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I have MS like symptoms for 6 months. Neuro thinks it's anxiety and gave me cymbalta (duloxetine).It took 80% of pain away. I'm no anxious or depressed. I need a cure?

I have MS like symptoms for 6 months. Neuro thinks it's anxiety and gave me cymbalta (duloxetine).It took 80% of pain away. I'm no anxious or depressed. I need a cure?

See below: MS "symptoms" can be caused by many diseases, and there is need to pin down diagnosis. Note you possess vertigo and nausea. Have you had full evaluation of your inner ears and vestibular apparatus?? You may benefit from visit to otolaryngologist. Maybe a second opinion?? ...Read more

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Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I was put on cymbalta and Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression, I have also always had severe back pain, my pain had decreased dramatically, should I get MRI still?

I was put on cymbalta and Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression, I have also always had severe back pain, my pain had decreased dramatically, should I get MRI still?

Depends: If your pain is improving and you do not have issues with bowel or bladder incontinence or new/worsening pain/weakness/loss of sensation in the lower extremities you could certainly wait to see if you still want an mri. ...Read more

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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?

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 (aripiprazole) 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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Can I take cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression & serc 4 my vertigo together?

Can I take cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression & serc 4 my vertigo together?

Disassociation: Loss of memory of trauma is common in ptsd. It's a good defense mechanism. For survival. Part of your treatment may involve reliving the trauma but only after adequate mastery over your emotions under relaxation. No one forgets everything. Often it's the most critical part that's forgotten according to dsm-iv. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta really increase methadone, and Abilify (aripiprazole) increases the cymbalta? If so, is it wise to take these meds together?

Does cymbalta really increase methadone, and Abilify (aripiprazole) 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 (duloxetine) 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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Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Probably not: To my knowledge, there have been no studies to compare the two in depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) and coffee are two different things with totally different mechanism of actions. Yes, both can be used as 'adjunct' to your treatment. Coffee can help with alertness, fatigue, etc, of depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atipsychotic by nature. It has serious side effects like increasing your weight, cholesterol, and sugar. ...Read more

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I have been on cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg for major depression, it has stopped working. I was wondering if I ad another 60mg to my dose?

I have been on cymbalta (duloxetine) 60mg for major depression, it has stopped working. I was wondering if I ad another 60mg to my dose?

Medicine: Please don't! check with your prescribing doctor before you make any changes to medicine he or she has prescribed. ...Read more

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Cymbalta (duloxetine) at 60 helps somewhat with depression. Not really for anxiety. Dr thinks 90 might be more helpful. Has anyone seen results with 90 for anxiety?

Cymbalta (duloxetine) at 60 helps somewhat with depression. Not really for anxiety. Dr thinks 90 might be more helpful. Has anyone seen results with 90 for anxiety?

Yes.: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is used for major depression especially when associated with chronic pain. The maximum dosage is 120 mg. It does help with anxiety when associated with depression with dosages as low as 30 mg. However it has very little effect for anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorders). ...Read more

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Hi I suffer from depression and I am on 90 mg a day last few days I'm very stressed and getting very angry very quick what your advise I'm on cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Hi I suffer from depression and I am on 90 mg a day last few days I'm very stressed and getting very angry very quick what your advise I'm on cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Call your doctor: Your doctor will definitely want to know about this. Don't stop or change the dose of the Cymbalta (duloxetine) unless advised by your doctor. If you are feeling hopeless, or feel like hurting yourself, dying, or hurting others, please call your doctor right away or call 1-800-suicide. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta (duloxetine) help with depression?

Does cymbalta (duloxetine) help with depression?

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Cymbalta (duloxetine) is approved for treatment of major depression. Most of the consumer marketing has focusted on its use in pain conditions. It is in the class of snri drugs that are effective anti depressants and anti anxiety drugs. In my practice I have found it very useful and have seen it help many persons with depression. ...Read more

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Does 20 mg of cymbalta do much for depression or anxiety?

Cymbalta dosing: 20mg of Cymbalta is on the low end of the dosing range for this medication, but everyone responds differently to medication. Some people are more sensitive to medication effects and can have response to low doses. It does take 4 to 6 weeks for an antidepressant to have full effects at a particular dose, so you do have to wait a bit for the effects to kick in. ...Read more

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What is a normal dose of cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression?

