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  1. americandancer

    Jittery Feeling From Cymbalta

    Has anyone had a "jittery, nervous energy" feeling from taking cymbalta? Is it a start up side effect that goes away with time? I take my cymbalta first thing in the morning and I have episodes of shaky, nervousness about 2 hours or so after I take it. Then, it wears off and I'm really tired in the late afternoon. I know I have complained about this before, but I'm just wondering if it is a side effect that will go away. The fatigue is not bothering me as much now as is the nervousness. I mean, I actually tremble. It's really bad...
  2. Okay, guys. You all have been here for me so far, so I'm hoping you can help me on this one. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right spot or not, but hoping someone can help. If you have read some of my posts, you'll know I stopped cymbalta to start lexapro. I like cymbalta, a lot, but thought it was contributing more to my anxious mood. I started back on lexapro ( took it before - caused lots of itching) and since then, I have been out of control with my moods. I mean, I'm screaming and saying terrible things. Very unlike me. This involves my children, so I've got to get a grip. If that means starting back on cymbalta, tomorrow, then so be it. I am not that way on it. Has anyone had lexapro effect them that way, or does it sound like it's because I'm switching meds that I am such a you know what? Please respond.
  3. americandancer

    My Pristiq Journal

    My doctor told me to take Pristiq in the morning, because it would keep me up at night. I am taking it for the 2nd time again. It gives me a burst of energy for a few hours but then I get tired in the late afternoon. I know that will get better with time, though. I had good and bad days the 1st time I took it, but it seemed to even out after a few weeks. I had to stop due to a high blood pressure reading, but my doctor suggested I try it again. I mainly have anxiety/panic and some depression. Do you have any jittery feelings from the pristiq? It seems all snri's make me jittery, and I don't know if that will ever go away or not. The ssri's (esp. lexapro) work really well for my anxiety, but they make me so tired that I just can't function. Some people say they don't feel jittery at all from pristiq, so I don't know if it is just me or not.
  4. americandancer

    Need Some Help

    Are you feeling any better since you have changed to taking pristiq in the am? I would think that since you have been taking it for close to 6 weeks now, it should be starting to kick in and hopefully the fatigue is getting less.
  5. americandancer

    Is Anyone On 100mg Pristig?

    I think I've been on the 50mg now for about 5 weeks. I still have some bad days, but I feel a little better each day. I took a break after I stopped the 100mg, so it might be taking longer to work this time for me. I am bad about missing my meds for a few days at a time. Not good! Overall, I am doing okay on pristiq and don't wish to stop taking it. I still need a xanax every now and then, but not too often. I have gad and panic disorder. It totally rid me of my panic attacks, thank goodness! I worry about taking meds that effect norepinephrine, because I am scared that my anxiety will worsen, but I do like the energy and motivation I get from taking it. I think a regular ssri would work better for my anxiety disorder, but my doctor really wanted me to try pristiq. Your doctor moved you up to 100mg very quickly! Are you saying it made your depression and gad worsen, compared to the 50mg? If that is the case, I would consider going back down, if you don't feel better after a month or so. I don't know how long you've been taking the 100mg. When do you take your pristiq? AM or PM?
  6. americandancer

    Is Anyone On 100mg Pristig?

    I tried going up to 100mg, but it made me have increased anxiety, so I had to go back down to 50mg. I am taking it mainly for anxiety disorder and very mild depression. My doctor increased it because I told him that I had several good weeks after I started it and then I was starting to feel anxious and depressed again. I think it was just me and whatever was going on at the time, and not the med. I would consider going up to 100mg again if he decides I should need to. I don't know why they make the 100mg tablet when the studies do show that it is no more effective than the 50mg. I do like the option of being able to increase if I need to. Does anyone find this med terribly expensive? I just got a card to get 50% off for the time I am on it, so hopefully that will help, but it is still expensive compared to generic meds. We have to pay out of pocket for scripts until our deductible is met, and that usually doesn't happen until the fall. Then we start over in January. I would not qualify for any help on getting the med, so I guess I just have to suck it up and pay for it. I have been lucky to have gotten lots and lots of samples, but will have to get a script this month.
  7. americandancer

