Cymbalta vs lexapro patients

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Avatar f tn I have been reading that there are numerous law suits being filed against LILY because they did not disclose the severe withdrawal. Most patients go back to Cymbalta because they just cannot live without it. Even if you wean very slowly you continue to have severe side effects for months. So far I have not found anyone who can tell me that they have gotten rid of the side effects associated with this med even months later. I have had to wean off due to the extreme cost of the med.
Avatar n tn Hi Ryan, Why did you write to Ellen that Klonopin could worsen her depression? I have been on Klonopin for about a month and a half and I have noticed an increase in depression (I am NOT on any anti depressants). Overall I just roll with it and try and stay positive and I started to get acupuncture along with talk therapy. This week I will see my p-doc and I'm sure all of this will come up in my visit. Do you think Klonopin causes weight gain as well?
Avatar f tn I have also gone down the long road of antidepressants trying to find something to help my GAD and panic. I was on paxil for years as well as lexapro, prozac, cymbalta and a host of others - have also been in CBT for a long time too. All for panic or GAD. Spent so many years trying one after another. Stayed on the paxil which just seemed to increase my anxiety and caused the development of a major tremor. 30 years ago was tried on valium and it worked for the GAD, but not the panic.
Avatar n tn Can anyone give me an idea of how long it usually takes for your metabolism to recalibrate after stopping Effexor and/or Lexapro? I've gained significant weight while on these drugs (despite an intense exercise program and careful diet). My nutritionist and MD told me that the drugs likely altered my metabolism, but no one can tell me how long it will take to correct that. Most frustrating, I've noticed that since I stopped taking both, my weight gain has accelerated.
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881463 tn?1245349249 slowly getting reacquainted with my issues/conditions, medications etc, as he has allot patients he remembered some, but not all of my background. He has put me on 30 mg of Cymbalta for 3 days and then is pushing it to 60 on day 4 and I just started today. Already within 2.5 hours I had some nausea and diarrhea, but that's expected I guess for the first week or two.
Avatar f tn The problem is medication - I'm hugely sensitive to drugs and virtually every SSRI or SSNRI I've tried - Cymbalta, LexaPro, and now Zoloft - really exacerbates the anxiety. The psychiatrist affiliated with the program has been wonderful and understanding, and prescribed .5 mg of Xanax four times a day to address the anxiety. I'm still anxious and fearful, but also incredibly fatigued, sleeping a great deal, and - here's the worst part - have had severe diarrhea for 3 weeks.
347630 tn?1196374698 I have been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety and put on Lamictal and Lexapro. I think lamictal works really good for me. I feel calm and able to concentrate. Lexapro on the other hand is making me feel sick. I experience all of the side effects. I tried to research about these meds and I know that Lexapro mechanism of action is based on SSR but I am not quite sure what lamictal does. Some meds affect the serotonin levels, other the dopamine and glutamate.
242516 tn?1368227505 Since severely depressed patients got better at about the same rate as the mildly depressed patients, by comparing this benefit to the lower benefit from placebo, overall they showed a benefit. Another way to think of it is that really depressed patients get better from antidepressants at about the same rate as mildly depressed patients get better, but since severely depressed patients don't get better from placebo, by comparing treatment versus placebo, the difference is greater.
Avatar n tn The only thing that has changed is I have been taking antidepressants. First I took Lexapro then Cymbalta and now Zoloft. My doctor keeps changing my meds because of the weight gain and every change only makes it worse. This latest change has caused me to gain about a pound a day. Since Thursday I have gained three more pounds and have been eating next to nothing. I finally convinced my doctor that I am not pigging out all day and she ha ordered a thyroid test.
737515 tn?1252556023 So different drugs may work better for you vs for me. It's a trial and error. I like Lexapro, it's supposed to be one of the easier SSRI's. =) Good luck to you.
Avatar m tn I also had tried 3 months on Cymbalta and it did little for me too. What other meds besides Welbutrin, Lexapro and Cymbalta have you tried?
1010076 tn?1250707651 He walked out of the room and handed me cymbalta, the depression medication. I told him more than 3 times that I am NOT depressed and that I've had BAD past experiences with depression medication and that I really do not want to take such a drug. Without saying it, his answer to me was basically "take it or leave it". I walked out mad at the world.
Avatar n tn There really is nothing that needs being done about it. It's no secret that SNRI drugs such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta do have a higher risk of what is called Discontinuation Syndrome. SSRI's can also be nasty buggers to discontinue. Paxil being one of many. I hear a lot of people complain about antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, but I never hear then speak of the flip side. I used to take Effexor XR at 300Mgs a day for about 4 years.
