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gorgee 08-30-2008 08:56 AM

one day taking lexapro, then the next cymbalta, is this ok?
I recently changed my pcp and I am very thankful for doing so. I got so much more help with my first visit with my new doctor than I did from most of my old ones put together.

Here is my question, I have been on Lexapro for 5 years or so, and I have chronic pain along with depression and anxiety. When my chronic pain started last year I asked my doctor if I could switch to Cymbalta, and go off of Lexapro, he said I could but I would have to go off lexapro completely, that meant the nasty withdrawals even with tapering. I have gone off of Lexapro once to have my second son, and it was terrible. It was not as bad as effexor but still bad enough for me to promise myself that I would stay on the antidepressant for a long time. Anyway, I was disappointed that I could not go on cymbalta, I have read and heard a lot of people say it is a wonder drug for pain and depression. I never brought it up again.

I met with my new doctor the other day, I was so nervous she would not take on my care, but she did, and she offered me cymbalta to take instead of lexapro. My head spun around, I was excited, a possibility to feel better, and I told her my old doctor said I could not take it unless I went off of lexapro completely, and I think he even said I would need to wait a time period for it to be out of my system like 2 weeks. She said, "no you can take cymbalta starting tomorrow, you just can't take them both at the same time." So I stopped taking lexapro on Thursday, and I am on day 2 of cymbalta. I am hopeful that it will help me.

My husband went on Cymbalta for a couple of months, and had some side effects, like raciness, and lack of libido, but it helped him with depression and pain. He had the same side effects on Lexapro.

I am excited and wondering if anybody else has had a similiar experience?

Thank you,


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