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New AD: sedation versus depression question

Posted by Racer on August 30, 2004, at 14:39:58

I just started Cymbalta last week, and so far it's reminding me a lot of my experience with Effexor. Now, don't get me wrong, once Effexor was augmented effectively, it saved my life. Effexor is not a drug created specifically by the devil to torture people, it just wasn't an optimal treatment for me.

The AD effects -- if any -- aren't apparent yet, so I'm trying to keep that in mind. The sedation and amotivation, though, ARE -- in a very big way. That's actually feeding the depression itself. It's not a bad thing for me that the drug seems to hit my anxiety strongly and quickly, but right now -- between the time it does that and the time any AD effects become apparent -- this amotivation and sedation and general lethargy are *not* welcome guests.

I read recently that some doctors were suggesting that some of the "sedation" reported with ADs was not so much that, as residual depression. I'm wondering what people here think? I'm also wondering, from anyone else who's experienced that utter sluggishness on ADs, if anything has helped with it?

Thank you all so much for your responses.




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