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Re: splitting Cymbalta pills jrbecker

Posted by Cairo on April 22, 2005, at 16:13:32

In reply to Re: splitting Cymbalta pills, posted by jrbecker on April 22, 2005, at 10:52:40

I tapered Cymbalta down due to severe agitation, akathisia, muscle/jaw tremors and was happy at 5mg which gave me much more energy, less orthostatic dizziness, a bit less anxiety, though no relief from Fibromyalgia pain.

I then discontinued it to try amitriptyline simply to please a new neurologist who insisted that I give it another whirl because I he said I didn't dose it right/take it early enough/or whatever excuse he could come up with despite my protests and I weakly agreed to it because I wanted to try Botox injections in my cervical muscles from him and am tired of fighting doctors and their "good" intentions.

Anyways, after a disastrous trial of amitriptyline (zombie city at low dose for 4 months with no benefits), I stopped that and retried 5mg Cymbalta. I never felt the same energizing effect that I had the first time. Am I doomed to never respond to Cymbalta again? I have to be very careful with SSRI dosing as I get flu-like symptoms and muslce aches anytime I take SSRIs, even at tiny doses. I am on Desyrl 75mg for sleep, and I suspect anything else in combo with that is too much.

Also, my doctor would like some "official" reference to being able to open the Cymbalta capsule. The rep says NO.

Thanks for any help.

> I split up my 20mg capsules up without any problem. Splitting capsules is fine - it's the spheroids themselves that are enteric coated, not the capsules. *Just be sure to be consistent and accurate about equally splitting the dosages up. You want to keep make sure you're still getting the same dosage daily (even if it is at such a low dose). This will help guard against possible side effects that might surface should drug levels fluctuate too much.


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