... withdrawl from?
Cymbalta - I have taken several different meds for depression but never had what I would call a?
- 23 Oct 2012 by Rena931945
- 29 Oct 2012
- cymbalta, depression, pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs), chronic pain
Added 24 Oct 2012:
I just started on the Cymbalta a few days ago 60 mg. I had been on Prozak 40 mg for a long time. The Cymbalta seems to be helping, my thoughts seem clearer some way, hard to explain. And it is having a remarkable effect on my pain level. The relief from the pain is worth giving it a chance. I hope I don't come to regret it. The medical world is crazy, I have taken Lortab 10 off and on for years and have never had any withdrawl even after taking them for months at a time. Now they put me on Cymbalta which sounds like there will be a withdrawl from it and I am taking Lyrica 50 mg twice a day and Adderall 60 mg a day for narcolepsy and ADD. I know I have to be careful of the serotonin syndrome too. It is such a relief not to be in as much pain that I guess I will have to take the chance. ............Has anyone taken the combination of Cimbalta 60 mg, Lyrica 50 mg x 2 and Adderall 60 mg.??? ...And has anyone else had withdrawl from other antidepressants???
I am 67 years old, female and have dealt with narcolepsy with no meds most of my life, depression that about pushed me over the edge a number of times and so much pain I consider it a miracle that I haven't lost my mind just from it.. The doctors give out these new drugs that can have so many side effects, some very serious, but they don't want to give me 3 Lortab 10 a day because I might get addicted. It is scarey. I guess that is why they say the doctors have a practice. (And we are the ones they practice on.)
Thanks for all of the response. I sure know I have company in this crazy world of medications. Rena
Added 24 Oct 2012:
Just wanted to ad that all I am looking for is to have a little quality to the life I have left. I have suffered enough and I am so tired of being treated like I am a fruit cake and drug addict because I am trying to be a productive, somewhat self sufficient person. I wish there was some way for the doctors to really walk a mile in our shoes. I bet there would be a change of attitude.
I have taken cymbalta for depression. My expriecene was not good. It caused very morbid dreams & i got to where i could not realize what was real & dream. Made my craziness worse. Now i an trying Viibryd 40mg. So far i not sure how its working. My depression has gettin worse. Good luck!
I have been taking Cymbalta for depression now for a few years with good results and no side effects. It has not helped with my back pain, so I am not sure how they came up with that. For depression I have recommended it others in my family and it is working for them too. Good luck and keep trying something will work.
I was on 120 mgs of Cymbalta for depression and nerve pain. It took me 18 months to slowly withdraw from it - six months for 60 mgs, then I had to wait six months to see if it was making my depression worse (it wasn't) then another six months to get off the other 60 mgs. It was the only way to avoid all the withdrawal symptoms - to go very slowly. Best wishes for you! ElizaJane
i would applaud you for trying to have a better quality of life. I also take an SNRI anti-depressant which is what Cymbalta is. No other medication has ever helped my depression and it has literally saved my life.
Yes, some people do have problems withdrawing from it. Three of my friends and I have gone off of it without problems. And two of the friends did not taper off gradually. But all of the people that complain about the withdrawal go off of it way too quickly. Don't necessarily trust your doctor's judgement on how fast to go off of it from the unhappy people on-line.
Usually these anti-depressants do take a good 4 weeks to have any beneficial results, so don't judge that it's not working if you have depression or more pain. EffexorXR is the one that I take. When I was nearly suicidal, just increasing the dose completely took away my depression. I had so much pain and such a terrible quality of life that I didn't think any drug could help me, but it did. It also helped some with my severe migraine pain after I increased it. It took 4 weeks for the increase to take effect.
So I sincerely hope that you will give the medication a good try. Respond back to me if you have any questions.
Hey Rena, and I understand what you are saying. Sometimes the pain just gets to be plain OLD, and ENOUGH already. I totally get that!! I also understand why you would want to try anything to get out of pain. What you have read above is that most people feel the same way, and have tried everything also, including me. Cymbalta and Lyrica, and most other pain med substitutes have many side effects, and are difficult for SOME to get off. Others have no problems. Some people they helped, others they did not help. Really it's up to your own personal genetic make up whether a med will help you or not, whether you will have difficulty getting off of it, or not. There is nothing wrong with taking pain meds for pain if they help you. Actually, they have the least side effects of all the other meds put together.
If the pain meds aren't helping you, then I understand why you are looking further into other meds. One thing that has helped me has been counseling with a PAIN specialist. This is a woman who only counsels patients who are in chronic pain, and she understands what I am going through. The other thing that helps me with the pain is diversion. Getting my mind off of the pain. Sometimes that is very difficult to do, but it can be done. WAtching a good movie, reading a great book, getting out of the house and doing something, anything, is good for pain control. Meditation helps, and lastly light exercise. It might not help immediately, and it is darn hard to get up to go out and exercise, but it does help, I PROMISE!!! Best wishes to you, and I hope that you find the answers that you are looking for.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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