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HI, im 23yrs old female. ive been taking this drug for nearly a year now. startd on 30mgs and around 2 months ago went up to 60mgs but taking to lots of 30mg one in morning and one in the afternoon.

Ive found that this drug has help a lot but has some side effects im not to keen on. for example the horrible nightly sweats i have and horrible dry mouths.

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Hi sky!

I'm sure someone will be around to chat with you about Cymbalta. I really have no experience taking this med. :hearts:

Take very good care of yourself.

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HI! MY NAME IS PAMEY, AND IM IN THIS ROOM FOR THE SAME REASON AS ALL OF YOU, IM DEPRESSED, HAVE ANXIETY, AND PMDD--OR BIPOLAR 2. IM ON MEDS, AND WANT TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH THEM AND OTHERS THAT MAY BE BETTER. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ANY AND ALL CONSTRUCTIVE OR JUST IDEAS IN GENERAL FROM ALL. :bump::hearts: I AM ON 60 MGS CYMBALTA AFTER GETTING OFF LEXAPRO AND ZOLOFT BEFORE THAT FROM TERRIBLE WEIGHT GAIN!! IVE LOST SOME WEIGHT, BUT THE CYMBALTA ISNT HELPING THE DEPRESSION LIKE THE LEXAPRO. ALSO, I JUST STARTED TOPAMAX FOR THE MOODINESS FROM THE BIPOLAR/PMDD, AND AM ON 4 MGS KLONOPIN FOR ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS(SINCE JULY 1995). THE CYMBALTA WAS GREAT AT FIRST, BUT NOW 4 MONTHS LATER--POOPED OUT!!! HELP!!!!!!!!

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:hearts: Pamey!! I was on Lexparo and got on Cymbalta a month after it came out. I haven't noticed any poop out! I just have other conditions and don't know how compatible the meds are. I'm having trouble getting sleep at night. Seems like I could stay awake 24hrs. a day.

I'm looking forward to seeing you posts in the other Cymbalta rooms.

Jackie :bump:

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Hi Guys,

I'm goign to go pick up a script for Cymbalta today. I'm sure hoping it helps. I haven't been on anything in awhile. I did take Welbutrin but had to stop because it messed with my HTN too much. Took me a long time to get to this point of needing meds again but I'm so sick of crying and crying over a bit of nothing and I have not much motivation for this life right now.

So here's hoping it helps. They started me on 20mg bid. Wonder if it's best to take it all at once. I had a sample of it and it seems it made my tummy unhappy. This was quite a while ago. And I think I took like two doses and said I didn't want to take it anymore. This time I want to stay with it. I need to feel better and I feel ready.

Thanks for being here.

sad minidriver

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My doc had me take an antacid with it till the tummy thing went away. Stay with it, as the benefits are worth it. Hopefully, the side effects will be gone by the beginning of next week!

Maybe the side effects are worth not feeling so blue all the time? Depression can turn your world up side down. Hope it goes right side up for you real soon! :hearts:

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HI, im 23yrs old female. ive been taking this drug for nearly a year now. startd on 30mgs and around 2 months ago went up to 60mgs but taking to lots of 30mg one in morning and one in the afternoon.

Ive found that this drug has help a lot but has some side effects im not to keen on. for example the horrible nightly sweats i have and horrible dry mouths.

Hi sky,

I'm 48 & I've been on cymbalta for 2 months now. I was taking prozac for years. I am also taking wellbutrin 300 xl. I too have the sweats. Dr. said it might be "the change"- maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not.

I felt really really energetic the first 6 weeks. Now I feel very tired all the time. This is definitely the most difficult time of the year for me anyway- the dead of winter. I guess time will tell.

Angel2Girl

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Welcome to the Cymbalta Room! I think you mught have something with 'the change'.

I go to bed at night and wait for the internal, (or was that the infernal?) furnace to turn on. It must be an 'Ole Reliable', as it never lets me down, lol!

A friend of mine has the same thing, only she can't stand to be near a fireplace or she's dripping away. She's on 30mg. a day. Imagine her on 60!

We're happy to have you here, Angel2girl! :hearts:

Jackie

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Hi,

I am extremely sensitive to medications and am trying to get myself on cymbalta. I am on remeron already. Has anyone had any experience with opening the capsules and taking a half or quarter dose???

thanks for your help,

gigi

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Welcome, gigi! What a cute name! :hearts:

It's not recommended that you do this as this is a time-released med and will burn your throat on the way down.

What kind of problem are you having? :bump:

Jackie

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I seem to be very sensitive to all of the antidepressants that I have been tried on, ie with side effects, and have the best luck by starting at the smallest dose possible and slowly going up. So, I am hoping that there is a way to try the cymbalta at a smaller dose.....

I actually sprinkled out what I estimated to be about a quarter of the 20 mg capsule last evening and took it with a spoon of yogurt. have not noticed any remarkable side effects other than the usual "zombie sedation" I have from the remeron. So, maybe this will work.

Just curious if anyone else had done this. My pdoc have been very helpful in helping me navigate this nightmare of meds and side effects and thought that it would be okay.

thanks so much for any help,

best,

gigi

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I seem to be very sensitive to all of the antidepressants that I have been tried on, ie with side effects, and have the best luck by starting at the smallest dose possible and slowly going up. So, I am hoping that there is a way to try the cymbalta at a smaller dose.....

