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Cymbalta will cure everything!

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by jamejamesjames1, May 16, 2020.

  1. jamejamesjames1

    jamejamesjames1 Peer Supporter

    I'm being tongue in cheek and I know the answers.most would give...

    But I've been hearing lots of people say cymbalta helps with anxiety depression and pain and does so really well.

    I've been on this mind body approach for months for little to show for it. While I believe nothing physical is happening it is tempting if a pill.could ease my brain...

    Anyone out there with experience? I'm leaning towards no but.... Just putting it out there
  2. miffybunny

    miffybunny Beloved Grand Eagle

    This is just my personal opinion but if a person's anxiety level is so high that it inhibits reasoning and sleep (they are in constant fight or flight), then an antidepressant can be a tool in the tool box for doing the TMS work. It's not something to be taken for pain relief but rather to normalize mood and thoughts (less rumination and obsessive thought patterns). I have taken Prozac on and off since 1992 and it helps me to feel more even and normalized. One can choose other tools such as meditation or yoga of course, but in some cases an antidepressant can help a person through a rough patch. I've spoken to people whose anxiety was so high that I felt as if nothing I was saying was even registering because the anxiety (or even depression/despair) was so overwhelming.
  3. Dorado

    Dorado Beloved Grand Eagle

    I am going to be completely honest with you because I wish my doctors had been with me. Antidepressants can certainly work for some people and that’s great, but I rarely recommend starting with SNRIs such as Cymbalta, Effexor, and Pristique. SNRIs have have very short half lives (average = 12 to 13 hours versus Prozac’s 4 to 6 days with long-term use) and also target norepinephrine in addition to serotonin (Prozac, Zoloft, etc. are SSRIs and only affect serotonin). Because of this, SNRIs can be harder to discontinue. My intention is not to tell you that it’ll definitely be harder for you, because some people are fine, but it is something to be aware of before you make a decision. If you do want to try an antidepressant, I’d recommend asking for genetic testing to see what you’re compatible with (if possible - I know it may not be right now) and also requesting something with a longer half life. It’s definitely possible to come off Cymbalta and I’m proof of that, but I really dislike how the medical system isn’t upfront about this because it gave me unnecessary stress.

    If you’ve tried everything else possible and truly need an antidepressant to help you relax for a bit as you do the TMS work, that is totally fine. Personally, I wish my doctors had worked with me to find something else because other relaxation methods worked much better for my personal situation - different things for different people. But there’s no shame in combining antidepressants with TMS work if they benefit someone. If you do end up taking Cymbalta and eventually wish to come off of it, consider asking your doctor about switching to Prozac and then tapering because Prozac apparently makes the taper process easier given its longer half life. Regardless, ask your doctor if they’ve helped patients taper off Cymbalta in the past and let them know that having a plan is important to you, should you ever want to stop.
  4. miffybunny

    miffybunny Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's what I love about Prozac! Imo, the pharmaceutical companies came out with imitations of Prozac...zoloft, celexa, lexapro etc. so doctors started pushing those. I also have a suspicion that there's a stigma with Prozac and somehow "celexa" etc. "sounds better" (I could be wrong about this but it's my theory) but Prozac has ben around the longest. If I forget a dose, it's not a big deal and getting off it has never been an issue for me.
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  5. Dorado

    Dorado Beloved Grand Eagle

    @miffybunny, it really is true that Prozac has a better track record of patients having more flexibility to come on and off of it as needed! I’m really glad it helped you. I wish I had requested Prozac when my doctors recommended Cymbalta, and if I needed an antidepressant, Prozac would be the one I’d ask for personally! Also, with regard to pain, the fact that you had CRPS (one of the most painful conditions ever) and benefitted from Prozac helping you relax to do the TMS work is super hopeful.
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