    Need Some Help

    I felt the same way when I first started pristiq. My doctor increased it to 100mg, which took care of the fatigue, but I couldn't take that much due to increased anxiety. You may want to ask about having your dose increased to see if it will help. I am now back on the 50mg and doing fairly well. I get a spurt of energy for a few hours after I take it, and then get a little tired in the late afternoon/evening, but nothing I can't push through. I had the same issue with cymbalta. I am a lot better now as far as being tired, so I would suggest waiting it out another week or two. This is one med that I think kicked in quickly for me, but took a little longer for the side effects to go away. When do you take pristiq? AM or PM? I take mine first thing in the morning, and have read where others take it at night. I have been hesitant to try it at night because I do have increased energy after I take it. I have no problem going to sleep at night, and usually find myself looking forward to bedtime (sad, huh?), but I have read where a lot of people seem to have insomnia from it.
  8. americandancer

    Cymbalta = Ssri + Wellbutrin

    My doctor told me a few visits ago that cymbalta was very similar to zoloft (his preferred choice) or a similar ssri, and wellbutrin combined together. I had actually read that somewhere before he said that. Has anyone else heard that? I know that wellbutrin affects dopamine, which I don't think cymbalta does. I guess because it affects seratonin (like a ssri) and norephinephrine (which wellbutrin also does). I just thought it was quite interesting. He said he prescribes cymbalta to people with anxiety, instead of adding on wellbutrin to whatever ssri they are on. He said the effects are quite the same, as in the cheif complaints of ssri's are gone, but they don't have the added anxiety of wellbutrin. And believe me....wellbutrin defintely causes anxiety. I found that out for myself.
  9. Hi gentle sun! How is pristiq going? I didn't realize pristiq was similar to paxil. That is one I haven't tried so far. Did you change directly from paxil to the pristiq or is your doctor weaning you off the paxil?
  10. americandancer


    I take mine in the morning. I haven't had any insomnia at all, but I have read where others do have insomnia. I guess you can try it and see if it energizes you or makes you tired, and go from there. If it makes you tired, you can change it to taking in at night. The only side effects I had were some nausea, a jittery feeling and constipation. All but the constipation went away. I was a little tired the first couple of weeks after I started it, but that got better too. I feel like it gives me a boost of energy, but it helps my anxiety at the same time. What are you taking it for? I'm taking it for anxiety, and some mild depression.
  11. I didn't go from effexor to pristiq, so I can't answer that question for you. As far as the nausea goes, that will definately go away after a few days, or at least it did for me. Be sure to take it with a little food and and some water. I didn't have a problem with insomnia, but I usually take it very early in the morning, around 7 or 8 am. I didn't take it until around 12:00 today, so I'll be finding out if I have trouble sleeping tonight! I like it so far. I am taking 100mg and I think I may need to reduce it back to 50. I'm mainly taking it for anxiety and some mild depression. What about you?
  12. I wasn't taking anything when I started the pristiq. In the past, I've tried zoloft (worked), lexapro (allergic reaction), cymbalta (worked, but raised my blood pressure), wellbutrin xl (loved the energy, but could not take the anxiety and irritaiblity), and xanax xr. I had tried the xanax xr over the summer, but I couldn't get past the fatigue, so I took it only as needed. Now, I've been given the pristiq and regular xanax to take as needed, but luckily I haven't needed the xanax so far. I'm taking the pristiq mainly for anxiety disorder, but also for mild depression.
  13. I take my pristiq around 7:00 am. I sleep fine at night. I usually wake up pretty early, but am able to go back to sleep. I don't have a problem getting out of bed in the am, and that was a major concern for me. I take it for anxiety and mild depression. I've been taking it a little over 3 weeks now....It really has helped my anxiety. I feel a little fatigued, but nothing I can't handle for now. My fingers are crossed that this is a med that will work for the long haul. I'm hoping that when it really kicks in, I'll be feeling even better. It hasn't totally gotten rid of my irritability, but that could be due to the fact that I am a little tired during the day. I'm not giving up on it just yet.
  14. I've been taking pristiq for about 3 weeks now, and I have lost a few pounds due to lack of appetite. It doesn't make me nauseas (sp?)...it just makes me not want to eat as much. I like it so far.
  15. americandancer

    Extreme Dizziness

    I had some dizziness when I first started wellbutrin, but I think it came from the increased anxiety and not the pill itself. If the dizziness is that bad that you cannot function, I would call your doctor and ask him. I hope it goes away soon and is just an early side effect! What kind are you taking?
  16. americandancer


