Posted by Racer on March 2, 2008, at 20:38:59
In reply to Re: How long does Cymbalta take to start working?, posted by Jamal Spelling on March 2, 2008, at 18:14:22
> > I just wish I knew why you stopped taking Cymbalta.
I stopped it because it wasn't working well enough for me, and the situation I was in led me to believe that I would be better off without it.
How's that for cryptic?
A lot of the problems I was having at that time related to a doctor for whom I was experiencing a very deep distrust. That certainly played a part in how well any medication could work for me. At the time I stopped Cymbalta, it seemed to be adding to the problems I was still having -- problems that I have had with every serotinergic medication I've ever taken. It had its good points, but it wasn't helpful enough to continue, so I stopped it.
I'm sorry I can't offer something that would be more helpful. Here's what I can offer: I have not done well with any of the serotinergic medications. They can numb me out a bit, but they don't fix what ails me, and rarely give me the boost I need to try to fix those things myself. It's less like being in remission from depression, and more like not giving a rat's behind that I am depressed. Cymbalta was by far the best serotinergic medication I have ever tried, though, if that helps. Far fewest side effects, and it did have some beneficial effects. I thought it was a good medication, I had no trouble tapering off it, and I recommend it without hesitation.
If you've ever had any benefit from any serotinergic drug, give this one a try -- it really wasn't that I stopped it for being a bad drug. I stopped it for not being a good enough drug for me at that time under those circumstances. I will even discuss trying it again with my doctor.
I hope that is more helpful to you.