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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Does cymbalta really increase methadone, and Abilify increases the cymbalta? If so, is it wise to take these meds together?

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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Does cymbalta really increase methadone, and Abilify increases the cymbalta? If so, is it wise to take  these meds together?

Wow! Discuss w/ Dr!: That's a lot of medications and each one brings increased effects of the others with a particular concern in the combo of Cymbalta and buspirone for serotonin syndrome. Definitely discuss the wisdom w/ your provider but DO NOT stop any of these on your own. Do it under monitoring and consider adding a non-pharma psychotherapy strategy that might help you too. Best ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Barnett
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
13 years in practice
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Took Abilify to augment Cymbalta for depression/anxiety. But increased Abilify too fast & got akathisia. On top of akathisia, how badly did I shoot myself in the foot? 1)Just akathisia 2)Nullified augmentation or 3)Worse yet, reduced Cymbalta effect?

Dr. Rick Barnett
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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Took Abilify to augment Cymbalta for depression/anxiety. But increased Abilify too fast & got akathisia. On top of akathisia, how badly did I shoot myself in the foot? 1)Just akathisia 2)Nullified augmentation or 3)Worse yet, reduced Cymbalta effect?

Skeptical: A healthy dose of questioning is good. The makers of Cymbalta are under fire for deceptive marketing of this medication, though it's definitely helpful for some people and some conditions. Your question poses 3 scenarios associated with Cymbalta Abilify combo. It's likely just akathisia which likely diminishes with reduced dose. The augmentation theory is unsound. Reducing Cymb effect unlikely. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Can both Risperdal low dose 0.25 and Abilify 1mg combined with Cymbalta? ?

Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Can both Risperdal low dose 0.25 and Abilify 1mg combined with Cymbalta? ?

Yes: You might try all sorts of combinations under the watchful guidance of your psychiatrist. In your case the difficult decisions will have more to do with the Ativan (1 mg twice a day) as you might be experiencing problems with rebound anxiety and precipitation of depression. Don't make any medication changes without consulting with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Why Abilify work good with cymbalta and not good with zoloft?

Dr. Daryl Tanski
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Why Abilify work good with cymbalta and not good with zoloft?

Response varies: Zoloft and Cymbalta work in different ways. This along with individual response may predict my outcomes are different with Abilify in combination with either zoloft or cymbalta. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Abilify is work better with Cymbalta or zoloft?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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It doesn't: work specifically better with one vs the other. Adding abilify to antidepressant can help for recalcitrant depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Matthews
Board Certified, Geriatric Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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A combo of cymbalta & Abilify made my husband have manic episodes. How is stopping Abilify & adding remeron going to calm the manic behavior?

Dr. Paul Matthews
Board Certified, Geriatric Psychiatry
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A combo of cymbalta & Abilify made my husband have manic episodes.  How is stopping Abilify & adding remeron going to calm the manic behavior?

Maybe it won't : Manic episodes in the light of antidepressants are either drug induced by the antidepressants themselves or stimulating a bipolar patient into mania - especially when no mood stabilizer on board first - current literature would discourage this practice if the patient is bipolar or at least consider the possibility a mood stabilizer is needed first. (this may help the depression remit alone?). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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My relative takes cymbalta, abilify, and vicodin.Her habits include drinking beer, eine, and vodka.Is this safe?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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My relative takes cymbalta, abilify, and vicodin.Her habits include drinking beer, eine, and vodka.Is this safe?

Hazardous: This is an example of hazardous medicating. She needs to see her family physician sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
30 years in practice
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Any bad interactions adding mobic to cymbalta, abilify, and suboxone? Naproxen isn't helping my golfers elbow.

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Any bad interactions adding mobic to cymbalta, abilify, and suboxone?  Naproxen isn't helping my golfers elbow.

No problem: Mobic should be no problem, although it may not be much better than Naproxen and you shouldn't take both the same day. If you were my patient, i could see me suggesting spreading out the suboxone, like a smaller dose more frequently so you are not changing your total daily dose- you're just spreading it out to about every four hours. Please make sure your dr is okay with this first. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
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How safe is it to take cymbalta or abilify?

Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
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How safe is it to take cymbalta or abilify?

Safe with monitoring: Both medications are very safe if prescribed by doctors familiar with their use and with appropriate monitoring. The main serious adverse effects have to do with either the fact that the medicines may take a while to have beneficial effects (and during that early period when they have not helped, they can actually make things briefly worse) and preventable long term effects that require monitoring. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Jarowski
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
44 years in practice
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I have been on cymbalta and abilify for 3 weeks is it normal for me to still be very drowsy?

Dr. Charles Jarowski
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I have been on cymbalta and abilify for 3 weeks is it normal for me to still be very drowsy?

Drowsiness: The drowsiness seen with anti-depressants (Cymbalta) and major tranquillizers (Abilify) can persist for several months. You should consult your psychiatrist for dose adjustments in their two medications. ...Read more

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