My depression has returned after weening myself off of Celexa. I really just don't want to take antidepressants anymore but I can't keep feeling like I am feeling. My doctor wants me to try Cymbalta. He gave me some samples today but I'm afraid of the side effects. MedlinePlus has a long list of side effects. The Cymbalta list is longer than the Celexa list of side effects. I just want to know how Cymbalta has effected some of you all both positive or negative. Thanks!
Who has taken Cymbalta?
Added 23 Nov 2011:
Thank you to everybody for your responses. They have all been very helpful. I tried 30mg Cymbalta last night and it was awful! I had little, tiny pains in unusual areas of my body, strange feeling in my head, ringing sounds, and difficulty getting to sleep. Today I have no appitite but I have to eat so I dont' feel worse. I'll be glad when it all worn off so I can go back to Celexa. I guess I'll have to use something and Celexa never caused me any side effects. I just hated the idea of continuing to use an SSRI drug because of the "brain zaps" I would have when ever I got off of them. No more Cymbalta for me, I done. Thanks again.
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As you know, any medication has a long list of side effects. I've been on Celexa for a short time and found the side effects worse than the Cymbalta that I've been on for years now. lol. Medications effect everyone differently. I found the Cymbalta to be very helpful with depression and the pain that depression causes. If I miss a dose (or sometimes two!) I really notice the difference and have horrible pain, depression, and feelings of nausea and sickness. When I first started taking Cymbalta I did have a few of the side effects you described but they went away after a few weeks, as happens with most psychotropic medications. A lot of them have strange effects on our systems at first - effects that subside after a few weeks of taking the medication regularly.
I hope the Celexa is working well for you now, good luck. I wish I'd seen your question sooner so that you would have had my answer before you stopped taking Cymbalta. It really is one of the better antidepressants but that's how it worked for me. As I said, psychotropic meds work differently for each individual and in different combinations with other meds.
When you are prescribed a new medication, a good source of information about what side effects to expect is usually your pharmacist. Another good source, as you find here, are your peers who take the medication to find out if the effects are long lasting or not.
Cheers to you for asking a good question, cheers to you for taking charge of your treatment plan!
I see that you've made your decision. Personally, I am glad that you have decided not to take the Cymbalta. In my experience, I had an absolute hellish experience weaning off of it (not cold turkey, mind you, but with a doctor's supposed care). Other warned of how hard it is to get off of... and I absolutely agree. I don't think psychiatrists are at all educated about the true effects of Cymbalta - and I mean the part where you want to or need to get off of it. I chronicled my journey of coming off of it in the Cymbalta support group last summer, if you're interested. It did help me for about a month, but because I was on it for a number of years, boy did it cause more problems than it did help them.
I am not putting anyone down for saying positive things about Cymbalta. Everyone has different reactions and experiences. I think that is, in part, why it is so hard for psychiatrists to truly know what they are prescribing and if it is "Right" for you.
Anyway, I hope you find something that works for you.
I have taken Cymbalta (a 60 mg per day) for 10 years. I use the drug in combination with Lamotrigine 1 x 100 mg oral tablet two times per day). I am 60 but have been using doctors for 30 years trying to find what is wrong with my health. I have gone through HELL. In 2000 my regular doctor put me in the hospital and assigned 4 different specialists to run their test and evaluations. After that all of the doctors got together and made their recommendations. After working out a plan the specialists all developed on what drugs to give me. Cymbalta and Lamotrigine is where my treatment for my condition. The combination gave me for the first time in my life a feeling you could call “normal”.
I started taking Cymbalta when it first came out, in two weeks I was a new woman. No depression, happy, hypomanic (which is normal for everyone else I know) for about one week, and then was fine... until January of this year, 2012, then I hit the Cymbalta "Crash and Burn"... suicidal, homicidal, the whole nine yards, and when I realized what was happening to me, I signed myself into the closest Psych Unit that still did ECT, and had a few to reboot my brain's operating system once more. I came down with symptoms of bipolar when I was thirteen, let us see, that makes it 43 years I have been dealing with this "issue". mmmHmmmmmm... Went to a new shrink, love him, and we are changing one med at a time (or variable) so when we get a negative outcome, we know who's at fault. Good idea.
So, for me, Cymbalta 60 mg almost everynight for 10 years was great. Now I have stopped it "cold turkey", no w/ds, no freaky feelings, no nothing except I take one less pill at bedtime. But I've been on this cycle with every psych med I've taken, Prozac Poop Out, Atypical anti-psychotics were like eating candy, that's a no way there, my other favorite shrink tried me on everything underthe sun... Nothing. But finally I have found a man willing to work with me and whatever he's telling me to do is working. I take 4 pills of Depakote at night and some Benadryl, no sexual side efects to put up with again, snuggle up with the sweetest man in the world, sleep on his shoulder till it goes numb (dunno how he moves it) and sleep like a baby. And all I pay is $20.00. Best $20 I ever spent.
