I've been taking Lexapro for the last 11 months. I have had my ups and downs but it never really solved the problema. Psi Doctor now recomended to switch to Cymbalta. Any experience on this? Many, many thanks in advance
Moving from Lexapro to Cymbalta for anxiety (GAD) and depression?
- 22 Aug 2014 by portu
- 25 January 2019 (8 weeks ago)
- cymbalta, lexapro, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
Added 22 Aug 2014:
I'm also taking Ativan when needed and zotepine, an antipsychotic.
I had a really hard time with it. Disorientation, weird dreams, weight gain, flu-like symptoms, delusions, etc. I was already having those issues, this stuff made it all worse. It may be different for you, but I never recommend it as I have heard many similar instances in the forum.
I had great success for many years with Cymbalta. It helped me manage both my depression and anxiety. I eventually switched to Pristiq because I was sleeping too much. Doctor thought the Cymbalta may have been too sedating. Now I take a medication to combat the sleepiness so I don't think it was the Cymbalta. We are each different. Cymbalta is a SNRI which address 2 neurotransmitters while Lexapro, am SSRI, only addresses one so it may work much better for you.
Oh, please... DO NOT take Cymbalta. I don't know which one is worse. Lexapro or Cymblata. I have been on both. What I do know, is that BOTH of them are hell to get off. I have really almost ruined the last two years of my life taking these damned meds. Once I am totally off, I swear I will NEVER take another psych med again. I'll just grab a box of tissues and a good friend and cry it out. I'm not lessening the extreme pain of depression. Believe me. If you haven't experienced it yourself, you have no idea how bad it is. My heart goes out to you and I'll keep you in my prayers. I just felt the need to warn you. If you're still on Lexapro, go off of it slowly. It may take up to a year. Hang in there. I'm now down to 10 mg a day (from 40) and although it's still bad, it's much better than it was.
I used to take cymbalta for a short time which helped immediately, the next day I felt that I am not depressed as I was and my body pain got better... After a month or two of using 30mg a day, slowly l stoped taking itand iwas ok for about two years...
Few months ago I got severe panic attacks ( 5-6 a day, every day) and got prescribed lexapro 10 mg which is a slow acting but it helped and did the magic. Now I experience some forgetfulness, which I believe is med side effect but when I think of my panic attacks, I rather to be forgetful then quit lexapro. Both medications helped me, so it is better to try to know which one will help you . Get well soon.
I have the same problems with anxiety and tried many different antidepressants. They are OK for depression but finally I found a great medication for anxiety called Propranolol and it has changed my life for the better.
As others will say, Cymbalta/Duloxetine is very bad and I would research into alternatives and talk to your doctor.
All the best
This is for Paul... propranolol is a beta blocker indicated for high blood pressure not depression and anxiety. It can help anxiety b/c it lowers BP. I'm glad it's helping you. It also can cause fatigue. In men it may cause sexual dysfunction. Also if you have broncospastic disease it is contraindicated.
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