Cymbalta and alcohol use

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Avatar n tn he gave me 3 weeks of samples of cymbalta and said try these and see me in 2 weeks. everything i've read about cymbalta, is that it treats depression, and if fairly new on the drug market. i was disapointed because i figured the doctor would give me something on an as needed basis. why would he suggest cymbalta? will it work for anxiety/panic?
1476999 tn?1287251077 My question is can alcohol cause and antidepressant to stop working? I have been having feelings of anxiety and feeling down for about the last week. I'm 47 years old, could my feelings be coming from menopause? I don't know if I'm really going through that yet. I really want to feel like my good old self again, I've got 2 small children to raise.
Avatar f tn hi. i believe cymbalta, gabapentin and alprazolam carry an alcohol use warning. i know for a fact that mixing booze with alprazolam is dangerous as they are both sedatig drugs which when combined are very potent. is he having problems as a result of this? usually there are negative consequences that need to be apparent before one will consider trying to quit. has he ever been to treatment or aa?
Avatar m tn I just had a blood test and the Dr. said it might be from the cymbalta that it is showing hep in the blood. Is there any one out there that would know what kind I would get from that and then would it be contagious. Thanks.....
Avatar f tn I was told this was my depression resurfacing and had to be on new meds. I was put on Xanax XR for the anxiety and Cymbalta for all the pain I was experiencing and my depression. With in two weeks I was feeling great again. This time, the only side effect I had, almost immediately, was being very lethargic in the mornings and that is from the Xanax XR (because I take it at night).
Avatar f tn You should not drink ANY alcohol while taking Effexor. If you can't control your consumption, at the very least, talk to your doctor about holding your dose until the next morning. In my humble opinion, what should REALLY happen here is you being totally honest with your doctor. There is a sound medical reason you should not drink while on this med.
1042487 tn?1275283499 Oh i did search google but i found no serious studies and only one study tested on animals and it didn't include Duloxetine or any SNRI and basicly they said it could reduce the effectiveness of the anti-depressant treatment. I just think it's like alcohol, i drink on Cymbalta on week-ends and it affected me in no way.
Avatar n tn I also weigh 235 pounds and am a male. If the bottle says not to use with alcohol, pay attention! A dear friend of mine nearly died because he drank while taking diabetes medicine. The point is, you may get away with it for a long time but the law of averages may tend to do you in eventually. And at the moment that you think you may be dieing....the term "idiot" comes to mind. J.B.
Avatar m tn I'm on Cymbalta 60mg ( potent and expansive SNRI ) and i can tell you my experiences with alcohol. The SNRI increases my tolerance to alcohol so i drink more. I drink about once a week at parties and sometime twice. One day i drank to the point i forgot the end the party ( mixed strong alcohol and beer ). One thing i noticed tho is the hangovers are terrible hehe. Now let's talk about safety rather than my experiences.
Avatar n tn He says every day is a new day and he can't guarantee he'll be able to never drink again, but with counseling, AA and antidepressants (he says cymbalta is a lifesaver) he HAS been rebuilding his life. If my friend can achieve this, maybe your husband can do the same?
Avatar f tn If certian medications require that you do not use alcohol while taking the drug, or limit you to moderate alcohol consumption, I was wondering what the definition of "moderte" was. I take Cymbalta and like to have a beer or two in the evening. Is this putting me at risk?
5429367 tn?1368189606 If you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome then all drugs/herbs that work with that part of the brain will have a magnified effect , or will magnify the effect of the Cymbalta. Go to and use the drug interaction checker to clarify what you need to keep clear of until the Cymbalta is out of your system. I'd consider sticking with the 30mg until things are stabilized , then decrease slowly.
Avatar m tn My wife and I have been separated for a few years and the alcohol abuse is something she may never get past. Although my pain meds are managed and being off for 4 days is causing physical pain to increase, I feel my depression is tied to the norco. I also know from the withdraw that I have an addiction to these meds. I have gone through 5-6 different depression meds and Wellbutrin has worked the best. Last year I couldn't get out of bed some days but would force myself to go to work.
Avatar m tn I was stressed, and had been drinking alcohol and cafeinne. Turns out, stress, alcohol, amphetamines, and caffeine can trigger panic attacks. First and foremost, amphetamines... I had taken it 5 times, and was not a regular user. I went to the hospital that night because i thought i was having a heart attack or something. They just told me it was a panic attack and to stop doing drugs. I had two more panic attacks in the next month, and then they stopped.
Avatar f tn Now, after taking it for this long, I have re-read the patient information packet, and see that it is only for short term use, and I cannot find information on how to titrate off. I get migraine headaches whenever I stop taking it for any length of time, as well as other symptoms... Can anyone help me with their experience, referrals to information sources, or even to experts who have the infomation I seek?
