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Re: Cymbalta - looking for information

Posted by frombe on October 28, 2004, at 21:48:20

In reply to Re: Cymbalta - looking for information boomarang, posted by Racer on October 23, 2004, at 12:25:43

> Well, I called the doctor, who doesn't want me to start tapering down on it until we've had a chance to talk about it. I'm not best pleased by that, since I'm pretty miserable right now. It's not the drug making me miserable, more that the combination of amotivation and lethargy are preventing me from getting anything useful done, which increases my depression and hopelessness.
> When we started the Cymbalta, it was one of three choices offered me: Cymbalta, Luvox, and Wellbutrin. Since Wellbutrin seemed to be starting to help me when I was on it briefly last year, that's what I'm hoping we'll try next. I don't know if we'll switch to it, or add it to a lower dose of Cymbalta. I know that this new doctor doesn't like mixing meds, and respect that, so I'm guessing it'll be a straight switch. If Wellbutrin doesn't work on its own, I will suggest adding a lower dose of Cymbalta to it, and see how that goes. Or the doctor may add some thyroid medication to one or the other of these drugs.
> So, I have no idea what will happen next. I'm hoping, though, that Wellbutrin will be involved.
> There, now you can be as much in the dark as I am...

HI Racer,
Thanks so much for your and everyone else's insightful input. FYI: I had quite a bit of lexapro left in the script before I was suppose to switch to cymbalta so I decided to up my lexapro dose to 40mg per day. I started to feel better. I don't know if that was because I was excited to start a newer, stronger med or the extra dose of lexapro. So far, I am on day 5 of cymbalta and am not sure if it is doing anything for me but who expects to feel anything on day 5. I feel more anxious since I quit the lexapro and started the cymbalta but I that seems normal as I felt anxious when I first started lexapro and it went away. My gut feel now is to try this for 30-60 days and if I don't feel any better, I want to drop back to lexapro but use a high dose. However, I have no medical or intellectual reason for thinking this way.

BTW, anyone know of any real risk of taking valium or alcohol with cymbalta or lexapro?





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