Hi there. I have been dealing with depression for quite some time now. I'm 29 y/o and 200lbs. I had been on Celexa 20mg for about a year and hadn't noticed any difference in myself. I asked my doc if switching to a different med would be better. She recommended 20mg cymbalta. I've been on it for about 3 weeks now and don't really notice a difference either.
I've been browsing forums and i've seen other people's dosages ranging from 40mg to 90mg daily. Is my dosage too low for me? If so, how should I bring this up to my doctor without making myself look like i'm trying to abuse it or something?
Give it one more week. Go easy with this stuff, if you do go up, see if 10 is possible, if you can't and have to double it, please wait another 3-4 weeks. Getting off this stuff is horrid, so I'm trying to help you by advising going slow and gradual, be it up or down.
The average therapeutic level for Cymbalta is 60mgs. I would just let the doctor know you are not feeling any better and that you wonder if increasing the dosage would help. I wouldn't worry about abuse as antidepressants are not of that nature such as narcotics can be. It usually takes upwards of a month for this type medication to reach a level of effectiveness so be patient, but you'll need to be at a therapeutic level to determine its effectiveness.
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