Avatar f tn i have been taking ambien now for 3 years...along with cymbalta, and seroquel. i was going through a horrible divorce and my dr. perscribed it for sleep. i cannot tell you how many conversations i have had and not remembered. even my kids call me out as to how bad my memory is...after i have taken my meds, withen 15 minutes i often eat crazy foods that i would not have ordinarily eaten...lately i have noticed that i cannot remember simple things related to my job.
Avatar n tn I had quit my casual wine w/dinner alcohol use a year ago in Feb., knowing my liver was in jepordy. I'm not a medicine person. I have respect for pills, never got into drugs, and didn't drink to get drunk. Only enjoyed a glass of red w/a fine steak. But with a combo of tolorance and an abusive 8 year marriage, I began to get out of control and hide my pain (emotional & physical) w/the lortabs.
182493 tn?1348056515 · I use the following with all types of drug and alcohol recovery…. · *Multivitamin with a strong mineral component: in gel caps only…an excellent quality multivitamin is absolutely necessary…remember that vitamins and minerals are cofactors/coenzymes for repair, healing, and normal function of the body…most times I have patients double up on multivitamins for the first 3-4 weeks · *Mineral complex: see above · * Fish oils, or flax seed oil.
622511 tn?1373575103 Of course, I attribute this reduction in frequency AND duration to both the BB and the discontinuation of being a former binge drinker BUT I have been abstinant from any alcohol use for several years now. Nevertheless, The PVC's , especially the intermitant very nasty runs that come and go, I know are here to stay and it took me many years to tolerate them, as I will never "totally" accept them, especially when they come in clusters or runs.
Avatar n tn My point here is that everyone has something to offer, including some excellent chemical analysis and research skills and we welcome whatever skills you can offer, including moral support. My personal goal is consumer advocacy. I want to publish as much information and analysis about Tramadol as I can find. If you have something to share, welcome. My personal agenda: I am for personal empowerment through information. I am a lawyer who has done consumer protection class action work.
1442059 tn?1340244552 My family dr refused to take new blood work regarding my lupus(too much $ he said) as I thought it was a good idea. My hep c dr wants to start treatment right away nov 9 the big day.If playing a balancing act with immune boosters for the hep c and immune suppressants for the lupus is the deal then doesn't it make sense to see where I am in the Lupus scale? Maybe I could stop taking the prednisone and the plaquenil.I have a new rheumatoligist as the last one retired.
Avatar m tn I have been abusing drugs and alcohol on and off since I was 11. My drug use is starting to rise again. I can stop but have no idea how to be happy without it. I have tried Na and AA and have seen a shrink yet I just cant get it. My partner has told me enough is enough and is ready to leave. I have a great career loving family and friends but I struggle not too want too drink and drug to excessive levels.
Avatar m tn She is now on Cymbalta (daily) and Xanax (PRN), and has even weened off of those, generally only taking the Cymbalta when she has BD episodes and taking Xanax if her anxiety acts up. Based on her really bad BD episodes in the past, I am afraid of taking her computer away as I feel this will only send her deep in to depression or make her anxiety skyrocket. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do at this point? I am at a bit of a loss.
Avatar f tn I struggled with depression many times in my life, and it is a plain fact that it does get better. But you have got to commit yourself to getting better and use all the resources available to you. Diet, exercise, friends, this forum, maybe medication from your doc.... anything that makes you feel better except more drugs, which will only make you feel better for a very short time and ultimately cause you even greater misery. I am on your side here.
Avatar f tn But, because of his past history of weed and alcohol use, his docs have a hard time treating him. His anxiety and agitation levels go through the roof, but his docs won't prescribe any PRN medications like Xanax or Ativan because they're afraid they'll abuse it. And, they haven't been wrong about that one; he has done so in the past. Although, I can empathize with you, it's very tough to deal with BP disorder and when folks are hurting, they'll turn to things that will give them relief.
217229 tn?1192766004 • Because it is possible that duloxetine and alcohol may interact to cause liver injury or that duloxetine may aggravate pre-existing liver disease, CYMBALTA should not ordinarily be prescribed to patients with substantial alcohol use.
Avatar n tn She has been having a beer each night, which with a history in her family and her self-admittance that she has a problem with alcohol, doesn't see prudent. She doesn't pick up after herself, which is not like her. Doesn't put her dished in the dishwasher but, instead, leaves them in the sink for me to pick up.
Avatar f tn I saw your post about the doctor visit and I am so glad you have a compassionate doc that listens and is taking the right steps to get you straightened out. I have used the Cymbalta before. It is a good anti-depressant and was given to me for the depression that goes with chronic pain. It was working pretty well but then I started getting sick, as soon as I stopped taking it, the flu symptoms went away. Doc concluded that I was allergic so...
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Avatar n tn We all know of people that did horrible things during their pregnancies such as your friend who used cocaine and alcohol ... let me tell you... she is simply lucky. And, as you stated, we have no idea the long term effects her actions have had on her baby. I implore you to speak to your doctor about managing your pain safely while pregnant. You should NEVER take prescription, or for that matter OTC drugs without consulting your doctor.