Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 579755

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Sleepiness from Cymbalta

Posted by Cybele on November 17, 2005, at 17:39:21

I have been on 60mg of Cymbalta for 6 weeks now, and definitely experienced an improvement in my depression at about the 4 week mark. I was finally able to concentrate! However, the sleepiness I feel on this med continues. When I get up in the morning I feel pretty good for about 5-6 hours, but after noon I am pretty much shot for the rest of the day. I often take a nap. As a result of this sleepiness, I am not getting much done!

Has anyone experience with sleepiness continuing this long with the medication? Did anything help? I am going to try switching to taking it in the morning. Perhaps it has been messing with my REM sleep by taking it at night?


Re: Sleepiness from Cymbalta Cybele

Posted by Phillipa on November 17, 2005, at 22:39:04

In reply to Sleepiness from Cymbalta, posted by Cybele on November 17, 2005, at 17:39:21

I had the oposite effect when I took it around a year ago. It started waking me up early so I stopped it. Should have stayed with it maybe it was the depression lifting? Fondly, Phillipa


Re: Sleepiness from Cymbalta Phillipa

Posted by Cybele on November 18, 2005, at 6:40:19

In reply to Re: Sleepiness from Cymbalta Cybele, posted by Phillipa on November 17, 2005, at 22:39:04

Well, it does seem to be helping me, and I am in the antidepressant-resistant group. Effexor might have helped *a little*, but I was exercising regularly so it just as easily have been that which helped my mood/concentration a bit. I gained 20 pounds on Effexor (not eating any more than before), so I axed that one! Wellbutrin helped a long time ago, but over the years, when I would go back to it, it eventually lowered my REM latency to NIL (I was practically narcoleptic). Cymbalta has improved my concentration, altho it didn't kick in for a solid 4 weeks at 60 mg. It has also made me enjoy things more. I have fallen back in love with my children, lol. Gosh, my 6-year old is adorable and funny! I have no problem getting up in the morning, but that darn sleepiness kicks in after a while. I have been having a lot of long, vivid dreams, but my REM latency seems OK. It takes me a little longer to fall asleep than when I was depressed and med-free.

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