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    PoppyQueen is offline Senior Member
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    Default Helping PAWS with Anti-depressants

    More of a question. Does anyone have an opinion on taking prescribed anti-depressants to help with PAWS? I would think the newer class of anti's, the SSRI's might help? Or a combination of say, Zoloft (for severe anxiety) and Cymbalta (for depression and pain).

    I am currently on Cymbalta and Wellbutrin. I'd think if the Cymbalta was upped it may help.

    This may have been addressed before and I'm too lazy to look through the pages.



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    Search SSNRI addiction or Effexor withdrawal. Seems the SSNRI's are quite addictive and people are suffering and having a heck of a time getting off of these... Cymbalta for one is supposed to be very bad.

    Plenty of web sites devoted to depression that have many threads in the forums with people struggling to get off of these new "wonder" drugs.

    The older AD's may be a better choice!

    Been there, done that, wore out the tee shirt.

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    I did find that wellbutrin helped since it "appears" to work on dopamine receptors. There is a risk of seizure with wellbutrin however, which is increased if you are taking benzo's or alcohol. I tend to agree with bup4pain about the two atypicals effexor and cymbalta. The truth is however that with any antidepressant some folks get saved and others crash hard. Its a crapshoot and B4p is also right that the older antidepressants still have a higher efficacy rate, but usually more side effects. If you're already on cymbalta presumably 60mgs a day and it isn't working why even mess with upping the dose.-glass

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    I asked my doctor about this one--he wasn't very helpfull.

    On the one hand, I sure don't want to do any further damage--or

    develop extra risks, like that "electric-shock" effect that people-

    talk about, or, metabolic problems but on the other it intuitively

    sounds like a good idea.

    Since PAWS is so much like depression, and the fact that it's non-

    narcotic.

    Maybe they could invent a special anti-depressant for Post accute

    w/d?? (not heroin[xx(]).


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    Funny you should ask...

    I was taking Cymbalta for my PAWS just a few weeks ago. Interestingly my cravings dissappeared the very day I started on the drug. Unfortunately it was raising hell with my liver. Do a google search on 'cymbalta liver damage' and you'll see what I mean.

    I've actually taken cymbalta before and found it effective for depression. Its true there are addictive properties that you'll have to deal with when you quit but if you can kick sub you should be ok. YMMV however, some people get their butt kicked by the w/ds.

    Ultimately I decided after 3 years of various opiates I'd like to just feel like myself for a change, even if that was a bit of a challenge.

    g'luck,
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    Thank you all for your opinions! I shall take it up with my therapist in March. I am taking 30mg. of Cymbalta and 300mg. of Wellbutrin. All these drugs to feel normal? Whats the F is normal?

    I have had those head zaps before switching off of Lexapro.

    Thanks again all.



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    Would someone tell me what PAWS means? thanks Hope

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    PAWS means Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

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