After years of successfully taking Cymbalta in a combo of 1 30 meg cap & 1 60 mg cap totally 90 megs every a.m., depression has broken through heavily and I must do something to aid this challenge. This has been a GREAT medication for the total crippling & most painful affects of Fibromyalgia .. not as great for depression. I've already gone the Effexor and Lexapro route so can't use these again. Thank you for any input that can aid me. By the way, I'm a 26 and 3/4 year Traumatic Brain Injury survivor whose brain no longer produces its' own serotonin and a great number of the neurotransmitters - bridges - in my brain, were destroyed. I'm blessed to [a] be alive [b] not having become a paraplegic due to severe brainstem damage and [c] have my iq level come back to a very acceptable number. Again, thank you for any helpful suggestions.
I also take Cymbalta for fibromyalgia. It helps a bit with depression but I specifically take Celexa for that as it is a SSRI. I have bipolar so I also take other meds to treat that. Having been treating both of these conditions over many years I have yet to come across any single drug that will effectively treat both. You may want to consult not just a psychiatrist but a pain management doctor like I do, they both kind of work together so there are no drug interactions and each issue gets treated appropriately. Good luck to you, I feel your pain, believe me.
So sorry to hear of your brain injury, thankful you're alive, but there's no miracle pill that will cover all the symptoms of Fibro and also treat depression. I took Cymbalta for years and didn't really get the benefit some do from it, so I weaned off. I currently take 4 different meds to combat depression and anxiety and 5 for my chronic pain. Each symptom seems to need a new med. I suggest you speak with your doctor and let him know your feelings. If your brain doesn't produce Serotonin I would definitely get in and find out what will work best. I didn't like Effexor or Lexapro either. God Bless and keep us posted!
Hi catgoil, I am so sorry that you are having problems finding the right Rx that helps your problems. I don't take medications, but do take herbal supplements that work well for many problems, including those that you mentioned. The one I like most is in the PDR(desk reference for doctors). It is made by Synergyworldwide and the product is ProArgi9. I would be glad to help you though this difficult time. Thanks for considering the natural way.
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