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Cymbalta - So Sleepy!

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Hello everyone,

I've been reading threads and posts here on Cymbalta forum, but I didn't find anything explicitly about my issue.

So here it is: My doc gave me this new AD (Cymbalta) and I'm currently on day 10, but I feel so sleepy! I can barely stay awake for an hour or two and then I go back to sleep :shocked: Is it normal? Should I wait few more days to see if this effect goes away or is it a sign the med is not working for me?

I would very much appreciate any answer.

Thank you and ...hugs,

Butterfly

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Hi Butterfly. I tried 60 mg of Cymbalta for a couple of days but it hit me too hard. Extreme light headed, dizzy. Then I went to 30 mg for a week and had to stop because of extreme sleepiness. The last day I took it I fought the sleep all day and felt physically ill from being so tired. It is normal and supposed to pass. I mentioned this to my pharmacist when I switched to Effexor and he said that Cymbalta could be pretty sedative.

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Some people find it helpful to take in the evenings. Although this may not work for you. Unfortunately, it takes Cymbalta 6-8 weeks to reach full potency and start-up side effects, such as extreme fatigue could last most of this time. If you can stick it out for that long, there is a good possibility that it will go away as your body becomes more used to the medication.

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OK, so I should not worry...thank you for taking the time to reply :shocked:

I feel a little bit better now, though I sleep about 10-12 hours per night.

The important thing is that I can perform my daily tasks (esp. my job) and I'm still hopeful that the anxiety and depression symptoms shall lessen.

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OK, so I should not worry...thank you for taking the time to reply :shocked:

I feel a little bit better now, though I sleep about 10-12 hours per night.

The important thing is that I can perform my daily tasks (esp. my job) and I'm still hopeful that the anxiety and depression symptoms shall lessen.

Hi there.

I started on cymbalta 30mg about 6 weeks ago. Initially i was taking it in the morning and within a couple hours i became so sleepy. I actually feel asleep in the lunch room a couple times. It also made me yawn a lot. So, as a result and on advice from my G.P i started to take it at night and what do you know, no more sleepiness during the daytime.

Best of luck

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OK, so I should not worry...thank you for taking the time to reply :shocked:

I feel a little bit better now, though I sleep about 10-12 hours per night.

The important thing is that I can perform my daily tasks (esp. my job) and I'm still hopeful that the anxiety and depression symptoms shall lessen.

Hi there.

I started on cymbalta 30mg about 6 weeks ago. Initially i was taking it in the morning and within a couple hours i became so sleepy. I actually feel asleep in the lunch room a couple times. It also made me yawn a lot. So, as a result and on advice from my G.P i started to take it at night and what do you know, no more sleepiness during the daytime.

Best of luck

Hi there

I have been taking 90 mg of Duloxetine a day for 3 years after having been on Venlafaxine for 6 years(300mg a day)

I suffer fatigue,insomnia,then very tired for the rest of the day,no concentration,sweating,headaches,irritable leg/arm syndrome.

In the last year these symptoms seem to have got worse,I have trouble doing anything!always want to go to sleep/bed.

I also have bad skin sores that just appear,nothing seems to get rid of them,takes weeks or even months(are they connected with Duloxetine)?I don't know.

Not very good,I think I will have to see my psychiatrist again.

Roger :wwww:

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Hello everyone,

I've been reading threads and posts here on Cymbalta forum, but I didn't find anything explicitly about my issue.

So here it is: My doc gave me this new AD (Cymbalta) and I'm currently on day 10, but I feel so sleepy! I can barely stay awake for an hour or two and then I go back to sleep :shocked: Is it normal? Should I wait few more days to see if this effect goes away or is it a sign the med is not working for me?

I would very much appreciate any answer.

Thank you and ...hugs,

Butterfly

I am now on my 3rd week of 60mg of Cymbalta. I was on Zoloft on and off now for almost 13 or 15yrs and just switched over. Boy O Boy does it ever make me tired. I have a hard time keeping my eyes opened.

I can sleep 9 to 10 hour nights and wake up tired, take a nap in the morning and a nap in the afternoon and still be tired and go to bed early because I can't stay awake. And I don't have any energy at all. All I want to do is sleep. Not because I'm depressed but because I'm so tired and my body feels so tired as well.

If I get up without being carefull I get super dizzy and need to sit back down.

Everyone is asking me if I feel better since I've started them but I don't. If anything I feel nothing. The best way I can explain it is that I feel Neutral. I don't feel sad or upset or anxious but I don't feel happy or on a "high" or anything like that. It's a little freaky!!!

My kids are a little annoyed with me falling asleep on the couch all the time or going to bed even before they do. They miss me and I miss them but I have no energy to be with them right now. This doesn't help either because I feel guilty all the time that I am not being a good mom or that I am not giving them the attention they derserve. So I do hope the sleepiness is going to go away

hope you are feeling better

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I was researching on Cymbalta and found this site! it's good to know that I am not the only one feeling sleepy most of the time. Now I know it's from the medicine, I am taking Cymbalta 30mg now but was on 60 before. I also gained weight after taking is for 6 months. I want to stop it but will have to check with my doctor...

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