I actually sprinkled out what I estimated to be about a quarter of the 20 mg capsule last evening and took it with a spoon of yogurt. have not noticed any remarkable side effects other than the usual "zombie sedation" I have from the remeron. So, maybe this will work.

Just curious if anyone else had done this. My pdoc have been very helpful in helping me navigate this nightmare of meds and side effects and thought that it would be okay.

thanks so much for any help,

best,

gigi

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Welcome to the forums, gigi. :bump:

I hope this will help and will clarify pill or capsule splitting for you, hon. If you are sensitive already..you just may be giving yoursef different doses each day and it can be harmful.

Please consult your Dr. or Pharamcist about this. :hearts:

Take care.

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Thank you very much for the information, Lindsay. Very informative. I think I may just need to bite the bullet and take the 20 mg capsule.

it is so comforting to have this forum for help.

thanks so much and peace,

gigi

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Hello! First I have a question: what type of pills are you taking? I'm assuming they are the same one's that I have, a plastic capsule that can be pulled apart with the little "dots" in it...my pdoc started me with 30mg pills, but it made me way too nauseus taking the whole thing, so what I did was open the capsule, pour some out (I started with just about a quarter of what was in there) and then reclose the capsule, and take it in that. If you can reclose the capsule with the dots in it, you should be fine. My pdoc told me I could do that even before I told him it made me sick. You end up wasting some of it, but its worth it if its an easier transition for you. However, if you are taking another kind of pill, I wouldn't know if that was a good idea. I had no problems tho! You can always call your doc and check on it. Good luck!

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20mg. is really a small dose, so why not try to take it when you wake up in the morning, and maybe you won't have any side-effects. The usual dose is 60mg. I think most of us take it in the morning, anyhow. :hearts:

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Hi. Just wanted to introduce myself and ask some questions of you guys.

I started Cymbalta about 11 days ago. The first 7 days I was taking 30mg, then increased to 60mg on the 8th day. I've been on 60mg for 4 days.

Since I started here are some things that are going on with me:

Loss of appetite

Fatigue, mostly in the afternoon/early evening

Loss of sleep - I get to sleep ok, but wake up early in the morning, typically around 4am

Increased sweating

Feeling of being cold in my lower legs and feet

I have read many posts on here and have seen all of these as side effects people have seen. Could anyone comment on these for me? I'm willing to ride this thing out, especially if I feel the side effects will subside after an adjustment period.

Any comments/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks!

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:hearts: SoCarFan!!

You're on the usual titer for dosing.

I still have the cold lower legs and feet, but I smoke, so I can't say that mine is caused from Cymbalta, but that's an interesting observation!

You don't say when you take your meds, but I'm taking mine as soon as I wake up and sometimes struggle with early awakening around 2:30am.

I feel tired around 1pm and usually take an hours nap. If I was working, I'd be fine. It's just easy to give into this, and I'm busy with three kids, otherwise....

I have lots of anxiety with my depression, and it's not been a problem.

I have fibromyalgia and the horrible muscle flares have stopped, except for twice and that's good for the 1 1/2 years I've been on Cymbalta. I like it better than Lexapro.

I know all about the sweating, but I'm going through menopause, so I get it double. I'm either putting a sweater on or pulling one off. It's like I can't regulate my body temperature too well and have to watch what I dress in.

Glad to have you with us!! :shocked:

Jackie :bump:

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Jkm,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I sure hope these SEs subside soon. My appetite was a little stronger yesterday for lunch, but I didnt eat much dinner last nite, nor am I really hungry for breakfast this morning.

Maybe once I get a couple of weeks-worth of this stuff in me my body will start to even out.

Oh, BTW, I'm taking my meds in the AM, typically around 7:30am.

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Most have the stomach thing and my advice is to use something OTC, so you can eat. I lost 10%of my body weight with depression and anxiety in the past, so my doc was really keen and gave me something for the acid this med seemed to create.

Good Luck!!

Jackie :hearts:

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I'll try that. I dont feel very nauseated, just not hungry. I dont know... I'm getting tired of being tired too....

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I know how that is. It's a long ride onto an AD, but remember that we didn't get depressed overnight, so it's 'stay the course!" It gets much better after the initial start-up effects phase is over. I felt like my stomach was full and had to make myself eat, as I knew the medication was doing a number on my stomach.

It goes away. I gained a couple of pounds and I hadn't gained on anything and had been underweight for years. I finally got into a size where I didn't look like a waif! Depression and anxiety are a bad mixture for me. Lots better on this med, believe me!!

Jackie :hearts:

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I heard that those little time released balls can burn you mucus membranes, so who wants their throat burned? Call the doc for advice.

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It gets better, so give it some time. I think it's a good med, but we've got this discusson about cold feet going on in another area. Are your feet cold all the time? I thought it was just me..... :hearts:

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Hey- I started cymbalta only 7 days ago at 30 mgs and I am experiencing exactly the same side effects as you. I have each and every one of them. I only sweat during the night time, though. I wake up at almost exactly 4 pm every single morning since I've been on it. This is the only side effect that really bothers me much at all. The sweating isn't fun either, but the waking up is really bothering me, expecially after I get so tired in the evening. Do you take your meds in the morning or the evening? I am willing to ride it out, too, especially because I was so incredibly depressed. I feel so good now it's hard to believe. It has also taken all of my fibro pain away. Let me know if your symptoms go away or get worse! Thanks- Andrea

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