I am 23 years and female. I have been prescribed 30 MG of Cymbalta for anxiety. My anxiety isn't so much panic attack as everyday constant take of fear. It has completely taken over my life. From checking my heart rate and to having trouble taking head ache medicine because of side effects. Some days I can barley eat because of it. Of course having anxiety makes it hard to take an antidepressant. I have asthma and I have read that it could be dangerous. Plus I'm over weight, I have lost 43 pounds and I don't plan on taking anything that will reverse that. I'm very nervous about it raising my blood pressure or my heart rate. The side effects scare the hell out of me. All that put a side I can not live like this, being anxious and sad all the time. I have missed family vacations, parties, etc. I just want to feel normal again. My anxiety started 7 months ago and has completely taken over my life. So I guess my question is how do I get over this fear or should I listen to my gut and not take this medicine?
First let me say I know what you are going thru. It will get better so keep hanging in there ♡
You are going to get a lot of different answers to this question. Everyone is different & react differently to medications. With that being said, I tried a lot of different medications for my symptoms. Depression & anxiety. I had to help my psychiatrist play detective. I tried Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Prozac & Xanax. I was at my lowest point in life & Cymbalta totally brought me out of it. I take 60 mg of Cymbalta 1x daily & 7.5 mg of Buspirone 2x daily. I didn't drive for 2 weeks after starting the Buspirone because I needed my body to adjust. Luna, I smile again & I have hope again. I'm finally free of that cloud over me.
I want you to understand that you won't know unless you try. I am wishing you the absolute best. ❤
Hello Luna, I know how you feel. I take anxiety and panic panic attacks there is a difference in the two and I've took Zoloft, Prozac, Pazill, Buspar, and others I've believe I've tried them all. I take 2mg clonazepam now. I told my doctor I wasn't depressed more stress I didn't feel like doin nothing I slept a lot started 3 mths ago I told her all I've tried visc versed she asked if I've taken Cymbalta I haven't. Started me low dose 30mg I wondered about them done research, I thought I'll tty them I'd probably tried anything at the time I did cry a lot didn't want to do nothing but I wasn't depressed. I started taking them takes few weeks til you know I felt them in a week. Crying stopped I was and felt like me again. I need a higher dose 30mg now I can still fell them.
All you do is try them for at least 3weeks if you don't feel better or worse, meds works different on ppl sometimes, tell your doc if they work or not. I'll look at the paper comes with the meds but ppl bodies are different dont go by what it says gotta try them first before you know. Best of luck If you do I really hope they work for you as they did for me.
I'm having the same dilemma. I have terrible anxiety, as well as depression and developing OCD. I was first prescribed Zoloft, which didn't help, and I've now been given a prescription for Cymbalta. I'm very nervous to take it, and don't know if the good will outweigh the bad or not. Let me know if you've started taking it or not, and how its working out for you if you have!
I would approach this cautiously. It's one of the medications that tends to cause weight gain, and is very difficult to discontinue if and when that time comes because the withdrawal symptoms are awful.
Regarding your emotional health, what happened seven months ago? Something had to happen if you can isolate it to a specific month, as you have. It's time to gain control of the OCD-type behavior of checking your pulse. Yes, your health is important, but you are checking and getting a healthy result every time, yet that isn't stopping you from being just as anxious for the next check. Try to think logically in your head about whether that makes sense or not. Emotionally, it's difficult to deal with - I TOTALLY GET IT.
Sometimes, the only way we can get out of our own way is to strip the emotions away and stick logic in front of it, even if it's hard.
I saw another poster mention clonazepam, and I agree that this may be good for you. Clonazepam/Klonopin is not something you take on an emergency basis, i.e. when you have an anxiety attack - you would take something like Xanax for that. Klonopin is something you take regularly, and it stays in your bloodstream for a long time to work as an anxiety preventative. I've been taking Klonopin for years, and I didn't like the idea of taking it for so long, but my doctors feel completely comfortable with it because I'm at such a low dose. Even at such a low dose, it keeps my anxiousness at bay. Let us know how things are going, OK?
I just want to address one point of your letter.
You are overweight and you have lost 45 lbs and don't intend on gaining it back.
I told my doctor that I have an issue with Meds that cause weight gain.
Sometimes they look past it to get desired effects.
There are other antidepressants that could me your goal.
Increased weight gain is reason enough for a lot of people to get depressed.
Have a heart to heart with your doctor and see if there is a more appropriate med for you.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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