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Re: Question for SLS

Posted by SLS on August 26, 2004, at 8:39:17

In reply to Re: Question for SLS SLS, posted by theo on August 26, 2004, at 7:24:25

Hi Theo.

> I'm going to see my pdoc today (my general doc was the one that gave me 60mg Cymbalta samples) and get her blessing before I start it.

That sounds like a good idea. At least you would still be working as a team, and you would feel more comfortable with whichever way the two of you choose to initiate treatment with Cymbalta.

> A couple of questions, can you compare the initial strartup feeling of Cymbalta to any other med you've tried, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR etc? Also, do you know what dose of Cymbalta would equal 20mg Prozac, Paxil?

I took 60mg yesteday after being at 30mg for a week. This stuff seems very clean so far. The only thing I notice is a slight bit of sleepiness, but this seems to be a very passing side effect.

> It seems like from past posts you said you are taking 150mg of Lamictal.

I keep bobbing up and down between 150mg and 300mg. I have been trying to stay at the lower dosages because higher dosages produce memory and cognitive impairments. Unfortunately, I need the higher dosages to afford me greater relief from depression. Even so, the improvement is mild at best. I don't know how to counsel you on the dosage of Lamictal you should take. If you raise the dosage of Lamictal while you are beginning treatment with Cymbalta, you might confuse the side effects of one for the other. You can always raise the dosage of Lamictal at a later time if you need to. Still, I wouldn't be afraid to try 200mg. Either do it before adding Cymbalta, or do it after establishing Cymbalta at 60mg.

Please let us know how things go with your doctor, and which direction you decide to go.

- Scott




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