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Re: cymbalta barbaracat

Posted by Minnie-Haha on March 25, 2005, at 14:40:20

In reply to Re: cymbalta concerned partner, posted by barbaracat on March 25, 2005, at 14:17:05

> Hi, I'm not able to post to Newbie so hopefully you'll get this. Your poor guy - I hope my experience will help a little. You might run across my other posts about Cymbalta on this board. I had and am having a particularly unusual and interesting experience with it. First of all, I cannot believe that any informed psychiatrist would give Cymbalta to a bipolar at such a high dose. Perhaps for unipolar vegetative depression, but Cymbalta is extremely activating and destabling for bipolars, even starting at 1mg...
> I am bipolar and was given a starting dose of 30mg. I was having psychedelic effects on it, anxiety, gastric upset, muscle cramps and insomnia. It pushed me into an agitated mixed state. But I did notice an antidepressant quality worth pursuing anyway and wondered what a small dose would do. Over a week I dropped down to 3 pellets out of the capsule and experienced a profound lift in my severe depression with no side effects...

FWIW: I am Bipolar Type 2 and I take Cymbalta with Trileptal and feel good. It was doing a great job on my anxiety, depression and insomnia at 60mg, but I dropped down to 40mg cause my blood pressure was up a little. Not quite as effective at this lower dose, but still way better than I was feeling on Trileptal alone.




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