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Cymbalta (duloxetine): 60mg. Per day. Very few cases may require 90mg. Up to 120mg. ...Read more

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What is the average dose of cymbalta (duloxetine) for treating depression?

What is the average dose of cymbalta (duloxetine) for treating depression?

See below: 60mg is a common daily dose but up to 120mg has been approved for use by the fda. ...Read more

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I take cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression at nite what can I take in the day time?

I take cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression at nite what can I take in the day time?

The same: Cymbalta (duloxetine) can work for depression day or night. It affects people differently, though. It can make some people drowsy, and others, it can make them more stimulated. I assume you are taking it at night so it can help you sleep. Be assured that it is also working during the day for your depression. If you are having trouble feeling sad during the day, make sure to see your doctor again. ...Read more

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Anxiety/depression, cymbalta seemed to help, but no so much after a few mnths. Off it now, dealing with the major increas of symptoms. Need advice.

Anxiety/depression, cymbalta seemed to help, but no so much after a few mnths. Off it now, dealing with the major increas of symptoms. Need advice.

Need re-evaluation: It sounds liek you may need readjustment. Please see your physician. It may be a dose adjustment or a change in your medications ...Read more

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Are there any long term health consequences for taking Cymbalta (duloxetine) long term? I have been on it for 7+ years for depression. Currently 30 mg.

Are there any long term health consequences for taking Cymbalta (duloxetine) long term? I have been on it for 7+ years for depression. Currently 30 mg.

Not really.: You need a regular physical yearly and when you take any medications long-term, your doctor usually checks your metabolic profile, complete blood count, and general profile to rule out any illnesses and any unusual findings will be monitored. In addition, your dose is low and may just be a maintenance dose. You may want to discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is 30 mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) used for anxiety/depression or is 60 standard?

Is 30 mg of cymbalta (duloxetine) used for anxiety/depression or is 60 standard?

Depends.: 30 mg. Is a starting dose and can be titrated up to 120 mg. If necessary. M it is always good to stay on the smallest effective dose. ...Read more

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How can I battle depression even though I'm on Lexapro and Abilify (aripiprazole) for my anxiety?

Agree w Doctors: Rishton ; steiner. Lexapro ; Abilify (aripiprazole) doses need to be optimized. Encourage you to seek non-pharmacological treatment for your depression ; anxiety. Consider cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take four Abilify (aripiprazole) tablet for depression at once hypothetically speaking

Is it safe to take four Abilify (aripiprazole) tablet for depression at once hypothetically speaking

Hypothetically: Hypothetically speaking, what is dosage for each of the Abilify (aripiprazole) tablets? What other medications are also being taken? And what is the clinical diagnosis? What is the person's prescribed dose of abilify (aripiprazole)? ...Read more

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Can one take a combo of Cymbalta and Wellbutrin? Cymbalta works well for my depression but Wellbutrin erased my alcohol cravings.

Can one take a combo of Cymbalta and Wellbutrin? Cymbalta works well for my depression but Wellbutrin erased my alcohol cravings.

Cymbalta Wellbutrin: Cymbalta and Wellbutrin can be safely combined. The Cymbalta levels may be increased, but I have not seen this become a problem. The addition of Wellbutrin to SSRI antidepressants is a well studied augmenting method. ...Read more

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After a year of cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression, I feel like I lost the ability to feel love or get emotional like I used to even before. Why?

After a year of cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression, I feel like I lost the ability to feel love or get emotional like I used to even before. Why?

Emotional blunting: Or what is referred to selective serotonin reuptake indifference may result from long term use of antidepressants. The exact cause is unknown but is thought to result from increased serotonin in the frontal lobes and modulation of dopaminergic systems of the brain - essentially affecting processing/interpretation of emotion and reward. Recommend discussing with your provider to discuss options. ...Read more

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What are effects of going off Abilify (aripiprazole) for biopolar imediately? Does cause anxiety, moodswings, depression? Is dangeroous just stop?