So one never knows when the right combo comes along! Don't worry, be happy.
The Happiest, Sweetest Hippie Walking the Earth,
That might be a good choice, as I was on Cymbalta, and it has been months since I was weaned off, and I am still having problems with side effects. Just a suggestion, if the Celexa stopped working on you, Lexapro is the SAME chemical make up of Celexa, except that it is a mirror image of the make up. For some reason that makes them identically the same, though working differently. You might want to try Lexapro, ask your doctor. Other thought is that you have just gotten off of the Celexa, and you have to give your body a chance to balance out the chemicals in your brain. That can take awhile, unless of course you are suicidal, or simply are not functioning without the medication. Good luck.
BTW, I am a person who never advises what med you should take, as everybody has a different genetic make up so they all react differently to meds. I just suggested the Lexapro because you said that you did so well on the Celexa, and they are mirror images of each other chemically.
NO NO NO My doctor put me on this and I had a bad experance with it. I couldn't sleep and just felt weird its the only word I can use to describe it "weird" My husband had the same effect, So it just wasn't me. I think the only reason he gave it to me was becouse the drug rep was just there prior to him giving it to me. I think they pay him to give it out. It really sucked. I'm just a normal mother of two I have no ultearier motives behind this.
I see this is an older post but just had to comment if others come across it. I was prescribed Cymbalta for anxiety/clinical depressin as well as pain from Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I was on a 90 mg dose (split 60 in am 30 in pm) for about 2 years. The Cymbalta seemed to work better than any of the other antidepressants I've tried over the years even though it did not relieve all my symptoms (which is a lot to expect from a little pill considered all my ailments). Anyway, I have since been approved for disability and had no insurance coverage for about 3 months since I was no longer working and there is a waiting period for the state medical where I live. So you can guess what happened-no Cymbalta since the cost was almost $300/month. I thought I could live a little sad til my insurance kicked back in since I did have meds to help with the other ailments but boy was I wrong. Doctors really need to inform patients of what happens coming off these depression meds.
The first few days I was fine as Cymbaltla stays in your system for awhile and I had been on such a high dose for so long. By the third day I was in pure hell, I couldn't sit still, I had uncontrollable crying jags, tremors, cold sweats, couldn't sleep, racing thoughts etc. I honestly though I was going crazy. The worst part was that I was alone all day with the kids at school and hubby at work so I had noone to help me out of the manic episodes. My anxiety was so bad it got to the point I could not even leave my house for simple errands like food shopping or going to the bank. I can now say I am over all the withdrawl symptoms of the Cymbalta and back to my normal life (well as normal as my life can be!lol) Be very careful if you do try Cymbalta-it does work well when you take it but unless you want to be on it for the rest of your life I'd be cautious and review all my options. I no longer just take whatever my doctor prescribes after this ordeal. Do your homework and make your own informed decision-it's your body and you know it better than any dr.
I have taken Both Cybalta, and I am Currently taking Cylexa, I hate being on these ssri's, I have been on so many, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Sroquel, Rispadol, Lyrica, and more, known truly seem to help, but everypne is different, when i was a teenager Paxil worked, Dr's had to adjust the dose for a while, but now i have severe anxiety and all that really seems to help is Xanax, Colonopin used to work, but it isn't a immiediate relief from an attack. I have GAD, and a little bit of Bi Polar Disorder. When I felt the best is when I stopped taking it for a week, then started my regular Dose again, but the Dr said thats not the proper way, but it helped me, I hope I can be of use, Neurontin, also helped as well. GOOD LUCK :)
I am new to this group. My father was a coroner and had suffered from alcoholism for 50 years, believing antidepressants were for the weak and whiny. He took Prozac first month it was on the market, he was a different person. It was incredible to watch this wonderful man believe in life and willingly be free of alcohol. The next month his insurance denied coverage and shortly after he committed suicide. My mother, a nurse, (they divorced when I was a baby) also an alcoholic, refused antidepressants for the same reason. She could prescribe them for patients but didn't believe she was "mental". Instead she drank beer until her last breath dying with cirhosis of the liver. I intend to take my Cymbalta and Aplenzin (chemical name for Wellbutrin and works for me much better than Wellbutrin) until I die. It's not a choice, it is why I am still alive. Depression is bigger than us all, take your medicine and be proud of yourself for not being stupid. Stupid can't be fixed. Take your medicine to live, for you and those who love you.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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