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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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

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

Cymbalta (duloxetine): 60mg. per day. Very few cases may require 90mg. up to 120mg. ...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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I'm on cymbalta normally anxiety/depression free. I have break-throughs. My mom, who's a RN, will give me Xanax. How do u think Buspar (buspirone) will affect me?

 I'm on cymbalta normally anxiety/depression free. I have break-throughs. My mom, who's a RN, will give me Xanax. How do u think Buspar (buspirone) will affect me?

Depends: I've used Buspar (buspirone) for patients with anxiety with varying success. Typically it's used as a regularly scheduled medication 3x a day & I've found success with this. Rarely I have used it on an as needed basis & found a few patients who have responded well. It's less potent than Xanax/Ativan but those also comes with less risk for abuse. I like to trial it at 5 mg 3x/day prn & increase as needed. ...Read more

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Im on Cymbalta 60mg Risperdal 0.25 i start today Buspar (buspirone) 2.5mg morning &2.5mg night i feel anxious nerves depressed and hot in body is that normal ?

Im on Cymbalta 60mg Risperdal 0.25 i start today Buspar (buspirone) 2.5mg morning &2.5mg night i feel anxious nerves depressed and hot in body is that normal ?

Medication Effects: Taking multiple medications and concerned about how you are feeling? Questions about side effects or medication reactions should be directed to your prescribing doctor or pharmacist. This is the safest way to be sure that the medication you are taking is appropriate for you and the fastest way to alleviate any anxiety. ...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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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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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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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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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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On Celexa 20mg for years for depression. Dr. said to d/c that & start Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg for depr. & fibromyalgia. Do I d/c 1 & start the other all @ once?

On Celexa 20mg for years for depression. Dr. said to d/c that & start Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg for depr. & fibromyalgia. Do I d/c 1 & start the other all @ once?

No: I wouldn't. they are different drugs with different mechanisms of action, which may lead to withdrawl. If you are going to stop celexa, I would taper over at least one month while on cymbalta (duloxetine). ...Read more

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