Mood stabilizers: Abrupt discontinuation of Abilify (aripiprazole) and similar medications is not advisable. If you have reason to discontinue, please seek the supervision of your healcare professional for more tolerable alternatives while tapering to discontinue abilify (aripiprazole). ...Read more

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How likely is it to gain lbs w/ cymbalta (duloxetine) over 4 weeks of increasing mg. 50 -100 it's to help daily headaches & depression. But I'm gaining lbs?

depression. Emedtv. COM: In clinical studies on cymbalta (duloxetine), (duloxetine) weight gain was reported by at least 1 percent of people taking the medication. However, it is more typical for people to lose weight while taking cymbalta (duloxetine). If you do notice weight gain during treatment, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may recommend lifestyle changes, such as eating heart-healthy foods and exercising more, or may suggest switching to another antidepressant. ...Read more

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Would 40 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) generally be considered to low a dose for ocd/depression/anxiety. I am contemplating going to 60 with my dr's approval.

Would 40 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) generally be considered to low a dose for ocd/depression/anxiety. I am contemplating going to 60 with my dr's approval.

Not low: Since 60mg per day is the recommended maximum dose per day. Yes, do discuss with your doctor about why and what symptoms you need greater control over. ...Read more

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How long does cymbalta (duloxetine) take to work for severe anxiety? I know It can take few weeks for it to help for depression but is it faster for anxiety?

Treatment: For optimal results duloxetine therapy should be assessed at 2, 4, and up to 8 weeks. It offers more longterm benefits compared to short term benefits.

Pending response, dose needs to be optimized as indicated and tolerated. ...Read more

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Can you combine taking cymbalta (duloxetine) and naltrexone for depression?

Can you combine taking cymbalta (duloxetine) and naltrexone for depression?

Probably: Cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression is fine. I find no indication for the use of Naltrexone in depression. If you are referring to just having to use the two at the same time, I find no contraindication for using the two together, ie, no drug to drug interaction. Both drugs are for serious illness and make shure you thoroughly discuss this with your pcp, addiction md, other provider or pharmacist/pharmd. ...Read more

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Is Cymbalta (duloxetine) work well with Risperdal? For anxiety and depression?

Is Cymbalta (duloxetine) work well with Risperdal? For anxiety and depression?

Reasonable combo: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a SNRI for depression, anxiety and pain and Risperdal is a med that helps with agitation, paranoia. A low dose of Risperdal added to antidepressants can boost the antidepressant effects esp as it helps anxiety/agitation. Additional side effects are possible but can be monitored by prescriber. All patients on these meds should be regularly monitored. ...Read more

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What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

Neither: Whichever medication works for you, and is tolerated by you is the best drug for you. ...Read more

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Can I take wellbutrin 150 with Cymbalta (duloxetine) if im bulimic for depression?

Can I take wellbutrin 150 with Cymbalta (duloxetine) if im bulimic for depression?

PROBABLY NOT: There is an issue with the use of Wellbutrin (bupropion) in patients with bulimia due to a lowering of the seizure threshold. I hope that you are getting some help with a therapist as well. ...Read more

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Why does my Abilify (aripiprazole) make me so tierd, what else should I take for my depression and mood swings?

Why does my Abilify (aripiprazole) make me so tierd, what else should I take for my depression and mood swings?

Drug side effects: Abilify (aripiprazole), (aripiprazole) even though it is well portrayed as an idyllic add-on for resistant depression in the well done tv and print ads, is one of a class of major psychiatric medications called the "atypical antipsychotics." ever member of this class can dope you up and fog you out. The ideal dose of Abilify (aripiprazole) for anti-depressant augementation is in the neighborhood of 2 mg - 5 mg. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on 60 mg of Cymbalta I can't barely walk I have no relief from my depression I don't want to move I feel like I can't move I'm now do?

My doctor put me on 60 mg of Cymbalta I can't barely walk I have no relief from my depression I don't want to move I feel like I can't move I'm now do?

Please get seen: Hi
Sorry to hear that you've been suffering from these symptoms. I'd strongly urge you to call your doctor immediately and tell them what is going on. If something happened and you truly can't move at all or are feeling suicidal, please call 911. ...Read more