    I definately experience dizzyness from my anxiety. It only gets worse when I am not on medication for the anxiety. I would have to say that it is one of my main symptoms from anxiety. My doctor calls it giddiness. I always thought that meant being silly, but I guess it is for feeling dizzy also.
  17. americandancer

    Alprazolam (Xanax) Posts

    Seablue, the xanax xr version is the time released, so I am pretty sure I can't break it in half. I figured I would ask for a lower dose...I would think I would have to ask my doctor to call .5 in, but it sure would be nice if the pharmacist would give me twice as many of half the dose. I don't think they would, though. I was mainly wondering if anyone else had any experience with this med, and if the fatigue would go away with time. My doctor said by taking it everyday, I shouldn't feel tired. I think it is because I have yet to take it a full week or longer to see if the fatigue would go away. I guess I need to at least try that before I go calling my doctor. I also wonder if I took it at night instead of in the morning, if some of the fatigue would wear off during the night while I am asleep. Has anyone tried taking it at night?
  18. americandancer

    Alprazolam (Xanax) Posts

    My doctor prescribed 1 mg xanax xr to be taken everyday. I was prescribed this around the beginning of June, I think. He wanted me to try this during the summer instead of any anti-depressants. I have yet to be able to take it on an everyday basis because of the overwhelming fatigue. I try taking it in the am, and I feel okay until a few hours later when I get so tired. Then I feel like it makes me really irritable in the evening as it wears off. My doctor said it should get better when my body gets used to it, and my pharmacist said it won't - that the dosage it too high. I am afraid of taking if for several reasons. I'm scared of getting dependant on it. I'm scared of losing my motivation to get things done, which I have a hard enough time of lately! I am also scared of it causing weight gain. I would think it would slow down my metabolism. I am also scared it may stir up my depression, even though my doctor feels I mainly suffer from anxiety/panic disorder. Has anyone taken it for anxiety, and had the fatigue go away with time? I can take it a couple of days at a time, and then I have to stop because of the fatigue. I am hoping that if I can take it everyday for a week or so, the fatigue will go away. I just haven't been able to do it yet. I could really, really use some advice!
  19. americandancer

    Alprazolam (Xanax) Posts

    I get the same feeling when I take xanax. I think it is because I don't take it on a regular basis, so my body doesn't get used to it. I get really irritable as it wears off, also. I think it is from the tiredness.
  20. americandancer

    Cymbalta And Nausea

    Feeling nauseaus when first starting to take cymbalta is very normal. I have stopped and started cymbalta several times and always had the nausea. It only lasted a few days for me, thank goodness. I know it can be rough, but it does go away! Be sure and eat something before you take it, and drink lots of water during the day. I would also sip on a coke or gingerale during the day and that helped, too. Good luck!
  21. Cowgirl, I am going through the same thing right now. I love to read, and I have been having such a hard time being able to relax and focus on what I'm reading. Also, I have been so stressed lately, that when I finally can settle down to read, I can only read a few pages or so and then I am out!! I usually don't have time during the day to read, so I settle down the last hour before I plan to go to sleep to read, but I just haven't been making it more than 5 or 10 minutes! It is very frustrating! I am a teacher, so I am looking forward to having some time in the summer where I can catch up on my reading and work on my tan, lol!
  22. americandancer

    Weight Gain?

    I haven't had any weight gain, either. My doctor said it shouldn't cause weight gain. I actually lost some. I never have any kind of an appetite anymore, so I eat a lot less than I used to. It does make me constipated and feel really bloated, so even though I have lost weight, I still feel like I've gained because of the bloated feeling.
  23. americandancer

    Temporary Substitute

    I would definately call your doctor and see if he can give you some samples! I am sure he would....I know mine would if I were in that situation. If you think this will happen again, I would ask for something cheaper.
  24. americandancer

    Just Started Cymbalta

    They gave you adderall to calm you down? Do you mean ativan, instead of adderall? I don't think adderall is prescribed for the symptoms you described, and I don't think it comes in 1mg either. I haven't experienced any of the symptoms you described from taking cymbalta. I had increased anxiety, but that is about it. Good luck! I hope you feel better!
  25. Which has been proven to help better with anxiety/panic - zoloft or lexapro? I know meds effect everyone differently, but I can't seem to find out which one is preferred more. It seems like the lexapro, but my doctor really likes zoloft for anxiety.