Posted by awatts on January 16, 2005, at 11:58:51
In reply to Cymbalta vs Effexor, posted by gadman on January 16, 2005, at 8:32:05
> Hi All...
> I have been on Effexor XR for appr. 3 years now with fantastic results. I started at 37.5 mg and moved up to 75 where I stayed up until now.
> The side effects I had with effexor were increased Blood Pressure (Which I am taking a med to control) and weight gain. I was/am getting headaches also, but not sure if that is the Effexor or not.
> The Doc recently recommended I switch to Cymbalta for the BP and the weight gain. Right now I am in the transition stage and at 30 mg of Cymbalta and 37.5 mg of Effexor.
> I am a week into the process and here is what I have noticed.... Mild to extreme depression, Lethargic, and sexual dysfunction... All of these which I did not have on the Effexor alone.
> Right now I am not sure if it is the Effexor Withdrawal or the Cymbalta... I am considering going back to the 75 mg of Effexor if this is what I can expect from the Cymbalta.
> I know it is early in the process, but I would hate to fight thru this and find out the Cymbalta is not working or causing these side effects (Especially the depression and sex).
> Thanks for listening. What are your thoughts?
For most people, Cymbalta has turned out to be a real disappointment. Go back to Effexor XR ASAP.
Effexor XR was the only AD that has ever worked for me (225 mg), but I discontinued it only because it totally shut me down sexually. I tried Cymbalta (60 mg), and it also ended sex and didn't even help my depression.
I should mention that I also take 0.25 mg of Klonopin twice a day for anxiety.
I might try Provigil for depression and energy/motivation/concentration. Not sure yet.