I noticed that you said you are taking Cymbalta. My doc gave me a sample of this but I haven't taken it. Instead I started Lexapro, which I'm not happy with. What kind of side effects are you haveing on it? I have the usual crappy side effects from all the SSRI'S. I would love your input. Thank you
Yeah, I am on cymbalta now and doing wonderful. For the first three days, I had a little trouble sleeping, felt kinda wierd, and had hardly any appetite (which is good for me because I used to eat way to much). Now, my appetite is under control and what I would consider normal. The side effects weren't that bad at all, but after three days I thought about giving up on them. Luckily, I made the decision to stick with cymbalta and gradually I got better and better. If I accidently miss a dose even one day, I start showing signs of how I used to be depressed (abnormal behavior, crying, etc.). I also took lexapro for a good six months, and sometimes I thought it was slightly working but as I look back I realize it wasn't doing much at all. Also, effexor works on the same two chemicals in your brain as cymbalta, but when I took effexor I cried horribly, uncontrollably, and even went to the hospital. Kinda weird. I push for cymbalta since it works for me, but I guess you have to give any medication time to see if it works. One more thing, I am on a low dose of lithium to even things out with the cymbalta. Lithium is given to some bipolar people. Whether I am bipolar or not remains a question, but it COULD be the reason why cymbalta is working and effexor didn't, because I was not on lithium with effexor. However, I do not think that is the case. Please keep me updated, I like to help in any way I can. I was so depressed/ stressed that I had to quit my job, drop out of college, and get on Social Security just to survive. Now, I am hoping to get back to college soon and looking forward to doing things again. Also, I noticed that when I tried to go out to clubs/ bars like "normal" people my age, I got even more depressed. When I started sticking to doing what I needed to do for myself I began to get better as well. I even had to "drop" some so-called friends because I am very influential and they encouraged me to make some bad decisions. Hope to hear from you soon.
Tonya what about sexual side effects? Wellbutrin is the only one I know about that actually makes you want it more lol. I tell you that is the biggest dang complaint I have with the SSRI'S. Man I hate that. I'm on Lexapro now and couldn't care less if I do it or not. How's Cymbalta with that part?
After about two weeks, sex drive actually increased. For about the first week I couldn't get there at all (lol) then all of a sudden it was more sensitive and made me want it more. When I upped the dose to its maximum, same thing happened. About three days of frustration, then better than before. It did take longer though (not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing). Hope this helps.
Okay well I may talk to my doctor about it. I have been tapering off of the Lexapro and today I got so dizzy and nausous that I had to come home and take a nap. Thanks for the info, I will let you know. I really think I need to try something though I get even more depressed during the winter so I don't need to go without. Thanks again