pm
Adding wellbutrin
I've been on Cymbalta since Mar 06 and it has worked pretty good for me. Generally, the effects of the drug would "wear down" and then we'd up the dose. Well, I'm on 90 mg/day now and that has worn down too.

I asked again for my GP to add Wellbutrin (150 mg/day) to the Cymbalta, and I think it's working better. In fact, it's curious because my night sweats have come back. Soooo...hopefully it's working again.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
12:03 pm
curious about cymbalta
hi! i am so glad to have found this group, as i have been looking for advice on cymbalta, and am pleased to see there is somewhere to turn. so a little about me and my quest.

i'm early 30's. i'm a life-long sufferer of MDD with ADD and anxiety disorder. i've only been medicated for the past 8 years. i began with zoloft, working up to 100mg/day before that "pooped out" on me (the actual phrase my former psych. used!). next was lexapro, 40mg/day. after that, wellbutrin, but that i had bad side effects with. right now i am on effexor xr 150mg/day, and it too, surprise surprise, is starting to "poop out" (aka: is no longer effective).

i'm one of the few people who will have to be medicated my entire life. this is indisputable. i'm okay with that, i would just like to find something that works consistently and doesn't just stop working after a year or two. it's getting very frustrating to always be wondering when my drugs are going to be ineffective again.

why i am here: i just recently moved, and i am wary of going through the whole finding-a-new-psychiatrist thing. my GP prescribes my antidepressants for me in the interim, and next time i go, i'd like to go armed with information. i've printed stuff out from the cymbalta website, but i;d like to hear from real people.

does it work for you? what else have you tried? will you have to be medicated your whole life, or only for a short period? what are the side effects you've experienced?

thanks for your time, i look forward to the replies.
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