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Old 05-31-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Question Off Cymbalta now on to Zoloft...

Hey everyone, I don't usually start threads but I do occasionally posts replies. However, now I feel as though some members can help me out (I sure hope so!). I'm a 52yo male and I've been on Oxy for the past 5-8 years for chronic next pain. Recently my Mom passed (it's now been a little over a year ago) from a long battle with MS, she was 72. As one would expect, I suffered some depression for awhile but when it (along with whatever else) got onto 9 months later and I'd start crying out of the blue and feeling like crap, I reached out for help. I've now been seeing a therapist about once a week for the past two to three months or so. It's helped but the decision was made to start on an anti-depressant. The doc picked Cymbalta and explained how hit or miss the meds for depression are. I told her I was quite familiar with it after living with an ex who was bi-polar for 27 years (BP the last 10-15 years). She went through so many drug variations, I don't even know. So, again - I get it.

So, fast forward a bit and last Sunday/Monday I started getting a neck/headache like no other I've ever experienced! I had been on 60mg for 3-4 weeks and I was flat out from Sunday night through Wednesday. Needless to say, I stopped taking the Cymbalta immediately and have now been off it 7 days. I'm better with minimal side effects, yeah!!

Today, the doc replaced the Cymbalta with the generic version of Zoloft (insurance requires the generic). Once the headaches started with the Cymbalta, I started to research this site and others for what was going wrong. I was 99% sure it was the Cymbalta after reading tons of posts with similar problems. I truly feel I made a good decision to stop it. But now I fear the Zoloft for similar reasons. I'm aware many CP'ers are also on anti-depression meds and are the ones to pose this question to, so here I am.

What am I getting into and is there hope this could work? Any side effects anyone's experienced I should pay particular attention to. I am obviously aware of the sexual ones and if they aren't too bad, I can live with it. My wife and I aren't what you'd call, active. I'm really hoping you guys can help me out. Thank you so much!!
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