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    Old 04-26-2006, 07:46 AM   #1
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    Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hi,
    I have been on Cymbalta(a VERY SMALL amount) since October. SInce then I have felt "ok" still anxious but I was very pleased at how I was not depressed atall on it and only slight agitation..........Well for the last month I have been miserable...............Sooooooooooooo depressed and moody and aggitated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is going on? Why can't the med just stay the same and keep working?? I see my DR tomorrow......I am thinking of asking to switch AGAIN(been on them ALL) or add some Prozac or 'something" to this as I can not live like this and it is not fair to my husband and children to have a screaming, depressed shell of a person as their spouse and mother!

    Anyone have any suggetions?

     
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    Old 04-26-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hello there.

    I was on Cimbalta for a few months before Amitriptilne that I'm on now. I did actually go right down on them, but, I have to say that with me, when I look back, I also had people around me that we're hindering any recovery.

    Although my depression is very deep (family stuff) the meds I am on now have helped alot. I had to make alot of changes.

    Weather I was able to change things because of Amitriptiline or would I have had the strength if I'd stayed on Cimbalta. It's a bit like what came first, 'the chicken or the egg'.

    I do have a therapist which has also helped a great deal.

    Take Care and keep posting, it helps. debdough

     
    Old 04-26-2006, 08:59 AM   #3
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Can I ask why you switched meds? What dosage were you on with Cymbalta and what dosage are you taking of Amitriptiline?
    THANKS!

     
    Old 04-26-2006, 09:53 AM   #4
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hi ya

    Just looked upstairs in my bag of old meds!! I can't find the Cimbalta dosage but I am now on 200mg Amitriptiline.

    Because I went so down last year and was probably getting close to hospitalisation, I asked for a change. As I said earlier I'm not sure weather I would have come this far if I'd stayed on them.

    I can tell you that I am doing ok on these, but the real road to recovery came by keeping away from all the negative people I had around me. I guess the saying 'misery loves company' was true in my case being so negative myself at the time.debdough

     
    Old 04-26-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    fusionqueen, what mg are you taking of cymbalta? I am on my 1st week of 60 after taking 30 for a week. I don't really notice anything yet.

     
    Old 04-26-2006, 12:44 PM   #6
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    I am taking 10 mg of cymbalta. I am very med sensitive. I noticed feeling great the first few weeks.........then it sorta wore off and now I am going down hill.

     
    Old 04-26-2006, 05:50 PM   #7
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Wow! That is a small amt. I didn't even know you could get it in that amt. I'm not sure if I'm crazy about cymbalta yet. I don't feel that great and it hasn't done a whole lot for my anxiety problem. I guess I'll stick it out the 8-10 weeks and see what happens.

     
    Old 04-27-2006, 12:05 PM   #8
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Quote:
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    I am taking 10 mg of cymbalta. I am very med sensitive. I noticed feeling great the first few weeks.........then it sorta wore off and now I am going down hill.
    If you felt great at the beginning and then it wore off, that's possibly an indicator to increase your dose. Talk to your prescribing doctor about it. You might want to have a psychiatrist do your rx'ing as they are specialists in meds and mental health. You may already be seeing one, I don't know. But I wondered if maybe the meds you've switched around on were all at a low dose and were never increased? Cymbalta ~should be given at a total dose of 40 mg/day (given as 20 mg, 2x/day) up to 60 mg/day ~, according to some sources.

    Keep us posted,

     
    Old 04-27-2006, 08:42 PM   #9
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hi Fusionqueen,

    Your experience is SOOO similar to mine right now with Cymbalta. I'm more depressed and agitated and am a screaming/bitchy mother and spouse. I, however, have noticed that it is worst about 1 week or so before and after my period. I get relief about a week after my period starts,, but it only lasts about a week to 2 weeks because my cycles are short.

    I had a consultation yesterday with a different psych dr who specializes in Women's Behavioral Health. She wants me to chart my symptoms for another month and I think is then going to try me on something else. I've already been on Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, and Lexapro, and we've determined that WB and Cymbalta make me agitated/anxious, so we may steer away from the AD's that affect norepinephrine. I myself am hoping to maybe try good ol Prozac. I know it's effective for PMS so hopefully..... I won't know for another month.

    Just know that I totally sympathize with you and take it one day at a time. Do you take anything for anxiety? I've been taking Xanax as needed to help with the on edge feeling. It helps to calm me when I feel agitated.

    Also, have you tried to increase the dose. I was taking about half of a capsule to a whole 20mg capsule right before my period. Maybe I need more now, but I'm worried about the agitation increasing and sexual side effects increasing.

    Take care and write soon!

    Chris

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 07:10 AM   #10
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hello Chris,
    I went to my PS Dr yesterday and she said Cymbalta is not that great for the PMS stuff...........I KNOW!! She has me trying to increase it slowly and since I am dealing with EBV and Sjogren's UGH what more can I get..........she gave me Provigil for the fatigue and she said that may help my mood as well. I have not tried it yet........Yes I take Klonopin .5 3x daily and ahve for 11 plus years.........I will never get off that drug! I will say Paxil, zoloft ect all left me with NO PMS at all. IT was great! I will try the provigil tomorrow and see what it does as it has a instant effect.........nothing you have to wait for it to build up. If that does not work we will add a small amount of prozac and see what that one does. SO frusterating!
    Hope you have a wonderful day today......we are stuck in rain for the next 3 days!

