Bad Experience First Day On Cymbalta
Posted 01 February 2011 - 07:54 PM
Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:29 PM
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:39 PM
Hi, I'm new to the site. Last night was my first night taking Cymbalta. First time ever being on a medication. I was up all night, shaking, cold, heart racing, and I felt like I couldnt think straight. There were thoughts just bouncing around my head. I'm only on 20 mg once a day because Im primarily being treated for fibromyalgia, in addition to anxiety. Even today, I felt a little better as the day went on, but I just didnt feel like myself. I felt like I was crawling out of my skin, more so than when my anxiety is bad. Just looking for some insight. I've read alot on Cymbalta today, I know there are a lot of mixed reviews. I think I will try taking it tomorrow morning instead of at night.
I had a similar initial reaction to starting Cymbalta; the start up is difficult. However, 2 months later and the results are excellent. Stick it through if you possibly can. Something that helped me get through the initial difficulties was a sleep aid and also, i had an anti-anxiety pill that i could take in very small amounts to get me through. Would it be possible to contact your doctor to discuss something like that?
Posted 01 February 2011 - 10:00 PM
Definately do take the med in the morning, your doctor should have told you this and not to take in the PM. I have no idea at all why he/she recommended PM as cymbalta is one of the meds that is best taken in the morning. I would call the office and ask for verification of this i.e. is AM okay because I am not allowed to offer this advice as I am not a doctor so I would get his blessing on this which he should give because as long as you take an AD each day about the same time, the doctor usually does not care if you take it AM or PM as long as you are consistent with the time taken each day. And if you havent asked for an anti-anxiety medication I think you shouldl and perhaps a mild sleep aide. Again eventually you will not need these but my pdoc says its always good to have them for help when starting any AD and he knows his stuff real well....
And please do not be scared off by things you read on the internet or what other people have said about a medication because millions take cymbalta and do just fine on it and dont get on the internet to say hey it works great, its the people who are often uninformed about initial side effects that go away and they panic and get on the interenet and complaine that they had to stop taking the medication for this reason or that reason where if they had stayed on it, they would do fine. Its good that you came here and asked for advice, I hope I have helped and I hope you stay with the medication. When I saw the title of your post I knew right away what I was going to read and sure enough I was right on. Remember the first two weeks are going to be unpleasant but liveable, hang in there as an AD takes 6 to 8 weeks to fully kick in and remember after week two is over the rest of the weeks just get better and better with time.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:19 AM
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:24 AM
Hi, I'm not new here but thank you all for such valuable feedback.
I have very bad depression and have tried all ADs. Today is day 1 on Cymbalta for the 2nd time trying the med. The side effects are really strong, but gotta think positive that 2 weeks will pass and things will get better. Got to invest in life because right now all I do is cry all day and wish to die. Thanks!!
Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:56 PM
Every AD my docs have tried me one they always told me to take at night and they were always wrong. Lexapro, Cymbalta and nortriptyline all had to be taken in the morning. Remeron is the only one I took at night.......for obvious reasons.
Couldn't imagine taking Cymbalta at night. I pretty much quit drinking coffee on Cymbalta because I didn't need it. And even taking it in the morning it still gave me mild insomnia. had to take something else to sleep the whole time I was on it.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:56 AM
Looks like I'm the odd one out..just started Cymbalta - 30 mg - at ALL I want to do is SLEEP! Even after several hours or all night I STILL want to do nothing but lay down. I can't function long term this way - am hoping this side effect will diminish in a few days. Other than that, the nausea is mild and no other side effects as yet.
Posted 16 July 2013 - 01:20 PM
I tried using Cymbalta twice but the s.e. were so strong that I thought I was gonna die. And stopped.
I´m not using any meds . I can´t tolerate the adaptation phase. So I´m crying all day long, don´t leave bed and feel suicidal.
Stopped working and now am 40 pounds heavier. I used to be a runner . Donn´t see a way out.
Have lots of Ads in my drawer: have tried them all: Prozac ( makes me want to drink), Zoloft, makes me dizzy and nauseated, Wellbutrin( terrible tachicardia).
I have an appointment with my pdoc tomorrow.
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