My daughter has been on 30mgs of Cymbalta for about 7 to 8 weeks. She was doing well until recently. Her psychiatrist increased her dose yesterday to 60mg due to her being more irritable, fustrated and more depressed like. When we started 30mgs it took about a week to notice a difference and then about 3 to really kick in. Will it be the same with the dose increase or should we notice a difference sooner? I am hoping sooner since she seems to be in emotional pain.
Hi shadow! Welcome to our Drugs.com family! :)
I take Cymbalta to help manage chronic pain. I was on 60 mgs for several months & just recently had it increased to 120 mgs. For me to feel the difference only took 2 days! I wasn't euphoric but I did feel SO much better!
I've been using this new dosage for a couple of months now. The effects have since levelled off. My pain's greatly reduced & more tolerable now.
Generally, when you're using a medication, the doctor will increase the dosage first before switching unless there are any adverse side effects or no other levels or drugs available. For instance, my husband takes the maximum dose for Lyrica so his doctor added another medication to his dosage. If my cymbalta wasn't the right choice for me any longer, I'd have to switch since I am at the maximum dosage now.
Shadow, there's another dosage available for your daughter which is 90 mgs. Someone did comment on one of my previous posts that she didn't feel any difference at all between taking 90 mgs versus 120 mgs. I'm not able to tell you about that because I never used 90 mgs.
I consider taking prescriptions to be very similar to cooking. The "recipe" may have to be adjusted or changed due to several factors. Our bodies are NOT static. That would just be too easy now, wouldn't it? LOL
If your daughter is using Cymbalta as an anti-depressant, there are multiple meds available to her. New ones are being manufactured all the time but it takes many years of development, research, testing & safety checks before they're approved for marketing to the public.
Shadow, may I suggest that you join the Cymbalta support group here at Drugs.com? This is an easy & efficient way of learning about other people's experiences. :)
You'll find that Laurie is brilliant! We also have many other very knowledgable & caring contributors on this website from all around the world. Drugs.com is an excellent research tool for you & your daughter's needs.
I'm so very sorry to hear about your daughter's pain, Shadow. It's great that she's started on her journey to progress to better health. I wish all of your family the very best! Have a good & safe summer!
from Wendy :)
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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