    Take care!

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 11:30 AM   #11
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    Hi Fusionqueen,

    What is Provigil?

    Why won't the Dr switch you to Prozac if the Cymbalta isn't good with side effects?

    What happened when you took Paxil and Zoloft? Why did you stop? Weight gain?

    I'm wondering if Prozac will make me gain like Lexapro did. I really don't want to gain weight. I'm still trying to lose like 10-15lbs since my last pregnancy. I gained 60lbs with that pregnancy. I was also on Zoloft at the end and I think that contributed to the weight gain.

    Have you ever asked your doc about using and SSRi with a little Wellbutrin to see if the two are a better mix than one alone?

    I'm entering PMS territory now and for the next week, so wish me luck! I increased my dose after trying to taper off and it seems to be helping.

    Good luck. Keep in touch!

    Chris

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 12:28 PM   #12
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

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    Hi Fusionqueen,

    What is Provigil?

    Why won't the Dr switch you to Prozac if the Cymbalta isn't good with side effects?

    What happened when you took Paxil and Zoloft? Why did you stop? Weight gain?

    I'm wondering if Prozac will make me gain like Lexapro did. I really don't want to gain weight. I'm still trying to lose like 10-15lbs since my last pregnancy. I gained 60lbs with that pregnancy. I was also on Zoloft at the end and I think that contributed to the weight gain.

    Have you ever asked your doc about using and SSRi with a little Wellbutrin to see if the two are a better mix than one alone?

    I'm entering PMS territory now and for the next week, so wish me luck! I increased my dose after trying to taper off and it seems to be helping.

    Good luck. Keep in touch!

    Chris
    First off I wish you luck!! It can be so miserable when you are PMS'ing along with everything else!! I forgot to ask if you are being treated for depression or anxiety or both?? I almost always ahve anxiety and now and then a depression.
    As for meds........
    Welbutrin made me SICK!!
    Paxil was Ok but weight gain
    Zoloft GREAT MOOD but anxious and ALWAYS dizzy!
    Prozac was 13 years ago so I remember taking a whole capsule of 20 mg and I had a MAJOR panic attach and kinda freaked out from it........then took the liquid at about 3 mg with xanax but was still anxious.
    Celexa was awesome and I had NO anxiety or PMS and took it for 3 years....the last year I was a total ranting raving lunatic as it made me so aggitated I was mad at the entire world...........since then I have been looking for that feel normal feeling I had while that worked and hace not found it in 3 years...I have tried going back on Celexa and I am nasty and get panic attacks.......... Lexapro was OK and I gained like 5lbs but still never felt good.......I have a tough time with all these meds and it sucks!! I wish I was one of thoe poeple who can pop 40mg of prozac and life is great! never that easy here!
    Keep me posted on how you do upping your dosage. I just upped my Cymbalta and have been whoozy/dizzy which hopefully will go away quickly.
    Hang in there!

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 02:10 PM   #13
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    fusionqueen, does your dr. want you to stick with the cymbalta? What dose are you moving up to now?
    chrismom, did your doctor say why he/she was not impressed with the cymbalta? My doctor said as more time goes by, it seems to be more promising. Who knows? Maybe he just tells me this to make me feel like there's hope.

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 09:08 PM   #14
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

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    fusionqueen, does your dr. want you to stick with the cymbalta? What dose are you moving up to now?
    chrismom, did your doctor say why he/she was not impressed with the cymbalta? My doctor said as more time goes by, it seems to be more promising. Who knows? Maybe he just tells me this to make me feel like there's hope.
    Am-Dancer,

    Actually, you may have the postings confused, my doc didn't say anything about Cymbalta and not being impressed. I think you are referring to Fusionqueen's Dr saying that it isn't great for PMS.

    The Cymbalta has been the most effective AD for me and I've tried many. It just makes me kind of agitated because of the effect on Norepinephrine I believe. It has drying side effects too. Dry eyes, skin, nails brittle, constipation. I too am at a pretty low dose, but need to increase it before my period.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Good luck.

     
    Old 04-28-2006, 09:14 PM   #15
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    Re: Cymbalta and DEPRESSED!!

    WOW I am amazed with the "dry" issues.........I have been diagnosed with Sjogren's and that has dry eyes and mouth.......I wonder if the drug is making it worse? Intersting..............

    Yes my Dr. wants me to stick it out and up it 1 mg at a time......very difficult as I hve to buy the empty capsules and count the balls inside...........but it does make a differnce. I felt better the last 2 days after upping it ............just hope it holds
    out............

    OH and provigil is a drug for narcolepsy that they use to treat chronic fatigue.......... you can look it up on the web..........I have not had the guts to try it yet!

     
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