I had a very bad experience with Lexapro and I am anxious about trying something else but I know I need it. Anyway, my question is how soon after taking the first dose did you notice side effects? Also, how soon after starting did you notice it helping? I appreciate your time.
Hi ammo177afwife. I was on cymbalta, for almost two years. It took in my case, a week and I noticed that I was feeling tired. And that feeling remained with me untill I stopped it all together. There are several members here, on this site who take cymbalta, and are pleased with it, to say the least. Its a drug, much as Lexapro, which I was also on, stopped taking for the same reason, fatique. Having said all that, it works much the same. in as much as three to four weeks for it to begin to work theraputically. Common side effects are usually felt much faster. Days rather than weeks. Well, good luck, heres hopeing that cymbalta helps and works for you.best to you.
Like my friend pledge, I too noticed side effects after about one week.
I had an allergic reaction though, swollen feet and I actually gained weight on it, and tis not supposed to be like Lyrica nor Neurontin in that aspect, tis supposed to make people lose weight, not me though! Lovely side effect actually as I probably needed to gain a bit of weight.
Many people have success with it though, so give it a shot!
well i noticed about 1 to 2 wks after taking it that it did help some.. as for side affects they started sooner, mine were within a wk and i did not like them even though to this day i still take it for depression and my pain (fibro) the side affects were dry mouth, sweats, weight gain, always tired. my depression isnt any better so when i go see my dr im gonna ask 4 something different. hope it works 4 you and good luck.
Lexapro is in a different group than Cymbalta. Lexapro, prozac, paxil, zoloft, etc... are in a group called SSRI's that work only on serotonin in the brain. Cymbalta, effexor, effexor xr, pristiq, wellbutrin, and strattera (often prescribed for adhd too)--these are all SNRI's that work on serotonin and norepinephrine. i prefer SNRI's because i believe they are more beneficial. i did not like cymbalta as much as i do Effexor XR, which i presently take. some people complain of tiredness as a side effect with any of these, and some people complain of insomnia... you can take it in the a.m if you can't sleep or at night if it wires you in the a.m. also, the SNRI's do not cause weight gain in my opinion, as do some of the SSRI's--especially lexapro and celexa.
When I tried Cymbalta, the very first dose I felt strange, like my brain was racing. This subsided fairly quickly but then I began having marked swelling in my hands, feet and face so I had to discontinue before I was even a month into it. I do know a lot of people who take it with little to no side effects and do quite well on it though. The only way to know for sure is to try it.
Hi ammo177afwife! I take 120 mgs of Cymbalta for chronic pain, not depression, nightly at 11 P.M. I don't suffer from any insomnia or ever feel "wired".
I do have some side effects that I attribute to Cymbalta which include: dry mouth, depressed appetite & a "different" dream state (not nightmares or night terrors though). I also have nausea presently but I'm not sure if that's from this medication or not. When I first started using Cymbalta, I felt somewhat nauseous for approximately 3 weeks but then it stopped. My dosages at that time were 30 mgs & then 60 mgs.
My first husband used Effexor, & then afterward Pristiq, for many years for depression. These SNRI's were good choices for him due to their efficacies.
I'll continue to use Cymbalta for my pain, despite the side effects, for as long as I deem it's efficient & worthwhile.
ammo177afwife, may I please suggest that you research cymbalta & have a look on this website at Drugs.com for users' reviews. Comparisons are shown here as well as a rating scale. Just type Cymbalta in the search field. You may also join the Cymbalta support group if you wish. You may add me as a friend if you like, even though I use this med for a different reason.
I'm sorry you had issues with Lexapro. There are many other prescriptions available & what works well for one person, won't for another. You can consider this as a time in your life when you need a little support, a bridge if you will, like many of us do, from time to time. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I always feel that it's good to make a decision & try to move forward & progress. Then, if it's not the best decision, simply change it & try something else. There are normally always options available to us. So, at least, you're still trying & you're still moving, & hopefully, in a forward motion! Nothing will change if you don't change. How can you make those changes happen?
All the best to your health, amo177afwife! from Wendy :)
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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