1119036 tn?1259538415 Long-term treatments includes antidepressants like Lexapro ( SSRI ) or Cymbalta, Effexor ( SNRI ). Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) recommends benzodiazepines alprazolam, bromazepam, lorazepam, and diazepam only as a second-line choice, if the treatment with two different antidepressants was unsuccessful. Although they are second-line agents, benzodiazepines can be used for a limited time to relieve severe anxiety and agitation.
Avatar f tn I am taking avinza 90mg, xodol 3x daily, zanaflex 3x daily, 20mg lexapro, 60 mg cymbalta, lunesta,. I asked my pain doc to send me to detox. He agreed to this and said after all meds are out of my system we will start over and find the level of meds I need to relieve the pain. The problem wiith the meds I am presently taking is I can't afford them after settlement. I am really scared of the amount ot pain I am going to have after detox.
1316053 tn?1279513097 I too am generally constipated vs. diarrhea. I wonder sometimes which is worse since constipation comes with pain but the diarrhea with nausea. :) Back pain is pretty common but watch it carefully. Mid back pain can also mean kidney stones and when you have IBS, sometimes other pain goes unrecognized. Diet is huge. Be very careful of what you eat! Keep a food diary with notes on how certain foods make you feel so that you have a better idea of what can trigger symptoms.
Avatar f tn This made my back/leg pain tolerable, but it never goes away. Other meds were Lexapro for anxiety-depression, which, according to my doctor helped handle the tension and leg pain. I was doing pretty well on this medication routine. I have never had a "high" and do not understand or know what that is. But, if I do not take the OxyContin, I in such severe pain that I cannot stand upright. I feel like my back is breaking in two.
5079728 tn?1365553589 Anti-depressants such as Celexa, Cymbalta, Elavil, Effexor, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Seroquel and Zoloft have black box warnings because they can increase the risk of suicidal behavior. Bupropion, also known as Wellbutrin (as an anti-depressant) and Zyban (as a smoke cessation aide) has a black box warning for suicidal tendencies and suicide completion.
Avatar f tn If you have a panic disorder, you should be put on a SSRI like the Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Luvox, Celexa or Lexapro... if you can't tolerate them or if the panic disorder don't improve after at 8 weeks at the maximum dose, you should switch to another agent like the older TCA's (Imipramine, Clomipramine)... since the TCA's have more side effects, they are harder to start and they increase a lot the anxiety at first...
724811 tn?1291434386 My mom has used many anti-depressants (including Prozac, Cymbalta, Lexapro and Pristiq). Based on her experience, I would recommend that if you decide to go off of the Pristiq, ease off slowly because abruptly stopping it can result in some pretty harsh side effects. As for your initial question regarding creativity... unfortunately, it seems a bit like a "Catch 22" situation... the meds, indeed, tend to dull and flatten the senses.
522415 tn?1242941355 They already have me on Cymbalta, Lyrica, Lortab10mg, Soma, Xanax and Ambien BUT I AM IN SUCH PAIN! It is unreal! I know it's not a good idea to double up or whatever but I have in desparation- it does not help! My legs give me the worst trouble. I take magnesium, calcium and a few other natural things. I do swim exercise religiosly now BUT the pain is beyond any pain I've ever been through including natural childbirth!!!
Avatar n tn I do believe we will be hearing more about the long term problems caused by interferon as more people complete extended and high dose tx'es with the newer Pegylated interferons. My rheumatologist claims to see many patients who are post-tx and present with a 'Lupus-like' set of symptoms and bloodwork. He said that it was not 'exactly' Lupus, or RA, or Sjogren's, but similar in ways to each, and with a unique blood chemistry profile that places it in the 'autoimmune' disease category.
Avatar n tn lexapro, paxil, zoloft, seroquel, lamictal, xyprexa, buspar, and welbutrin. Currently I am taking depakote er, which actually seems to be working fairly well. It makes the anxiety bareable, but doesn't do much for my depression. However, there has always been one thing that has relieved all my symptoms; pain medications. First I would like to say something that Im sure everyone knows; these medicines are very addictive and should not be abused.
Avatar n tn and have gained 25# on Lexapro (thnx, doc....ex-doc, actually!). Went to new doc, told him about headaches which are occurring weekly now, and last anywhere from 1 - 3 days - to hosp twice in 6mos. Anyhow, you asked about anxiety, and I can tell you that I was telling my new doc my 'story' ....all the 'stuff' goin' on in my life....and I was shaking and crying. Did he prescribe for anxiety? Well, he said it would help w/ 1) headaches 2) weight and 3) anxiety, so I'd have to say yes.
Avatar n tn It all comes down to calories in vs. calories out. Continue to monitor your food intake as you've been doing and exercise regularly.
Avatar n tn ) if you have a chronic pain problem and are not abusing your medications by taking more than is prescribed, getting it from more than one doctor, etc. Chronic pain patients sometimes do become physically addicted to their medicines. This will happen even if you take the prescribed amount for a long enough time on a daily basis. But this is different from what we call substance dependence or what you might call addiction.