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Re: Cymbalta Samples-Question theo

Posted by SLS on August 25, 2004, at 7:53:22

In reply to Re: Cymbalta Samples-Question SLS, posted by theo on August 25, 2004, at 7:28:59

> I guess my question would be, in the past 4-5 days you've been taking 30mg, do you think it can be taken once daily? Any peaks and valleys? How far are you planning to split your doses apart while taking 30mg BID to avoid the 2nd dose causing "possible" insomnia?
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> My doctor will prescribe Cymbalta however I want to and all the studies I've read, even at high doses, show Cymbalta taken BID. I've never seen anything about taking 60mg once daily, except in Lilly's prescribing info. Do you think Cymbalta can realistically be taken as once daily dosing after your experiance taking 30mg once daily?
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> Did your doctor have any input on dosing?


I didn't speak to him at length regarding the dosing of Cymbalta because I basically had him write me a script over the phone as soon as I heard it was approved. He has been speaking to the drug reps for quite a few months regarding Cymbalta, so I assume he knew what he was doing when he prescribed it. I'll know more when I see him next week.

I would rather take Cymbalta b.i.d. only because it seems to make sense intuitively. However, if cost is an issue, purchasing the 60mg must surely be more economical than using twice as many 30mg.

I know how urgently you require definitive information. I really can't provide you with anything more at the moment. If you are a litte bit bashful about taking 60mg as your first dose, perhaps you can open the capsule and dump half of it for a couple of days. Otherwise, I would go ahead and try the 60mg once a day and see what happens. With the short half-life, you can always skip a dose to relieve you of any adverse effects that emerge.

I'll be increasing from 30mg to 60mg b.i.d. today. I generally dose at 7:00am and 10:00pm. I doubt I will know much about side effects for a few days. Right now, somnolence is becoming an issue.

Good luck.


- Scott

 

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