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Re: Cymbalta- to linkadge

Posted by utopizen on October 11, 2004, at 18:13:00

In reply to Re: Cymbalta- to linkadge, posted by linkadge on October 11, 2004, at 17:34:34

> I would like to give cymbalta a try, the only problem is that its not avaliable here in canada (anger)

For depression: Lamictal is generally, at least here in the states, ADDed to an antidepressant to increase the AD's effectiveness, not as a substitute. I tried it, but got some benign rash, so had to come off.

Isn't there some sort of thing your docs can do, like file some paperwork to get special permission for you to get a U.S. med imported?

I'm surprised if they don't allow that, especially since you report suicidal ideation at times (I'm confident, since you went to the hospital, you were brave enough about confessing to suicidal ideation).

Have you tried high (300-450mg) of Effexor? Lexapro is what I'm on at 20mg, but it's not that great. Forest Labs claims it's superior to Effexor, but I'm assuming they just used a low dose of Effexor.

Effexor is kinda like Cymbalta, in a less refined way. I took it for 6 months for social anxiety. I was so happy and motived and loved life, but I also never dealth with depression in my life before at the time, I don't know of what antidepressant qualities it would give me now if I tried it.

Seriously, do make an effort to leave progress updates with your doc at least weekly, especially if you aren't noticing improvement- don't wait for appointments. And hopefully you are seeing him every 2-3 weeks.

I saw mine weekly when my depression was really bad, and I think everyone should in extreme cases.

Lithium is often added to an antidepressant in non-bipolars to maximize the effect of the antidepressant as well.

But if your doc isn't going to med change you, for the love of god, at LEAST go up to 200mg, as fast as possible, with the Zoloft!!! My starting dose was 100, and my doc called that extremely low. And keep uping the Risperdal routinely, and if you experience depression or fatigue on it, ask if you can have some Provigil or Adderall.




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